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Here’s a little list of things I’ve been working on of late … I’d love to hear all about your recent successes, or works in progress, too 🙂 Poems (out now): ‘All the things I Kept’ in Cordite (Monster) ‘Strange Men’ in Southerly (Violence 78.3) – TW for sexual assault … Continue reading

Author : nike

Spectology / Rupetta

Just discovered this great discussion of/around Rupetta. The podcast discussion includes two episodes, one discussing various ideas and para-texts prior to reading the novel, and the other a post-reading discussion. It’s always a little disconcerting listening to/being privy to other people’s discussion of your work, but I really enjoyed hearing Adrian … Continue reading

Filed under : On Writing , Rupetta
Author : nike

Recent Publications

What have I been up to lately? Here’s a list of a few recent publications … ‘Night Drive’ (a poem) in Verity La. ‘The Beautiful Husband’ (a short story) in Social Alternatives (Volume 36, no 3) A Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge ‘review’ of Dickens’s David Copperfield at Going Down Swinging. … Continue reading

Author : nike

2018: revolutions, resolutions and ramblings

The new year has just started, all shimmery and golden. As Anne (with an ‘e’) was rather fond of saying about tomorrow: the new year is fresh, with no mistakes in it. [Not that mistakes are something to worry about: we need to slip and stumble and fall to learn, … Continue reading

Author : nike

Panna cotta (sweet and savoury)

Recently, a friend posted on FaceBook asking about the difference between panna cotta and creme brĂ»lĂ©e (I’m looking at you, Ben Payne). The ensuing conversation was a wondrous thing in many ways (I cannot tell you how wonderfully strange is the food chat of SF nerds), and upsetting in others. … Continue reading

Filed under : On Food , On Living
Author : nike

ICFA 39 200 Years of the Fantastic: Celebrating Frankenstein and Mary Shelley

An audience needs something stronger than a pretty little love story. So, why shouldn’t I write of monsters? (Mary Shelley, the character, from the 1935 film Bride of Frankenstein) Darlings! You won’t believe it. (Well, you might). Here’s the most amazing news: in March next year, I’ll be a Guest of … Continue reading

Author : nike

Lawnmowing poetry

Asa Gray wrote Increase Lapham: pay particular attention to my pets, the grasses. — by Lorine Niedecker (1940). This semester, I’m teaching a poetry course for third year undergraduates. I’ve never been one  to divide a semester into the usual kind of weeks (week one: line, week two: stanza, week … Continue reading

Filed under : On Reading , On Teaching
Author : nike

seventy-three (the arc of a bird’s flight)

after we are dead nobody will remember the way you looked at me this afternoon or the way your hand / grazed by sunlight perfectly described the arc of a bird’s flight someone else will walk along this road / and see that same tree / older now and bent … Continue reading

Author : nike

seventy-two (landslide)

At 2:30 pm today, a huge part of my life is ending. And all day (all week, all month) I’ve been struck by every fucking clichĂ© that people use to comfort or sustain themselves through such moments. They just sneak up on me, wash through me. They’re as insistent and melodramatic … Continue reading

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