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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Godong Ijo Garden

Godong Ijo Garden
Godong Ijo – Area agrowisata. Berada di Depok, di Jl. Cinangka, Sarua, Bojongsari. Luas 2,5 hektare. Tersedia green house dengan segala perlengkapan budi daya tanaman, showroom tanaman, salon tanaman. Godong Ijo berdiri pada 2003 dan kini tersedia ribuan tanaman hias seperti adenium dengan berbagai jenis hasil persilangannya, aglonema, bromeliad, plumeria, tanaman buah, puring, palem, dll. Area pemancingan keluarga sambil lesehan bernama Banyu Ijo Lake Fishing dengan luas 4.000m2 dilengkapi hot spot. Pada fun fishing, pemancing dapat memasak ikan hasil pancingan. Lalu, pada pemancingan sistem jackpot, tersedia hadiah menarik. Buka mulai pukul 09.00 WIB hingga 17.00 WIB, Godong Ijo juga menyediakan sarana eco-tainment atau ekologi dan entertainment, program bagi siswa TK hingga SMP untuk mempelajari keragaman flora dan fauna. Juga program super map atau pusat pelatihan fast learning bernuansa flora dan fauna. Terdapat dua pilihan program eco-tainment yaitu Young Greeners untuk usia playgroup & TK serta Learning Camp untuk playgroup hingga SMA. Semua program dapat dilaksanakan dengan program dua bahasa. Peserta minimal 35 orang. Sebagai arena wisata, di Godong Ijo juga dapat dijumpai kura-kura raksasa, ikan buaya, ikan aiphama dari Amazon dan ular piton dengan panjang sekira 7,5m.



Godong Ijo
Jenis: Agrowisata
Berdiri: 2003
Pendiri: PT Godong Ijo Asri
Lokasi: Jl. Cinangka, Sarua, Bojongsari, Depok
Fasilitas: Green house, cafe alam, tempat pemancingan, gedung pertemuan, arena bermain anak-anak, sarana parkir luas
Alamat: Jl. Raya Cinangka No. 60 Km 10, Serua, Bojongsari, Depok 16517 (arah Ciputat ke Parung di kanan jalan, sekitar 2,6km sesudah perempatan Gaplek atau 3,6km sebelum Lap. Golf Sawangan), Telp: (021) 747-10678, Fax: (021) 741-3334, 0813-83765977, SMS 0858 8383 9999
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Grave of Sunan Giri

Grave of Sunan Giri
Sunan Giri, Makam – Sunan Giri merupakan satu dari sembilan Wali Songo yang menyebarkan Islam di Pulau Jawa. Lahir di Blambangan pada 1442 dan wafat pada 1506. Makamnya, yang juga menjadi wahana wisata budaya, berada di puncak bukit di Desa Giri, Kec. Kebomas, 2km arah selatan Kota Gresik, Jawa Timur. Cungkup makam terbuat dari kayu jati asli terdiri atas panel tumbuh-tumbuhannya. Pada Pintu Cungkup terdapat kala makara yang disilir motif tumbuh-tumbuhan. Gapura pintu masuk terbuat dari batu berkepala naga raja. Sunan Giri adalah putra dari pernikahan Maulana Ishawq (ulama dari Asia Tengah) dan Dewi Sekardadu, putri Menak Sembuyu, penguasa Bambangan, Banyuwangi. Ketika lahir, karena dianggap jadi kutukan dan munculnya wabah penyakit, Sunan Giri dihanyutkan di laut untuk kemudian dibawa ke Gresik oleh sejumlah pelaut dan diadopsi wanita saudagar Nyai Gede Penatih dan dinamai Joko Samudra. Pada masa dewasa, Joko Samudra belajar agama Islam pada Sunan Ampel di Surabaya. Mengetahui siapa sebenarnya Joko Samudra, Sunan Ampel mengirimkannya bersama Sunan Bonang (Makhdum Ibrahim) untuk mendalami agama di Pasai dan diterima Maulana Ishaq atau ayahandanya sendiri. Di Pasai pula Joko Samudra yang ternyata bernama Raden Paku, tahu siapa dirinya dan alasan mengapa dulu dibuang. Oleh Sunan Ampel sendiri, Joko Samudra diberi nama Ainul Yakin dan mendapat julukan

