With thanks: it is good of International Times to help promote my memoir. Further details here.
Some time ago I planned to write a sequence of ‘Chandler’ sonnets, written by Philip Marlowe. I recently watched Dick Powell in Farewell My Lovely, the song-and-dance man playing quite a passable Marlow – of its time – and I was reminded of those plans. I finished the first and only sonnet I had written last night, and that may be it, much as I enjoyed!
It is hot
and it is oppressive and
What can he do that he hasn’t
He can take
the salt to the stairs, he
tells her –
all in the effort to care enough
if she does.
There were times
when he carried, both piggyback
nightmares have been subsumed by a
Are wounded and wound an equivalence?
this cycle of pain without a balm other
than their trying.
Delighted to get a glimpse of this today.
Further details here.
…he makes a brief appearance in the memoir.
This can be ordered here.
I’m delighted to announce this pre-order of my new book planned for release on 9th August. Link is here
Drawing on Previous Learning – an ironic title – is a collection of poems I have written about teaching and education over the past 40 years. I am so pleased Wrecking Ball Press has taken these to publish.
I don’t imagine I will ever again have two books to advertise/promote at the same time (the other is my memoir Holding On To Me In Lockdown).
Lockdown has been a busy writing and organising lifeline for me.
I had my grifter time and this is recounted by one of the vignettes in my memoir. Details can be found here.
Thanks to IT and Rupert for once more giving space to a piece from my found poems sequence &there4 here.