Damian Balassone’s poems and articles have appeared in a variety of Australian and international publications, including Quadrant, Overland, Arena, Eureka Street, Australian Poetry Journal, Light and Lighten Up, as well as being broadcast on ABC Radio and praised in The Age. This page acts as a map for poems published online, as well as providing details of forthcoming publications:
The Galaxy for Our Eyes and 4 other poems in Blackmail Press.
Pinocchio On Stage, The Lemur, Actor’s Lament and Beauty and the Billionaire in various editions of Lighten Up. You will also find the short poems The Comedian and Masquerade of Man on the Interval pages.
Donna’s Doonas, Papal Nation and Phrases in Light.
The Mormon and the Mermaid in Shot Glass Journal.
The Shell Collector in Tongues of the Ocean.
The Big Dance, a poem celebrating Grand Final day in Melbourne, in The Footy Almanac. A sound file reading of the poem is permanently installed in one of the pedestrian access passages under the Sherrin Stand, Victoria Park. The project by artist Duke Albada was commissioned by the Yarra City Council. Damian has also contributed to the last five editions of The Footy Almanac, edited by John Harms and Paul Daffey, and available at all good book stores.
The Rainmaker a tribute to Burt Lancaster published in Verse Wisconsin.
The Sportsman or the Scientist? in The Roar. This poem also appears in the anthology And the Crowd Goes Wild: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems. See the website here. As part of promotion for the book, a video of the author reading the poem was featured at No Water River.
Hello Darlin’ in Stereo Stories.
The Lighthouse in the Caribbean Children’s Literature Ezine Anansesem, previously published in Footprints.
Daniel Yammacoona is available at Readings Bookstores.
Prince of the Apple Towns is available at Brotherhood Books.
Daniel Yammacoona reviewed at Cordite.
Footy Quatrains in the wonderful sports journal Long Bombs to Snake which is available for purchase in both print and pixel. It is reviewed in The Age by Martin Flanagan here with a nice little reference to Damian’s poetry.
Other poems recently published in print form include:
The Tears of Spock, Cleopatra, Maps, Bathroom Wars, Accolades for the Acolyte, In Praise of Carbohydrates, The Importance of Religion, The Wooer, Strange Rain, Taylor Swift, The iMirror and The Difference in various editions of Quadrant (chosen by Les Murray). Poems are available in pixel via the Quadrant pay wall.
Dandaloo in Arena magazine.
The Giant Badgers of Basra in Australian Rationalist in response to a story that giant badgers were roaming the streets of Basra.
Confirmation from Canberra’s Crematorium in Australian Rationalist.
The Treasurer Departs in Australian Rationalist.
The Sorrento (1950) in Australian Sea Heritage.
The Last Bison in Deadly Vibe.
Judas and Jezebel in The Mozzie.
The Stonefish in Sea Things (a project commissioned by ABC Radio National and the The Red Room Company). There’s also a short poem by Damian in the Red Room Company initiative The Disappearing (which originally appeared in Haiku Dreaming).
Jeremiah’s Lament for Josiah in Time of Singing. The poem previously appeared in Messianic Literary Corner.
The Flower Girls of Fiji and The Messiah from Moe in Australian Poetry Journal (Sotto).
And for sports fans who lean towards the feats of the mercurial: the 35 greatest goals from the boot of Peter Daicos.