Raden Rakhmad. Sebagai kepala pemerintahan Islam di Jawa (mufti), Sunan Giri bergelar Prabu Satmoto. Panggilan lainnya adalah Sultan Abdul Faqih. Sunan Giri adalah pendiri Kerajaan Giri Keraton di Gresik. Selain itu, ada pendapat yang menyebutkan bahwa Sunan Giri merupakan keturunan Rasulullah SAW melalui galur Husain bin Ali, Ali Zainal Abidin, Muhammad al-Baqir, Ja'far ash-Shadiq, Ali al-Uraidhi, Muhammad al-Naqib, Isa ar-Rummi, Ahmad al-Muhajir, Ubaidullah, Alwi Awwal, Muhammad Sahibus Saumiah, Alwi ats-Tsani, Ali Khali' Qasam, Muhammad Shahib Mirbath, Alwi Ammi al-Faqih, Abdul Malik (Ahmad Khan), Abdullah (al-Azhamat) Khan, Ahmad Syah Jalal (Jalaluddin Khan), Jamaluddin Akbar al-Husaini (Maulana Akbar), Maulana Ishaq, dan 'Ainul Yaqin (Sunan Giri). Karena itu, ada juga yang menyebutnya Syekh Maghribi untuk menegaskan keturunannya dari Magrib atau Maroko. Babad Tanah Jawi versi J.J. Meinsma menyebutnya dengan nama Makhdum Ibrahim as-Samarqandy atau dalam lafal Jawa menjadi  Syekh Ibrahim Asmarakandi dan diduga lahir di Samarkan, Asia Tengah. Pendapat lain menyatakan berdasarkan pembacaan J.P. Moquette atas baris kelima tulisan pada prasasti makamnya di desa Gapura Wetan, Gresik yang mengindikasikan bahwa ia berasal dari Kashan, suatu tempat di Iran sekarang.
Makam Sunan Giri
Jenis: Wisata Budaya
Lokasi: Desa Giri, Kebomas
Jarak: 2km dari Kota Gresik
Fasilitas: Area parkir, masjid Giri,  
Perkayaan Sumber antara lain dari:
http://www.wisatanesia.com/2010/12/makam-sunan-giri_1755.html#ixzz1NJmoCGzY
http://www.wisatanesia.com/2010/12/makam-sunan-giri_1755.html
http://beachview.wordpress.com/2008/04/02/makam-sunan-giri/
http://www.visitgresik.com/artikel-religi/makam-sunan-giri
http://www.bangadang.com/berita/nusantara/1235-makam-sunan-giri-dan-maulana-malik-ibrahim-di-gresik
http://disbudpar.jatimprov.go.id/wisata/wisata-religi/143-wisata-religi-makam-sunan-giri.html




Monday, May 23, 2011

PACAL RESERVOIR

Pacal – Waduk Pacal merupakan salah satu objek wisata di Bojonegoro, terletak 35km arah selatan kota atau tepatnya di Kecamatan Temayang. Luas waduk sekira 3.878km2 dengan kedalaman 25m. Waduk dibangun oleh Belanda pada 1933. Selain menyaksikan kekokohan waduk, wisatawan juga dapat melihat panorama alam dan hutan jati. Setiap Oktober digelar upacara Larung Sengkolo dan Jamasan Waranggono Tayub untuk memperingati Hari Jadi Kabupaten Bojonegoro.

