Summer 2019 – a retrospective

I’ve been thinking about time travel a lot lately. Not really because there’s any point I’d like to go back or forwards too especially. Recently I experienced jet lag from travel and came to the conclusion that the fourth dimension must have a sense of humour. Time plays tricks on us. We play tricks onContinue reading “Summer 2019 – a retrospective”

Letters to a Young Poet in review

  The ten letters of Rainer Maria Rilke in correspondence with Franz Xavier Kappus that makeup Letters to a Young Poet offer little in the way of technical advice for writing. Rilke does not instruct on form; he does not comment on the use of language, or plot, or dialogue, or verse. However, what takesContinue reading “Letters to a Young Poet in review”

Ventures! Ventures! Everywhere! On Terse Journal and the Family Care office

Wow! Am I ever going to run out of announcements? I’m excited and honored to announce that I am joining Terse Journal as the new Prose Editor! Terse is a wonderful space, and I am proud to call it home. I am looking forward to reading and publishing new stories following Terse’s new theme: Worlding PleaseContinue reading “Ventures! Ventures! Everywhere! On Terse Journal and the Family Care office”

I’m Back! Upcoming Book announcement: What We See in the Smoke

Hello, world. Is this thing on? It has been almost an entire year since I last wrote a single blog post. I’ve been keeping things very tight-lipped, close to the chest. My thinking was that I should not discuss any ongoing projects that I wasn’t sure the world was going to see. So I vanishedContinue reading “I’m Back! Upcoming Book announcement: What We See in the Smoke”

Poetry Workshop Challenge: Reworking Folklore

Death Waiting   In the market. Can you see? Can you see? White men, white horses, send servants to me, Old merchants, old men, hiding in the crowds all men seeing what they cannot outrun. Now that my business in Bagdad is done   In the market, in the streets, you see me. The youngContinue reading “Poetry Workshop Challenge: Reworking Folklore”

A Short letter to myself and others, on the subject of Literary Reference

There is something which writers are guilty, When educated in literature. It is a vanity they cannot help, Poets, Hacks, Wretches, all suffer alike. * They are all trying to hide other works – Inside our own, love letters in letters Easter eggs of literature waiting To be found by readers with a sly wink.Continue reading “A Short letter to myself and others, on the subject of Literary Reference”

The Ink-Stained-Wretch

It’s hard to say where the expression Ink-Stained-Wretch originates. Though I have found almost no reliable sources, at least one researcher told me in passing that the phrase comes from Canadian novelist Hugh Garner. Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Deadeye Dick attributes it to Alexander Woollcott, but this is probably wrong as well. To great alarm, IContinue reading “The Ink-Stained-Wretch”

Explaining my Little Friend

Hello, my big friends and strangers. If you know me, then you probably know that I come with a constant stream of thought and sound. For this, I apologise, but I also must admit that it cannot be helped. You see, I cannot quite find a way ever to shut myself off. I talk andContinue reading “Explaining my Little Friend”

Writing in the Digital Age

The wastepaper basket is a writer’s best friend. – Isaac Bashevis Singer These words were true when the Nobel Prize winner Mr. Singer said them and they are true today, with a few key alterations. Not long ago, I was asked what it’s like to write in the 21st century, and I thought it’s aboutContinue reading “Writing in the Digital Age”