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Solutions from 10
A Lesson in Punctuation
The moon hangs, horizontal comma in the sky.
It fades, its edges blurring, as day dawns.
Pellucid blue now overlaid with lemon haze,
For eggshell light brings change the moon
did not foresee.
Transfixed, I watch its diminution
And think on commas, water playing
From the forgotten hose, still held abstractedly.
This pre-dawn watering is contemplation time.
Night passes: a stray bird cuts fluttering ribbons
Of disturbance, scribbles patter ns
as it scores the sky.
The comma is a pause, a catching of the breath,
We told our students. Not like the full stop
Of your life. These days I live the comma
Of anticipation, waiting still to see what s next.
Valerie Volk is a former secondary English teacher and tertiary
lecturer with her PhD in Education Studies.
Reader unpublished poems to 30 lines can be emailed with postal
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Box 114 Adelaide 5001. A poetry book will be awarded to each
POET'S CORNER Compiled by John Miles
Caroline Reid is a comedian,
and we are conversing on
the internet. But using the
acronym "LOL" in an interview
still seems weird.
Her jovial replies to questions
generally end with this indication
that she is laughing -- lots. Despite
it being a little off-putting to a
tech-speak luddite, it does give her
an endearing quality.
It also contradicts the general
belief that comedians get most
of their laughs by being rude or
nasty. Reid s most famous onstage
alter ego, Pam Ann, has been
described more than once as rude
-- but she doesn t see it.
"I don t think Pam Ann is
'awfully rude !" she says.
"She speaks her mind. Perhaps
that is confused with rudeness?
Pam Ann is a strong woman
with an opinion and a sense of
Pam Ann is an exceptional
woman. She reflects the spirit of
the glamorous flight hostesses
of the 60s, with plenty of sass
but maybe a little less practical
training and knowledge than you
Reid has been playing the
character for 13 years, and
sometimes also embodies a host
of other flight attendant types
to keep Pam company. She is
heading to Australia with a solo
Pan Ann comedy this August in
a follow-up to sold-out US and
Originally from Melbourne,
Reid finds home audiences are
more like those in the US than the
"I love my Aussie fans. They are
one of the best audiences in the
world," she says.
"USA is similar to Australia
-- they are both very vocal and
gobby. Whereas British audiences
are a little more reserved but
brilliant in their own way. The
Germans, though, they are crazy
Pam Ann is successfully
building her profile overseas,
but she has been established in
Australia for some time, even
starring in her own television
show. And while she is famous for
her over-the-top hair and makeup,
Reid has no intention of stopping
Pam from ageing as the years
"I am looking forward to
that -- ageing is part of life, after
all! She may go and work for AA
(American Airlines), where they
have some of the oldest crew in
Some of the hostesses from
these airlines provide real-world
reflections of Pam, which Reid
has observed as she travels
around the globe.
"I see Pam Ann in many cabin
crew, especially the old-school
girls on BA and AA. The gals that
have been flying for decades and
flew at a time when boarding a
Boeing meant style, class and
And it also meant a lot of hair-
spray. Reid says she ll struggle
to get her bumper pack through
security, but when she does you ll
see the benefits on stage.
Pam Ann Live -- Aussie Layover
lands at the Thebarton Theatre on
Eighty-three poems presented
in five distinct sets make up
this first full volume of poetry
from Ros Schulz.
By the set or the individual
poems, however, the collec-
tion is strong and rewarding,
with enough earnest material
to cover a full range of experi-
ence and emotion. Mallee
farm heritage, urban old age
and loneliness, childhood and
teenage angst crowd the book,
yet still leave room for more.
Exotic Indonesia and
Kakadu, Windy Point and
Aldinga Beach, don t seem
out of place together, while
the natural world in general
gets both some beautiful, and
Why, there s even room
for a poem about poets, with
some wry suggestion as to
what the real value to society
those strange creatures
And although it s a wise
old saying to not judge a
book by its cover, sometimes
a cover s promise can be
In this case it is, with depth,
strong colour and a mixed
suggestion of meaning, all in
a cover print by Ros s artist-
husband Peter Schulz. Inside,
her poetry offers a similar
vigour and diversity.
Poetry reading for those
both dedicated to the craft
and the newcomers.
-- John Miles
Ginninderra Press, $22
BOOK REVIEW Weight of Evidence, Ros Schulz
Pam's still flying
high 13 years on
Caroline Reid is bringing Pam Ann back to thrill Australian audiences.
PALACE NOVA EASTEND, WALLIS MITCHAM & TRAK CINEMA
A towering artistic genius, a boy with stars in his eyes
& the love that stood between them.
"A TALE TO RESTORE A SMILE TO YOUR FACE"
"This film is too good
not to be true"
Margaret Pomeranz, AT THE MOVIES
David Stratton, AT THE MOVIES
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