Waduk ini memiliki tiga pintu utama untuk pembuangan air. Dalam keadaan normal, waduk berisi sekitar 20 juta meter kubik air dan mengairi 16.600 hektare areal persawahan antara lain di Kedungadem, Sumberejo, Lapas, Dander, Temayang, dan Bojonegoro Kota. Dengan kendaraan umum, pengunjung bisa mencapai waduk ini dengan naik kendaraan jurusan Bojonegoro-Nganjuk plus jalan kaki sekira 2km.



Waduk Pacal
Jenis: Waduk
Berdiri: 1933
Pendiri: Belanda
Lokasi: Kecamatan Temayang
Jarak: 35km dari Kota Bojonegoro
Fasilitas: Penginapan, arena memancing, perahu dayung,
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Foto: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3445/3909077603_0d6f63da3d.jpg

Sunday, May 22, 2011

My First Play

by Verity Laughton
Carrying Light
Carrying Light by Verity Laughton
The first play I wrote wasn't produced. A small theatre company asked me to write a play for them on a subject to do with a particular Aboriginal community, and set me up to work with an Aboriginal collaborator. We researched together, we talked a lot, she contributed a key idea and I physically wrote the play. So - my play, but impossible without her.

The small theatre company then folded. In a panic, because this was my first -but I hoped not my last - chance at a real gig, I shopped the piece around. Eventually another theatre company picked up both that play and commissioned me for two further plays. I don't know why I scored this trifecta. The first play was, I think, a good piece of work but I lacked professional experience and I think the Artistic Director of the theatre company took a real chance on me, for which I am still grateful.

My co-worker was not just a brave and clever woman, she was also an extremely fiery one and she came to blows with the company, in particular the Artistic Director. I was given a choice. The company would continue to work on the play but only with me. It was a bad moment. I had no option, I think, but to withdraw my play, otherwise I was complicit in yet another act of colonial theft. So that was that. The play has never been performed. The moral of this story is that the same person may both give and take away an opportunity and the same collaborator may both make and mar a piece. And you can't be too precious, or judgmental about that. It's a tiny industry, with complex networks of loyalty and opportunity. I think we've all done things we would have preferred not to.

So it turned out that the first play I wrote and had professionally produced was the first of those two other plays commissioned by the second company.  As it also turned out, just one month into writing it, I discovered I was pregnant for the third time. The baby was due in production week. I'd waited so very long for my professional debut. (I was 35 at the time). I remember sitting in the director's office sobbing, most unprofessionally.

And the playwriting lesson in this tale? It's a simple one. Everything has a context and what you think you care about most may not be what you actually do. I wrote the play; it went into rehearsal; and two days before the opening performance I had my baby. It was a traumatic birth and my son ended up on life support, not expected to live, and with an 85% chance of severe brain damage if he did.

But I was lucky. He did live and in fact - as a genuine miracle - he's also got his more than his fair share of pretty efficient marbles.   In the end I attended my first and the company's final performance of my first-ever professional production with my baby, recently released from his hospital crib, strapped to me in a papoose. I remember watching the play with a sense of total detachment. I'd cared so very, very much and now none of it mattered at all.

So, moral for any other writer - try your hardest to write your best. But win or lose, remember, it's only a play, a game, such stuff as dreams are made of. Real suffering is something quite different, and perhaps, if there's only a limited amount of luck around, you need to save some of it for that.

Verity Laughton is teaching a two-day course Start Writing for the Stage at the Centre on Sundays 11 & 18 June, 10am - 4pm.

