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.
My piece with Michelle Lynn Dyrness, ‘A Personal History of Attention’, has been published in Vol. 1 No. 3 of Firmament, Sublunary Editions’ print journal. Michelle did the images, I did the words.
This is a real thrill for me for a few reasons – firstly, it’s my first piece in a print journal (!) for a long, long time. How good is paper.
Secondly, it’s always great to work with Josh and the crew at Sublunary who are performing small press miracles.
Thirdly, I really, really like this one as it was the first official collaborative piece Michelle and I did together – we also, with Kyle Coma-Thompson, made a postcard which Sublunary printed off and dispersed, but that came together in other ways. For this, we bounced prose and images back and forth till we had something we felt coalesced into a single piece worth your attention. Since then, we have done more work together, all of which I pray sees the light of day.
If this sounds like your thing, do order a copy, subscribe to Sublunary or check out their backlog.
The pandemic continues, we are in lockdown and the Dead Man stays dead. As I write this, the state government of Victoria tells the residents of my state we cannot enter. I cannot leave my home without a mask; I cannot go beyond a 5km radius. Calasso died today. It is 2021.
There is little left to say.
Read The Dead Man Did Bad Things.
Read Untitled (The Dead Man Must Come Back).
With thanks, as always, to Saudamini.
I’m very pleased to be able to say that my piece Untitled (A Standoff Begins) has been published in the May 2021 edition of the singular RIC Journal.
The neighbourhood children use the Dead Man for target practice and laugh when he threatens to shoot back – he, after all, is the dead one.
Thanks, as always, to Saudamini for friendship and support and a monthly deadline.
The pandemic continues, the Dead Man wanders on. My piece The Dead Man and the Drop Tower has been published in the April 2021 edition of the ineffable RIC Journal.
With thanks, as always, to Saudamini for giving life to the Dead Man.
I am the deadest man who has ever lived
My piece The Dead Man’s Prayer has been published in the February 2021 edition of RIC Journal.
With thanks, as always, to S for keeping the Dead Man alive.
My piece The Boys and the Dead Man has been published in the January 2021 edition of RIC Journal.
My gratitude to RIC for allowing me to walk the Dead Man into the new year. My goal this year is to not miss a single month (quality of work permitting).
With thanks, as always, to the beneficent Saudamini.