EDIT: Sale’s finished. All done. Thanks to everyone who bought a book. Hope you like ‘em.
I just turned 41. To celebrate I’m having a CRAZY 41-hour sale whereby you can buy either of my lovely ebooks for the half-price price of just $2.50 between now and 2pm, Friday 17 May (Australian Eastern Standard Time).
Yes, that’s right. A Leunig-endorsed poetry collection AND a Nick-Earls-lauded novel for $5 bucks total.
What a bargain. That is a bargain for YOU.
You can sample the wares or buy sight-unseen over in my Bcklb store. You’re welcome.
So back in ought-eleven I started on this little self-improvement project whereby I would read the English language poetical canon in order from start to finish.
Here we are in ought-thirteen and I’m exactly one and a half books into that list, or two (where two equals one plus a half plus a half) if you count the slight detour I took after Gilgamesh to have a go at the Rig Veda.
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Hot off the blog is ANOTHER reply to my curly question about why poets poetecise, this time a very thoughtful and honest reply about struggling to find new things to say, by one of my longtime favourite poets, joanne burns, author of so much that is goodness in poetry form.
It’s over on The Blue Corner, as per usual. So go read it, why don’tcha?
Recently I found myself enjoying Words for Empty and Words for Full by the inestimable Bob Hicok and came across “BRCA1″ (which you can read in this .pdf extract – it’s about four poems in), a poem that makes reference to adenine, one of the four nucleic acids that occur in DNA. “Doesn’t he mean “adenosine”?” I thought, remembering my own poem, “Rush”, about coffee, which references all four of said nucleic acids.
Having become slightly more circumspect with age, these days if I’m unsure – and also if I am quite sure – I know the meaning of a word, I make an effort to double-check that I am, indeed, actually right. With this in mind I popped open my handy dictionary app and searched for “adenosine”. No result. Okay – what about “adenine”? Yep:
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alicia sometimes is the latest bunny to jump into the headlights of the tricky question that I habitually put to poets and yet never deign to answer myself.
Her answer went up on The Blue Corner a while back. Here ’tis.
Meantime if’n you want to have a crack at answering the same Q, please leave a comment or get in touch via email like the older folks do.
So I’ve started reviewing poetry for Bookslut. Which is a bit squee.
It’s been interesting flipping through the lists of new poetry books coming out of the US to see how their stuff compares to contemporary Aussie poetry – not that I’d claim to have my finger of that pulse, but whatever – and discovering that it’s not as dissimilar as I had expected it to be.
Anyway I reviewed Song & Error by Averil Curdy.
Short version: it was kinda wordy and a little baroque, but there were some glorious lines and images in there.
Long version: read the review for yourself over at Bookslut.
One of my resolutions for 2013 was to get kickin’ with a bit more friction on my twitter novel, Aramis Fox, which will turn four years old (!) come June. Posting frequency had downturned a little bit in 2012 because of stuff and that, but I got a little more enthused about things toward the end of ought-twelve and came up with a plan whereby any time I find myself fucking around on my phone, particularly when on or waiting for public transport, I commit to posting at least once to Aramis Fox before settling down to a game or seven of Jetpack Joyride, to pluck an example out of nowhere. As such it feels like this story is making better progress than it ever has before, which is nice.
For those who came in late, Aramis Fox is an ongoing story told via installments on twitter, about a guy who gets super powers and has to work out what to do next. You can find out a bit more about it on the Aramis Fox page.
Anyway, because sharing = caring, here’s a bit of an update on what’s been happening with our hero in the last couple of months.
I guess the two main things that have been going on lately are that Aramis, our hero, had telekinetic sex with his girlfriend Jenny, the first time that they’d used his new powers in that way. Also Aramis did a bit more research into the training courses available for learning how to use super-powers, and met up again with “Mr. Friendly”, a guy he’s met before a couple of times: once at a cafe near his work and once at a superfight that got started at a bookstore in the middle of the launch of a retired hero’s memoir.
The story archives are all updated in their sequential, reverse sequential and prose formats and you can read them over at aramisfox.wordpress.com or head over and follow Aramis at www.twitter.com/arfox to get new instalments fresh as they happen.