BUNG KARNO'S GRAVE


Bung Karno, Makam -- Bung Karno yang wafat pada 21 Juni 1970 dimakamkan di Kompleks Makam Bung Karno pada 22 Juni 1970. Makam ini terletak di Kelurahan Bendogerit, Kecamatan Sanan Wetan, sekira 2km arah utara Kota Blitar, Jawa Timur . Makam Bung Karno, yang tata ruangnya juga mengalami perubahan pada 2001, didampingi pada kiri kanan oleh Makam Ayahanda R. Soekeni Sosrodihardjo dan


Makam Ibunda Ida Aju Njoman Rai. Gapura Agung menghadap ke selatan. Bangunan utama disebut dengan Cungkup Makam Bung Karno berbentuk bangunan Joglo --bentuk seni bangunan Jawa dengan nama Astono Mulyo. Di atas Makam ada sebuah batu pualam hitam bertuliskan "Di Sini dimakamkan Bung Karno Proklamator Kemerdekaan Dan Presiden Pertama Republik Indonesia. Penyambung Lidah Rakyat Indonesia.". Luas kompleks pemakaman 4.852m2 setelah pada 2003 dibangun perpustakaan dan museum.

Makam Bung Karno
Jenis: Wisata Sejarah
Berdiri: 21 Juni 1970 (pemugaran)
Lokasi: Jl. Slamet Riyadi, Kelurahan Bendogerit, Sanan Wetan, Blitar, Jawa Timur
Jarak: 2km dari Kota Blitar
Fasilitas: Perpustakaan, museum, masjid, Bangsal, tempat istirahat, taman
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Alas Purwo National Park



Alas Purwo, Taman Nasional – Terletak di Kecamatan Tegaldlimo dan Kecamatan Purwoharjo, Kabupaten Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur. Hutan ini diresmikan sebagai Taman Nasional melalui SK Menteri Kehutanan pada 26 Februari 1992. Kawasan ini teretak pada ketinggian 0-322 m di atas permukaan laut. Kawasan tertinggi terdapat di Gunung Lingga Manis (322m dpl). Di hutan ini terdapat hutan bambu (40%), hutan bakau (mangrove), hutan tanaman, hutan alam, dan padang penggembalaan. Dari 40% hutan bambu, terdapat sedikitnya 13 jenis bambu sementara pada bagian lainnya tercatat 584 jenis tumbuhan. Kondisinya yang masih alami menjadi habitat sejumlah satwa liar seperti lutung budeng, banteng, ajag rusa, macan tutul, kucing bakau, burung merak, dan ayam hutan. Jenis burung yang sudah teridentifikasi sebanyak 236 jenis. Letaknya yang di pinggir pantai juga menjadi arena yang cocok untuk para penggemar selancar air di

Pantai Plengkung atau G-Land hingga Pantai Pancur (8km) Pantai lainnya adalah Segara Anakan, Pantai Trianggulasi, dan Pantai Ngagelan. Para pelancong juga bisa menikmati penyu lekang, penyu belimbing, penyu sisik, dan penyu hijau. Keanekaragaman jenis fauna di kawasan ini  dapat dibedakan menjadi 4 kelas yaitu Mamalia, Aves, Pisces dan Reptilia. Jenis mamalia tercatat sebanyak 31 jenis. Alas Purwo dalam bahasa Jawa berarti Hutan Tertua dan karenanya dianggap keramat dan karenanya juga cocok bagi para penggemar wisata sejarah dan ziarah. Di beberapa tempat terdapat lokasi untuk bersemedi, khususnya bagi penganut Hindu di Pura Luhur Giri Salaka. Gua lain yang dianggap keramat adalag Gua Padepokan, Gua Istana, Gua Putri, dan Gua Macan. Seluruhnya, Alas Purwo memiliki 40 gua alam dan gua buatan. Salah satu yang terkenal adalah gua buatan Gua Jepang. Terdapat sejumlah mata air di Gunung Kuncur, Gunung Kunci, Goa Basori, dan Sendang Srengenge. Secara umum, kawasan yang dikenal sebagai Semenanjung Blambangan ini dibagi dalam Zona Inti (17.200 hektare), Zona Rimba (24.767), Zona Pemanfaatan (250), dan Zona Penyangga (1.203). Alas Purwo terletak sekira 290km dari arah timur Kota Surabaya. Dari Banyuwangi, pengunjung bisa naik angkutan hingga Pasar Anyar (65km) untuk kemudian ke Rawa Bendo.

