My second interview with writer and translator Saudamini Deo has been published, again by the good folks at Asymptote Journal. This time, Saudamini and I discuss her English translation of Traces of Boots on Tongue by Rajkamal Chaudhary – the second book in her translation project, published by Seagull Books as part of their India List series.
We also discuss what’s next for her, the prominence of the modern translator and much more. Saudamini is always a pleasure to work with, and she is a creative and compelling interviewee (and writer and translator and editor and…) – you can read my eight questions for her here.
With thanks to S, of course, and to Meghan from Asymptote.
Thread, Greek or Roman, 1st century CE
The next part in my ongoing conversation with Daniela Cascella has been published at Sublunary Editions.
In Saying Nothing: A Conversation with Daniela Cascella, D and I discuss her her two books Nothing As We Need It and Chimeras. The two books, both published last year, explore her notion of chimeric writing, a concept which I’ve seen evolve through her series of books.
As always, the conversation about the writing was a pleasure. Thanks to D for her time and energy and to Josh for giving it a place to live.
Very happy to be able to say that my interview with Danish writer Harald Voetmann has been published by the kind folk at Full Stop Magazine.
More or less everything I have to say about the interview is in its intro, but it’s worth repeating here that I really did love Awake (do check it out – through ND Books in the US or Lolli Editions in the UK) and I can’t wait for the next couple of books.
With thanks to Harald, of course, and Denise at Lolli Editions. And a special thanks to Michael at Full Stop for giving the interview a home.
My piece Untitled (Death of the Dead Man) has been published in the anniversary edition of RIC Journal. As usual, it’s a privilege to have my writing be given a home – with thanks, as always, to Saudamini.
As you can see, the Dead Man still follows me. Still tugs at my sleeve to distract me and sleeps on my sofa some nights, snoring so loudly I can hear him from the next room.
I’ve been neglecting this space in recent months, so I’m behind on posting about the Dead Man pieces RIC has published.
A little about the Dead Man – regardless of what else is happening in my life, and irrespective of what else I am writing or reading or thinking, he is a constant. He manifested in hard times, survived a pandemic, and continues to follow me, hiding in my shadow. It’s comforting to know he is there.
Thanks to S for giving the Dead Man space to make a nuisance of himself.
The Dead Man at the Cathedral
Untitled (The Dead Man’s Remorse)
Untitled (The Dead Man Shells Walnuts)
The Dead Man and the Palm Reader
My piece Untitled (The Dead Man Drags His Feet) has been published in the March 2022 edition of RIC Journal.
I try to forget the Dead Man, at least for a time, but then something happens and he reminds me that he is there – and very likely always will be.
With thanks, always, to S.
My pieces The Dreamer I and The Dreamer II have been published in MAP Magazine.
These essays are part of the series A Year of Carte Blanche and Other Chimeras, commissioned by my impossible friend Daniela Cascella who is guest editor at MAP. I told D that lockdowns and an indefinite pandemic were killing my lit vibe, and she invited me to write about this. The crux of the essays, then, is really: reading for pleasure is great > finding delight or the richness of life in reading is even better > but it only gets you so far.
They were hard essays to write but it seemed important to write through – write into – the moment. If nothing else, I think I have done that.
Both essays feature original images made by my good friend and frequent collaborator Michelle Lynn Dyrness – it always feels like a little bit of magic to have her work respond to and accompany mine.
My piece The City of the Dead has been published in the November 2021 edition of the ever-astonishing RIC Journal.
This is the eleventh Dead Man of a long year, one more left.
Thanks to S for keeping the Dead Man alive.
My piece Alcatraz (The Dead Man’s First Day) was published in the October 2021 edition of RIC Journal.
This is the tenth Dead Man piece for the year. Thanks, as always, to S for giving it, and me, a home. Dead Man still dead.
Very pleased to report that my piece The Dead Man and the Card Game has been published in the August 2021 edition of RIC Journal.
I measure time in dead men – this is the eighth of the year. There are four to go. Thanks, as usual, to Saudamini for keeping me writing despite everything. Do read and support RIC.