John Flaus recorded, in his distinctive and engaging style, 25 of my poems on a CD titled 'What did I know? John Flaus reads poems by BN Oakman'.
John and I launched the CD, backed by the fabulous Min and Sean, on Sunday 15 May 2016 at The Basement Café, Bendigo, before an enthusiastic capacity audience.
'Second Thoughts' was awarded 'Best IP Poetry Book of 2014'.
I was nominated for The Pushcart Prize (USA) 2015.
Readings, Talks, Appearances, Performances:
On May 27 2017 I greatly enjoyed reading with Geoff Page at 'Poeticas' in Castlemaine. It was a pleasure to be paired with Geoff and to help judge the best open mic section I've heard at any poetry event I've thus far attended.
Occasionally I give talks about why I believe poetry can be a vital part of everyday life at Bendigo Goldfields Library. Topics, for example, might be 'Poetry: Who gives a ....?' or 'Why poetry matters'. Sometimes I teach courses, also at the library, on 'Reading, Writing and Appreciating Poetry' or 'Workshopping your poems'.
I perform selections from my work, when invited, at events such as Geoff Page's Poetry at the Gods in Canberra, The Bendigo Writers Festival, Ross Donlon's Poetry in Castlemaine and Poeticas (also in Castlemaine). Occasionally I discuss poetry with students at Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE or other educational institutions.
Contact me if you would like to arrange a speaking engagement.
Some recent publications:
Oakman BN 2017, 'Yet why not say?', Shot Glass Journal (USA), no. 17, January.
Oakman BN 2017, 'Winter', Shot Glass Journal (USA), no. 17, January.
'Il Gattino di Roma 1992' may be read in Australian Poetry Journal 6.2, p. 33.
'What to do with Trooper Ted?', was published in The Canberra Times, November 5, 2016, p. 19.
'Sad Songs' was published in Acumen: A Literary Journal (UK), no. 85, May, p. 25.
'The Day Before Australia Day' is in Tincture Journal, Issue 14. p. 79.
'An Inquisitor Composes a Sentence' and 'Requiem for a Revolutionary' are both in Arena Magazine No. 140, pp. 36-7.
'Questions for a Young Republican Militiaman' appears on page 67 of Best Australian Poems 2015, ed. Geoff Page (Black Inc.).
'What to say?' is in The Australian Poetry Journal vol. 5, no. 2, p. 117.
'The Back Track' appeared in The Canberra Times on November 21.
'Sortition', 'Castaway', 'Chicago '84' and 'Remedies' were published in Eureka Street, vol. 25, no. 2 on November 9.
'A Street Called the Love of God' appears on p. 13 of Best Australian Poems 2014 , ed. Geoff Page (Black Inc.)
'Like Stone' may be read on p. 20 of Poetry Monash no. 90.
Social Alternatives, vol. 33, no. 4 published 'Victory's Arch' on p. 41 .
'Sonnet for my Flybuys Card' is online in Shot Glass Journal #15.
The Canberra Times published 'Questions for a Young Republican Militiaman' on Saturday, January 10, 2015.
'Perfect Bound' is in Poetry Monash 89, Summer 2014, p. 27.
'Second Thoughts' (Interactive Press, 2014), my most recent poetry collection, was launched at Castlemaine Art Gallery in October.
'Postcards from Dien Bien Phu' can be read in Postcolonial Text, vol. 9, no. 2, 2014: http://postcolonial.org/index.php/pct/article/view/1843/1710
New poems will appear soon in Going Down Swinging, Arena Magazine and Social Alternatives.