Alas Purwo
Jenis: Taman Nasional
Peresmian: 26 Februari 1992
Pendiri: -
Lokasi: Kecamatan Tegaldlimo dan Kecamatan Purwoharjo, Kabupaten Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur.
Jarak: 290km dari Kota Surabaya
Fasilitas: Jagawana, mobil untuk penjelajahan, lokasi perkemahan, penginapan, rumah makan, warung-warung.
Informasi: Balai Taman Nasional Alas Purwo, di Jalan Achmad Yani no. 108 Banyuwangi 68416, Jawa Timur, Telp. 0333-410857, Faks. 0333-428675.
Perkayaan Sumber antara lain dari:
Read more: http://www.wisatanesia.com/2010/05/taman-nasionalalas-purwo.html#ixzz1N244XkvS
http://www.wisatanesia.com/2010/05/taman-nasionalalas-purwo.html
http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taman_Nasional_Alas_Purwo
Sumber Foto: http://imassofyan.multiply.com
Sumber Foto: http://imassofyan.multiply.com
http://mahatalaunjani.blogspot.com/2007/01/taman-nasional-alas-purwo.html





Friday, May 20, 2011

Siring Kemuning Beach




Pantai Siring Kemuning – Elok dan cantik,  begitulah kesan orang terhadap Pantai Siring Kemuning di desa Mecajah, Kecamatan Tanjung Bumi, Bangkalan, Madura, Jawa Timur –meski belakangan kondisinya dikabarkan kurang terawat. Lebar pantai awalnya mencapai 75m. Namun, karena penambangan batu karang untuk kebutuhan pengurukan jalan dari Bangkalan ke Tanjung Bumi, lebar pantai  kini diperkirakan tinggal 25m.

Pengunjung bisa mencapai Pantai Siring dengan mudah karena dapat ditempuh baik dengan kendaraan roda empat maupun dua. Jarak dari Kota Bangkalan sekitar 40km atau sekitar 1 jam perjalanan dengan kendaraan pribadi. Sayangnya, karena kurang terawat, jumlah pengunjung ke pantai ini kian hari kian menyusut.

Siring Kemuning
Jenis: Pantai
Berdiri: -
Pendiri: -
Lokasi: Bangkalan, Madura
Jarak: 35km dari Kota Ambarawa
Fasilitas: Tempat bermain anak-anak
Perkayaan Sumber antara lain dari:
Read more: http://www.wisatanesia.com/2010/05/pantai-siring-kemuning-bangkalan.html#ixzz1MvvmsdfE
http://www.wisatanesia.com/2010/05/pantai-siring-kemuning-bangkalan.html
http://ambhen.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/pantai-siring-kemuning-ku-yang-malang/
http://griyawisata.com/index.php/2011012523487/ocean-beach/wisata-pantai-siring-kemuning/menu-id-103.html
http://didisadili.blogspot.com/2011/04/pantai-siring-kemuning-di-tanjung-bumi.html
http://robertstyn.wordpress.com/
http://www.lontarmadura.co.cc/2011/02/pantai-siring-kemuning.html


Monday, May 16, 2011

Balekambang Beach

Pantai Balekambang, Malang -- Balekambang merupakan tempat wisata pantai cukup menawan di desa Srigonco, Kecamatan Bantur --sekitar 57 km ke selatan dari Kota Malang, Jawa Timur. Pantai membentang sekira 2 km dengan lebar sekira 200m. Pantai ini memiliki tiga pulau dengan jarak sekira 100m meter masing-masing --dua di antaranya telah terhubung dengan jembatan selebar 1m dari pantai. Di salah satu pulau, Ismoyo, terdapat sebuah candi Hindu, tempat di mana saban tahun digelar upacara adat Jalanidhipuja (upacara Hindu) dan Suran atau Suro (Upacara Tahun Baru Jawa). Dua pulau lainnya adalah Pulau Anoman dan Wisanggeni.



