A gloomy English nature poem I wrote in May got into the decidedly lighthearted English magazine Monkey Kettle. Issue 40 (!) is out now and it’s two pound fifty. You can buy a four pack of Ginster’s pasties from Tesco, or you can be a real mensch and give your money to a ramshackle-looking poetry mag from Milton Keynes. Here’s the online shop: monkeykettle.co.uk/shop. The picture on the front has a chimpanzee and a cow. Come on.
When Robert Vaughan at Lost in Thought got in contact with my earlier this year and asked me to write something for the new issue, I’d already had my greedy eyes on the magazine for some time. Simply put, it’s one of the most beautifully designed and thoughtfully curated American literary magazines I’ve come across, a fact that is all the more remarkable given that its staff is comprised of just two guys. Anyway, their approach is quite novel: they research artwork for the upcoming issue, and then send images to writers whom they feel the images would suit. Once they have all the writing and artwork they experiment with visuals and text in some fresh, charming ways. The poem I wrote for them is a recent favourite, about a Metro-North conductor. Pick up the issue in print or digital versions here.
The latest issue of The Gap-Toothed Madness just hit the shelves, and it contains another of my ekphrasis poems, this one based on a blue period Picasso from 1901, La chambre bleu. Visit the GTM online store to pick up a copy.
Three new poems now online at Eunoia: 296, a translation of “Confession”, one of my favourite Baudelaire poems; 321, a little study of a tropical bird; 322, a piece based on one of Cézanne’s smaller “Bathers” paintings. Eunoia runs through WordPress, so if you like the work, give it an up or a reblog. Cheers!
The guys at Electric Windmill decided to give me another go around. They now list me as a “regular contributor”, which I’m quite inordinately chuffed about. Pick up the PDF of #007 here. Another poem about Ophelia! Don’t say I don’t take on varied subjects. The print edition may appear in the Fall, but the last one still didn’t appear yet, so who knows? That’s all for now, mes poules. Good evening!
The summer 2013 issue of Off the Coast, “Calling Down Lightning”, is available to order here. Inside you’ll find a poem I wrote. Fun fact: Off the Coast, based in the bit of Maine closest to New Brunswick, is published further to the East than any other poetry magazine in the US. Also, I happen to be going on a trip to Maine in a matter of days.
The second issue of Vector Press is available to pre-order, and it contains three poems I wrote last year. Like a lot of what I was writing at the time, they use a lot of pastoral imagery. Genießen Sie!
The summer issue of Whisperings is out, containing the next eight poems in their current serialisation of Afterworks. The poems in this set are based on paintings by Cézanne, Picasso, Sérusier, Toulouse-Lautrec and others.See Magcloud to view the whole issue online, download it as a free PDF, or order a print copy.
The new issue of The Round, a student-run magazine at Brown University, just came out and it includes another of the ekphrasis poems I wrote around the time I was putting together Afterworks. You can view it online for free here.