On ‘Reverse Obituary’

Very pleased to say that my piece Reverse Obituary has been published in the January 2020 edition of RIC Journal.

This was inspired by the desire to write an obit of sorts for Kabid and pull all the threads of his life story – i.e. pre-death and before he became The Dead Man – together; the Dead Man died long ago, and has since taken on a life of his own. But also I came across this wacky article in QZ on how envisaging one’s death can help with career goal setting…

Enjoyed the writing of this one a lot, felt the high for days. Thanks to S – as always.

On Anne Serre’s The Fool

The Fool by Anne SerreI had the serious pleasure of reviewing The Fool and Other Moral Tales by Anne Serre for Music & Literature. Picked up The Fool on a whim (cover got me, and the fact it was published by New Directions), thoroughly enjoyed what Serre was up to, and immediately ordered The Governesses. Wanted more, but this is all there is in English translation, so thought the next best way to spend more time with her writing was to review it. Speaking of which, I’ve got something else in the pocket, looking for a home for that now.

The first review I’ve written (or completed, at least) in over a year, knew I was rusty so put the work in on this one – hope it shows. Big thanks to Jeffrey and Taylor at M&L for giving it a home – it’s a pleasure to be published by them again.

And do pick up The Fool.

Pre-order 926 Years

Pre-order 926 Years926 Years by Kyle Coma-Thompson and I can now be pre-ordered straight from the Sublunary Editions shop. It’ll cost you eight American dollars and releases on 21 January 2020.

Again, it’s a serious pleasure to have this on the way – with Kyle, published by Josh, in such a stylish little package and so soon after the release of my first book, Letter to the Author of the Letter to the Father. Any and all support for this and us will be very much appreciated.

Pre-order 926 Years

More soon.

On ‘Shelly Valentine’ – an excerpt from 926 Years

Shelly ValentineSo the 926 Years release officially begins with the November 2019 mail out from Sublunary Editions, on the way to subscribers now. The November letter takes a cut called ‘Shelly Valentine’ from the book I co-wrote with Kyle Coma-Thompson. Should give you an idea of the vibe of the thing and the games Kyle and I are playing. Anyway, super excited that a sliver of it is out in the world. More soon, obviously – 21 Jan 2020, to be precise.

We share the edition with ‘The Bakelite Telephone’, a piece by Imogen Reid. Good news, too, because Imogen and I have been following each other around for a while now – Gorse, 3:AM, Felt: Aesthetics of Grey, and elsewhere I’m sure. More reason to take a look.

Thanks to Josh for this one and, of course, Kyle – it’s a pleasure to be part of the monthly editions. Be sure to subscribe to Sublunary Editions to get fresh literature in your postbox every month and… buy our little book.

On ‘Crocodilian’

Very pleased to post that my poem Crocodilian has been published in the October 2019 edition of the ever-off-centre RIC. This issue also happens to be the third (!) anniversary of the publication, and as is now customary, the anniversary comes with a theme. This time it’s the Devil and Hell, hence the subject of the poem.

Wanted to write something fun but disconcerting and which also linked back to a piece I wrote a while ago called Then God, about the daily torments of the devil.

Thanks, as usual, to S, but also congratulations on making it this far despite everything and staying true to the original vision and intentions of RIC – long may it continue.