On ‘The Dead Man Did Bad Things’ and ‘Untitled (The Dead Man Must Come Back)’

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.

On ‘The Dead Man’s Circumstances’

My piece The Dead Man’s Circumstances has been published in the final edition of RIC Journal for 2020.

The Dead Man has again accompanied me through the year, guiding me through the madness of 2020 like Virgil. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: I couldn’t have continued to write The Dead Man without RIC’s support. Though I need The Dead Man – and, this year, needed him more than ever – without RIC there would no need to write on him.

With thanks, as always, to S.

On ‘The Dead Man’s Unpaid Debt’

I’m pleased to be able to report that my poem The Dead Man’s Unpaid Debt has been published in the October 2020 edition of RIC Journal.

This piece continues the Dead Man project, which has also, over time, become a RIC project – actually, I don’t know that any other publication has published any Dead Man…

Anyway, because it is also a RIC project, it means that regardless of how much – or little – I’m writing in a month, I am obliged to track the path of the Dead Man. Seeing where he ends up, and how, the mischief he makes, the lies he tells, is always a delight. For this I am very thankful to S.