            Pantai Balekambang yang dipenuhi dengan karang laut ini dapat dicapai melewati Kec. Gondanglegi dan Kec. Bantur atau lewat Kec. Kepanjen dan Kec. Pagak untuk kemudian masuk ke Kec. Bantur. Mulai Juli 2011, akses jalan menuju Balekambang akan diperbaiki, khususnya kawasan-kawasan yang rusak parah. Jalan yang akan diperbaiki itu panjangnya 3km dengan lebar 4,5m. Selain itu, juga direncanakan penyediaan arena permainan.
            Pantai Balekambang memiliki area parkir luas, area perkemahan, rumah-rumah makan, bungalo-bungalow sederhana, toko suvenir, musholla, dan kolam renang. Namun, untuk pengunjung, disarankan juga membawa krim tabir surya untuk menjaga kulit dari sengatan sinar matahari.

Pantai Balekambang
Jenis: Pantai
Berdiri: -
Pendiri: -
Lokasi: Desa Srigonco, Kec. Bantur, Malang
Jarak: 57-60 dari Kota Malang
Link narasumber antara lain:
http://travel.kompas.com/read/2011/03/08/1940147/Jalan.Menuju.Pantai.Balekambang.Rusak
http://www.navigasi.net/goart.php?a=ptbalkmb
http://www.budpar.go.id/page.php?ic=39&id=1131

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Berkurang 1 Ekor Per Bulan

Seorang pria diketahui punya perangai buruk. Pekerjaan sehari-harinya cuma nyolong ayam dari kandang milik tetangganya. Setiap hari satu seekor. Suatu hari, dia ditegur seseorang. Orang itu bilang, mencuri bukanlah perilaku seorang laki-laki sejati.
“Kalau gitu, saya akan menguranginya satu ekor per bulan sampai tahun depan,” jawab si pencuri itu. (Mencius/An Anthology of Chinese Humour)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Martin Langford: on Poetry

Martin Langford: on poetryInterview 
  
Martin Langford has published six books of poetry, the most recent being The Human Project: New and Selected Poems (Puncher and Wattmann, 2009). In 2009, he edited Harbour City Poems: Sydney in Verse 1788-2008 (Puncher and Wattmann). He has directed the Australian Poetry Festival three times, and was instrumental in initiating the Australian Young Poets' Fellowships and the Judith Wright Memorial Lectures. 

This week Jacqui Dent catches up with him about the love of poetry, beginner mistakes, the things he has learned and how to get into the scene. 

The Human ProjectJD: What is it you love about poetry?
ML: To begin with, I love the exploration of ideas. If science is an attempt to explain the world using external measures, then poetry - all literature - is an attempt to say what that looks like from the inside of the head. Beyond that, poetry attempts to express what we feel about what we think. If I just wanted the intellectual content, I would go to philosophy, or cultural studies, or some other discipline. But I like the way art says it isn't enough to find out what one thinks: one is human - one must also discover what that feels like. Beyond that again, I love the materiality and musicality of language - more than just finding out what I feel about meanings, I want them to be sung.

Another thing I love revolves around the difference between the way story and poetry operate. It is a legitimate thing for poets to explore narrative, and many poets do, but most verse is still grounded in the lyric. Whereas story leads only to its end, and does not attempt to imagine anything beyond it, poetry is interested precisely in what does lie beyond. If story looks back towards its beginning, or forward towards its end, then the poem looks outwards, towards the moment. There is a limit to my interest in stories - after a while, one gets the hang of them. But the moment is endlessly fascinating. I am not suggesting we can do away with story: we live in them - and we weigh and assess their meanings, and that is often where the real interest lies. But I do think we've got the balance between story and moment a little wrong: we are obsessed by our narratives, and their changes in position, and we forget to ask where we are. Poetry is one way of looking at things differently.

