New stuff in new issue of Free State Review (here’s the shop). It’s another poem based on a jazz song, in this case, Art Tatum’s version of “The Man I Love”. Sort of went on an astrophysics tangent with this one.
This one’s a bit of a watershed moment for me. My first published piece of short fiction is out now in Qwerty, University of New Brunswick’s literary magazine (love you lots, Canada). It’s the Spring 2014 issue, a delayed announcement due to some issues they were having with their site. Subscribe to get at the goods.
The piece is called “Allegorien Deutschlands”. It’s not strictly a short story, but a series of six little scenes, each less than a thousand words, that illustrate some symbolic or emotional aspect of German culture or philosophy. They were written mainly as a personal exercise while I was learning German last year, but having floated them out to a few places for jollies, I heard back from Qwerty. Then I ran around the house shouting stuff for a bit. Anyway, still trucking more fiction pieces out to magazines, so perhaps there’ll be more announcements of this sort in the near future!
My contribution to the latest issue of GTM is a longish poem about the D.C. riots of the summer of 1919, which prompted Duke Ellington to relocate his first band to Harlem. We all know how that turned out! It’s a great issue with a whole section of new artwork. Get yer copies here.
Off the Coast is a journal based way, way up in Robbinston, Maine. I’ve had work published with them before, and for their Spring 2014 issue they chose a poem I wrote when I was on a bit of an African kick. In a presumably coincidental development, the picture on the front cover is a cartoon of two ladies on bicycles looking at the outline of Great Britain, which is hovering above them in the sky. Not even weird.
One of the poems I had published online with In Parentheses got bumped up to the print edition. It’s a little post-colonial satire I wrote while listening to some “jungle style” swing music from the big daddy, Duke Ellington. (Specifically a piece called “The Mooche, which is always worth a listen.) In any case, you can purchase the PDF or print version of the issue, which as well as poetry contains a whole load of contemporary painting and graphic art, at the In Parentheses magcloud page.
As per the editorial:
Each poem in CV2’s spring 2014 “Poetry Only” issue is listening deep into the stirred silence of the page. Where once there was emptiness, a poem; where once there was attention, voice: 25 poets careening for your ear! Here reside disturbed ponds, otter-tailed exclamations, interstellar field static, oceanic fault lines, silent synapses, glacial angels, northern ghost-farms, skeleton councils, phantom dollhouses, sub-island descents, and debt, much debt—inherited, historical, environmental—to reconcile.
The “disturbed ponds” belong to one of my contributions to the issue, an ekphrasis poem on Peter Doig’s painting White Canoe. Also included: a poem on the Klimt painting Bewegtes Wasser, which I address to the Nibelung Alberich from the Ring Cycle (maybe a jump, but I think 1898 Vienna would have dug Wagner). Lastly, a poem from the Revenant sequence I wrote in 2012, in which an estranged husband and wife communicate through dreams over the course of one night.
This gig is significant to me for a couple of reasons. For one, I earned a little money from it, which is new for me. At the same time, CV2 has an air of legitimacy that I’m not used to. It’s not put together with staples and it has grants from a bunch of Canadian arts councils. A few people might actually be reading it! Still trying to work out why Canadians like me so much. Anyway, here is the issue. More news coming soon.
A little mag I’ve been published in before, The Gap-Toothed Madness, decided to come back for another round! Issue 1 of Vol. 2 contains a narrative poem I wrote about a man driving up country to spend Christmas with his parents. It gets a little surreal at times. It even closes out the issue, which for some reason seemed important to me. Anyway, if all that sounds worthwhile, head over to the GTM store to pick up a copy. Winter is finally over guys. xxxx