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             Here you will find the poetry of Geoffrey Aitken and recipes of Jenny Aitken
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Geoffrey and Jenny acknowledge the Kaurna People as the true custodians of the Adelaide Region and their connections to land, sea, and community. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.


Geoffrey Aitken

Geoff Aitken

Is an awarded emerging South Australian Friendly Street 'New Poet' (Rainbow Press 2018) who has stylised industrial minimalism to drive him away from the scene of mental unwellness, misdiagnosed as schizophrenia, for the eyes and ears of those without voices. He attempts to highlight life’s inconsistencies using the irony of everyday events whilst smiling at misfortune. His own life experience increases his concern about mental health along our avenues.
He remains grateful for friendships that maintained belief in life forces that ultimately reward us for our positive endeavour and to that end his signature Chapbook, ‘i want that in writing’ (Ginninderra Press 2020), was generated in thanks for ‘open mic’ spoken word encouragement by The Southern Performers Interactive Network. His poetry is published both locally, (AUS) and internationally, in (the UK, US, FR, CAN and CN).
Recent mentoring by prominent SA poets Dr Steve Evans, Jules Leigh Koch, and Thom Sullivan will see a modest new collection for release into 2022. More to follow. Visit these links for a fuller picture of Geoffrey, his experiences, and his craft.
Finally, A Beginning by Geoffrey Aitken ~ wattletales.com.au      with thanks to LindyWarrell
https://www.theperspectiveproject.co.uk/geoffrey-aitken              with thanks to Rachel Berlingieri

'i want that in writing'
Geoffrey Aitken’s 'i want that in writing' invites purchase (@ $5.00AU) for ongoing encouragement, recognition, and your enjoyment. Otherwise available at https://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/chapbooks.html 
"New Poets 19" 
Geoff alo has copies of the Friendly Street Poets' Anthology "New Poets 19" (Rainbow Press 2018) in which his poetry appears and remains available at a reduced and very saleable price of $15.00AU. Free postage within Australia.
Please use the contact form on this site for your purchase/s or engage Jennifer or Geoffrey in friendly conversation

Recent Publication History

‘entrapment’ 
First published January 2022 at ‘Ariel Chart’ Edited by Mark Antony Rossi entrapment (arielchart.com)
‘Behold’ First published at ‘New Verse News’ January 8th, 2022 Edited by James Penha
‘coincidental’ To be published by Poetry Pacific May 2022 edited by yuan@PP
‘wholesome’ First published November 2021 by Mindshare at https://mindshare.org.au/creative-content/writing/wholesome - Mindshare
‘springtime’ First published by FSP in Anthology 45, Q edited by gareth roi jones & Sarah Radford 2020
‘incidental’ First published November 2021 by Mindshare at https://mindshare.org.au/creative-content/writing/incidental - Mindshare
'developments' First published October 21 by Green Tree  Publishing (AUS) in 'oxygen' edited by Cheryl Howard
‘bell barred’ First published September 2021 by Ginninderra Press in ‘Milestones’ 
edited by Stephen Matthews 
‘cut-price’ First published by ‘Cacti Fur’ September 2021 edited by Jim Thompson
‘mouth wash’ First published August 2021 at ‘flashes of brilliance’ Poetry: mouth wash by Geoffrey Aitken - Flashes Of Brilliance  edited by Darren White
‘a day out’ & ‘existential’ first published at ‘poetic sun’ in Issue 4 
edited by Shi Yang Su and Jia Ning Ran Poetic Sun #ISSUE4 (poetic-sun.com)
‘in her words’  First published August 2021 in ‘Adelaide: Mapping the Human City’ Anthology, 
edited by Deb Stewart, 
‘uluru statement unpacked’ First published May 2019 by ‘The Mozzie’, Vol 27, Issue 4, edited by Ron Heard 
spur lines’ First published June 2021, at ‘The Perspective Project’ (UK) edited by Rachel Berlingieri spur lines - Geoffrey Aitken | Mental Health Poetry (theperspectiveproject.co.uk)
‘a flippant bird? 
First published in Tamba, Issue 68, June 2021 by Goulburn Valley Writers, Pat Patt editor www.gvwritersgroup.com 
'single signal'  
First published June 2021 by Ginninderra Press in ‘The Crow’, edited by Joan Fenney 
'life stile'  First published April 2021 by Green Tree Publishing in 'oxygen' edited by Cheryl Howard 
‘wake-up call’ First published at ‘Hole in the Head’ May 2021 edited by William Schulz Geoffrey Aitken 22 (holeintheheadreview.com)
'i live alone' 'ceasefire' & 'sanguine imbecility' First published by MMH in "Globalisation: A Poetry Collection" March 2021 Edited by Kelly Van Nelson 
www.mmhpressgroup.com 
'touching truth'' First published by Poets' Choice 2021 Collection of Poems '"Drunken Moments'' 'touching truth'  www.poetschoices.com
'decree'  First publlished at 'The Sunshine Review' February 14, 2021 edited by Danielle Adams 
The Sunshine Review | Danielle Adams (danielle-adams.com)
'tethered tail' First published by Ginninderra Press in 'The Crow' Decemember 2020 Editor Joan Fenney

