Here you will find the poetry of Geoffrey Aitken and recipes of Jenny Aitken. For your enjoyment this site is refreshed weekly.
Geoffrey Aitken
Geoff Aitken

Is an awarded South Australian poet and retired educator. His debut industrial signature styled Chapbook 'i want that in writing' (Ginninderra Press 2020) was generated from his  'open mic' spoken word poetry. He won a place (of three) in the Friendly Street Poets Anthology "New Poets 19" (Rainbow Press 2018). His poetry credits include AUS, UK, US, CAN, and Fr. He does not test his poetry on caged animals nor is he after dinner congeniality. His experience with schizophrenia increases his concern about mental health along our avenues.
With recent mentoring assistance by prominent SA poets Dr Steve Evans, Jules Leigh Koch, and Thom Sullivan he is planning a modest new collection for release into 2022. More to follow. Visit the link below for a fuller picture of Geoffrey and his craft.
Finally, A Beginning by Geoffrey Aitken ~ wattletales.com.au

Geoffrey Aitken and Ginninderra Press announces the release of 'i want that in writing'
a Chapbook of 'spoken word' poetry celebrating his support by Southern Performers' Interactive Network with whom he shares 'open mic' nights - available at https://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/chapbooks.html or ask him in person.
There are still a few copies of the Friendly Street Poets' Anthology "New Poets 19" (Rainbow Press 2018) in which Geoffrey is published available for purchase at a reduced and very saleable price of $15.00 with free postage within Australia. Please use the contact form on this site for your purchase.

‘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
'touching truth''
First published by Poets' Choice 2021 Collection of Poems '"Drunken Moments'' 'touching truth' www.poetschoices.com
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 in 'Adelaide: Mapping the Human City' edited by Deb Stewart 2020
'heightened state'
First published in tamba, Issue 67, 2020 by Goulburn Valley Writers, Pat Patt editor' 
'without clarity'
First published by 'The Closed Eye Open' November 2020, edited by Daniel Morgan
The Closed Eye Open – An exploration of consciousness

Highly Commended Mindshare Awards October 2020 'Published Established Poets' Category

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

First published by 'Nine Muses Poetry', edited by Annest Gwilym, June '20
'artificial unintelligence'
First published 'The Daily Drunk Mag', edited by Shawn (anon), '20
'clean face'
First published in TAMBA, Issue 66, 2020 by Goulburn Valley Writers edited by Pat Patt
'rock art'
First published 'New Verse News', edited by James Pentra, June 2020
https://newversenews.blogspot.com/ Blog Archive Tuesday, June 09, 2020
'the after'
First published 'Sparks of Calliope', edited by Randal Burd, May 2020
'December 2019 - free radicals'
First published "Militant Thistles" edited by Alan Morrison, May 2020
'circular economy'
"Flashes of Brilliance" edited by Darren White, March 2020
Published February 2020 "Plum Tree Tavern" USA edited by Russell Streur
‘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, 
'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
“Flashes of Brilliance” edited by Darren White, October 2019
crank encased' http://underground-writers.org/product/issue-27-case/
'illusionist' http://underground-writers.org/product/issue-28-invitation/
“Underground Writers” Issue #27 Case & Issue #28 Invitation, edited by Shelley Carter in July and November 2019;
Jenny Aitken
My Family Cooks
In 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

wake-up call

into my waking
morning light
the night
my rising
slowly shades
the colour
of my imagining
as i prepare
to volunteer
the op shop
i serve
a disparate clientele
     that clothes itself
     in seconds

First published at ‘Hole in the Head’ May 2021 edited by William Schulz
Geoffrey Aitken 22 (holeintheheadreview.com)

Cook - Eat

Creamy Tuscan chicken

1 tablespoon olive oil or 1 tablespoon of oil from sun-dried tomatoes
4 chicken breasts, skinless
3 cloves garlic, crushed
½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
1 teaspoon rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
¼ cup white wine
300ml cream or for dairy free 1 can coconut cream
½ cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
50g baby spinach

Heat oil in a large heavy-based frypan and brown chicken on both sides. Remove to a plate.
Add garlic to oil in the pan and cook over gentle heat for 1 minute, being careful not to burn it.
Add sun-dried tomatoes, rosemary and tomato paste, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Pour in wine and allow to bubble up and reduce.
Pour in cream or coconut cream and chicken stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir through balsamic vinegar, then return chicken to pan in a single layer, spooning over the cream sauce.
Simmer for 14 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
Add spinach and stir until just wilted.
Check sauce for seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary.

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