When a Poet Rips Himself to Shreds

My collaboration with my artist friend Tony Thorne, that culminated in Last Days of the Mill (a finalist in the 2013 Tasmanian Book Prize), left me with profound ethical misgivings on one particular score. In this 2017 paper, I face that demon down. And in the process I make some important claims about the uses [...]

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Islands Breed Poets

This little paper exists in article and essay forms. It gets cited surprisingly often, but I would probably write it differently today. It's a quirky little argument. I insist that the poetry of islands follows its own rules, and all you out there living on mainlands should bloody well read it! The Poetics of Island [...]

Hay is going to the Faroe Islands to talk about Tasmanian Poetry!

Ever heard of the Faroe Islands? They're half way between Scotland and Iceland, more or less, and as far as I can tell, they are most famous for puffins, sheep and magnificent woollen jumpers. And that they still whale. It's basically a vertical-cliffed protrusion of basalt. And it rains a lot. I'm going to an [...]