I had a blast putting this playlist together.
Warm thanks to Joseph Schreiber for writing about Glasshouses so thoughtfully:
[This] is a collection that feels intensely intimate and personal, in the sense that Barnes seems to be engaging directly with his reader, sharing his love of the poets who have guided him, directly or through his careful reading, drawing inspiration from his family and from his own experience as a gay man, and openly riffing on the influence of music and pop culture. The wide range of voices that emerge, together with the variety afforded by his delight in structure and form, allows for a reading experience that never falls into tired and predictable patterns.
And here’s Joe on the cento (my book includes five):
If a line that catches me short in a cento actually originates from another work, who owns the power? The poet who crystalized the image, or the poet who re-envisions it, a jewel among other salvaged (and fully credited) jewels? Or—and I should hope this is correct—both but in different ways?
You can read Joe’s full review here and buy a copy of Glasshouses here (use promo code CELEBRATE at checkout to receive free shipping, Australian and New Zealand shipping addresses only, offer ends midnight January 10).
I’ve two newish poems in Glasgow Review of Books. ‘Glasshouses Redux’ was influenced in part by Golden Boy with Miss Kittin’s ‘Rippin Kittin (Glove Tension Dub)’, while ‘namesakes’ responds to 2017’s Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Thanks to poetry editor Samuel Tongue.
I’ve a cento about kindness (with lines from joanne burns, Jill Jones, John Kinsella, David Malouf, Dorothy Porter et al) in Overland 229, out this week, alongside many of my favourite writers. Thanks to editors Toby Fitch and Jacinda Woodhead. You can pre-order a copy here.
The final Tincture is available now!
Issue 20 includes fiction by Nigel Featherstone, non-fiction by Johannes Klabbers, creative non-fiction by Yen-Rong Wong, and poetry by Alice Allan, Luke Best, Jennifer Compton, Shastra Deo, Alison Flett, Rachael Guy, Carmen Leigh Keates, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Paul Scully and Jane Williams.
Thanks to Daniel Young, to every poet who sent their work to Tincture, to every reader, subscriber and supporter! Five years … A real blast!
My ‘Ghazal for The Sisters of Mercy’ (Leonard Cohen? Andrew Eldritch? Catherine McAuley) has been published in the current issue of Transnational Literature alongside Gillian Dooley, Kathryn Hummel, Heather Taylor Johnson, Jill Jones, Pooja Nansi, Jaydeep Sharangi, Cyril Wong et al. Thanks to editor Alison Flett.