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Dennis’s new book of poetry, titled And Yet…, is due to be published in May 2020. The book is divided into four sections, the first a follow up to his previous book, Ahead of Us (2016). Characteristically, the collection includes love poems, elegies, comic poetry, and ekphrastic poems. Some derive from travel to Hong Kong, Malta, Singapore, The Philippines, The Netherlands, and Taiwan. They aspire to a combination of intellect and emotion that appeal to a fulness of being.
Dennis has been invited to read his poetry in Hangzhou, China from 5-8 April. The visit is prompted by scholars and poets at Zhejiang University translating some of his poems.
Dennis is conducting a poetry workshop for emerging writers on behalf of WA Poets Inc from 10.30am-1.30pm on 16 February at the OUT in Perth Office in Northbridge. The subject is:
The music and texture of poetic language
Poetry is the richest use of language that we ever achieve; that, I believe, is what makes it poetry, although the richness can vary according to subject and the poet’s stance. Language has its own music and, although it is abstract and this fact is rarely recognised, has its own texture. Through the accidents of history, English is the richest language in the world and this workshop is intended to make you more aware of its possibilities, particularly through a focus on sound patterning, rhythm and extended syntax.
In October Dennis joined Annamaria Weldon in reading a selection of their poetry in Valletta for the University of Malta.
Later in October he spoke on a panel at the Australian Short Story Festival, held at the Centre for Stories in Northbridge, Perth. The Panel with Marcella Polain and Rosemary Sayer, all Committee members of the Perth PEN Centre, concerned the power of the word and its conflicts with the sword.
In early November Dennis was Distinguished Visiting Professor at the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He gave talks, met members of the English Department as well as the Rector and Deputy Rector of the University, conducted a poetry workshop and judged a poetry competition.