What are three common mistakes you often see in the work of beginner poets?
One could say that the commonest fault is getting an idea in one's head about what constitutes poetry, and then writing to conform to that. But the real issue is that beginners don't have enough ideas about what poetry might be, so that they set to work with too small a range of poetics to test their work against. An experienced writer has a head full of ideas about what poetry is, and applies them continually, both when shaping the poem - and, eventually, when conceiving it as well. Much of this is a reading issue: as people read more, they see there are lots of ways to construct poems, and start to build their own more complex poetic.

Second: beginners are often too precious about being prepared to let go of the parts of the poem that don't really fit.

Thirdly, and related to that, is the point that reading for necessity rather than effect is at least partly an acquired skill: one which must be mastered before people can work out what they are actually saying. Beginners need to develop this ability as soon as possible. Until one can reduce the poem to essentials, one cannot really set about shaping it - the extraneous stuff will keep getting in the way.
 
Martin Langford
Martin Langford
What do you do when you get stuck writing?
If the conscious mind isn't doing the trick, then I'm a great believer in leaving something alone for a while - sleeping on it, setting it aside for long enough to get out of the unproductive groove one has got oneself into, and coming back to it with fresh, forgetful eyes.

What's one thing you've learned, and one thing you still need to learn as a poet?
I don't think I've learned anything other people haven't figured out as well - that good readers make good writers, for instance; that reading, by itself, isn't enough. Sometimes I'm not sure I know anything definite. Trivial things perhaps: my preferred work habits, some craft things, the parameters of my tastes. But ultimately I'm not sure we know much more about writing than we do, say, about gestures of goodwill: we keep making them, they can go to the heart of who we are, but whether they are good, or effective . . .

One thing I'd like to learn is how to negotiate a relationship between the somewhat anarchic need to engage with the world around one - the world which sources all but the most cerebral writing - and the discipline required to construct a text. If one doesn't leave part of one facing outwards, away from the desk, then one grows stale very quickly. Equally though, one must be disciplined, or nothing gets written. I don't think there are any answers to this. At its heart is the difference between two worlds - one verbal and one not. And the poem is the interface between them - and unfortunately, it has to be invented again every time one starts a new one.

What can emerging poets do to raise their profile and become more involved in the Australian poetry scene?
There are many ways one can raise one's profile - not all of them honourable. One can become a member of a gang which publishes each other's work and reviews it favourably. One can spend a lot of time attacking other perspectives as a way of creating space for one's own. It would be less than honest to suggest that all the behaviour of ambitious people is genteel. That said, the poetry world also contains some of the most generous people one is likely to meet, and since the only thing that matters in the long run is that one creates work which speaks to someone else's imagination, the surest tactic, ultimately, is simply to produce good work. Will you find a readership just by producing something worth reading? No: there are fashions, circumstances and tastes to negotiate as well. But it is the only thing that will matter in the long run: all the ruses of self-advancement will evaporate over time. There are no hidden tricks to raising one's profile: enter the competitions, get yourself published, make something your own. How hard one wishes to play this will depend on one's personality. There are people, however, who spend more time worrying about it than asking themselves the hard questions about their work - ultimately, because it is easier, though it may not really be the most productive way to spend their time.

As to ways to become involved in the scene: finding good people will partly depend on the reading and curiosity one brings to the table oneself. But there are a surprising number of places where people who enjoy poetry can share that taste: join Australian Poetry, go to readings, form a readers' group, take a creative writing class, edit a blog or magazine. One of the best ways of becoming more involved is to become an organizer oneself. Not all, but almost all well-known poets have at some stage devoted considerable time to organising, editing or publishing themselves.  

Martin Langford will be teaching For the Beauty of the Edge: A Six-Week Poetry Workshop starting Tuesday 3 May. But hurry, only two places left!