'in her words' First published 2020 in 'Adelaide: Mapping the Human City' edited by Deb Stewart 
'heightened state' First published in tamba, Issue 67, 2020 by Goulburn Valley Writers, Pat Patt editor' gvwritersgroup.com
'without clarity' First published by 'The Closed Eye Open' November 2020, edited by Daniel Morgan 
The Closed Eye Open – An exploration of consciousness
'figuratively' Highly Commended Mindshare Awards October 2020 'Published Established Poets' Category 
https://mindshare.org.au/writing/figuratively/
'brutality' First published at 'into the void' in "WE ARE ANTIFA" Anthology October 6th, 2020, edited by Heath Brougher

'she did' First published in 'The Crow' Poems from South Australia, September 2020, edited by Joan Fenney
'reciprocity' First published by 'Nine Muses Poetry', edited by Annest Gwilym, June '20 https://ninemusepoetry.com/2020/06/25/one-poem-by-geoffrey-aitken/
'artificial unintelligence' First published 'The Daily Drunk Mag', edited by Shawn (anon), '20 
https://thedailydrunk.com/f/artificial-unintelligence 
'clean face' First published in Tamba, Issue 66, 2020 by Goulburn Valley Writers edited by Pat Patt www.gvwritersgroup.com
'rock art' First published June 2020 'New Verse News', edited by James Pentra 
https://newversenews.blogspot.com/ Blog Archive Tuesday, June 09, 2020
'the after' First published May 2020 'Sparks of Calliope', edited by Randal Burd https://sparksofcalliope.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/the-after-by-geoffrey-aitken/
'December 2019 - free radicals' First published  May 2020 "Militant Thistles" edited by Alan Morrison 
http://militantthistles.moonfruit.com/geoffrey-aitken-poem/4594956897
'circular economy'  March 2020"Flashes of Brilliance" edited by Darren White 
https://www.flashesofbrilliance.org/poetry-circular-economy-geoffrey-aitken/
'kingdom' Published February 2020 "Plum Tree Tavern" USA edited by Russell Streur http://theplumtreetavern.blogspot.com/
‘night bloom’ Published by Pomme Journal, Valentine’s Day 2020 in, “Put Into Words, My Love” 
To purchase see; https://pommejournal.com/store
'current amplification factor(y)' Published in November, via “Lucky Jefferson” and their breakthrough issue Testament, https://luckyjefferson.com/pages/testament 
'lived unremarkably' “The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2019 submission 'lived unremarkably' has been selected for publication in this year’s Creative Writing Anthology.Join the conversation @AestheticaMag and facebook.com/aestheticamagazine
'vespers' “Flashes of Brilliance” October 2019 edited by Darren White 
https://www.flashesofbrilliance.org/vespers-geoffrey-aitken/
'crank encased' http://underground-writers.org/product/issue-27-case/
'illusionist' Underground Writers” Issue #27 Case & Issue #28 Invitation in July and November 2019, edited by Shelley Carterhttp://underground-writers.org/product/issue-28-invitation/

 
Jenny Aitken
My Family CooksIn retirement we are loving living in McLaren Vale enjoying all the Fleurieu Peninsular offers. My passion for cooking comes from my mother Ruth to whom I dedicate this page. My love of entertaining started in the mid 60’s when my father Colin Rees knocked down a wall to make a dining room. The dining table, beautifully crafted by my grandfather Richard Rees, set with the best crockery and glasses, family favourites and the ‘hospitality of the table’ formed the basis of the entertaining we regularly do today. Recipes are either family favourites, classic comfort foods, from reading cookbooks or the latest online blogs. 
 Enjoy and feel free to feedback to us.

Poetry Feasting

Read - Chat

entrapment

it’s

an opportunity

life

a gift

with rights

for protection

security

to adopt possessions

authority

& reputation

          that can set you up.

entrapment (arielchart.com)

Cook - Eat

Ginger Beer Boiled Fruit Cake

1kg mixed dried fruit
375ml (1.5 cups) ginger beer
1 cup caster sugar
250g butter
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups self raising flour
½ cup brandy optional
Place dried fruit, ginger beer, sugar and butter in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and stir until butter has melted and sugar has dissolved.
Set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 140C. Grease a 20cm cake tin and line the base and sides with 2 layers of baking paper.
Stir through eggs and fold through flour.
Pour into prepared tin and bake for 2.5 hours until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cover with foil if the top is browning too quickly.
This cake will keep for weeks, well-wrapped and stored in the pantry.

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