How did I get here? I’m living in Kapiti just up the west coast from our capital city Wellington. I came back to
New Zealand after forty years away, five years ago. My mother died a year ago, now I’m feeling unsettled. I’ve been poring over train routes on the Trans Siberian railway; I can fly to Bangkok, then to London on the Trans Siberian route via Mongolia by train (bus through Thailand only), then fly back from London.
The other long train trip I want is in Australia - I can fly to Cairns, then train down the East Coast to Melbourne, where I’d join the link to Perth, then back as far as Adelaide and go up the centre to Darwin and return to Cairns.
I really like train travel now that I’ve gone all the way around continental USA on Amtrak.
That trip two years ago became the frame for my third book, first Creative Non-Fiction prose-poem,
Looking for Kerouac http://amzn.com/B00EU6U26W, published by Hammer & Anvil Books http://dansemacabreonline.wix.com/hammerandanvilbooks
Hammer and Anvil as Stonesthrow Poetry also published my collection After the Danse in 2012.
They have published my work extensively in the past years, in Danse Macabre the monthly journal http://www.dansemacabreonline.com/ or in Danse Macabre du Jour, daily poetry http://dmdujour.wordpress.com/
I attended Whitireia Community Polytechnic as an on-line student in 2008 and 2009 while taking poetry courses
(including two Iowa classes) at Victoria University. I graduated with my Diploma inCreative Writing from Whitireia 2009 and was accepted into the Master inCreative Writing (poetry) programme at IIMLVictoria 2010. I graduated in 2011
with MA Creative Writing and a grade of B+.
My train trip around America happened that same year, a month out of time.
I kept writing, posting a poem almost every day on an online poetry site. I’d joined allpoetry.com before I left Australia for New Zealand when I first started to write and I’ve written and posted first drafts of poems there ever since. I grew up there, poetically.
I self-published on Amazon a book of poetry about food, Food 4 Thought, to experience the whole production process. http://amzn.com/B009AYNZMW
I formed Bench Press as managing editor in 2012 and hopped over the ditch to publish Numeralla Dreaming, on Australia Day 2012 in Numeralla village, where I’d lived for twenty years or so. A lot of fun!
I had another quick trip to Las Vegas in 2012 and I’m going to stay at the Deauville in Miami for a long
vacation and meeting with my editor Pasquale Goldberg any time now. http://www.hotels.com/ho163626/the-deauville-beach-resort-miami-beach-united-states/
I’ve had the most amazing month with my writing. August 2013 has been the biggest of my writing life! All thanks to the gods of poetry and fortune, and the support of friends.
14 poems and a short story were published, 6 more poems accepted, one short-listed in a competition
and two books accepted, one of poetry, one the Kerouac travelogue/memoir/quest.
Three poems - Death of Lorca, Dreams of Katherine Mary Knight, and The Singing Bones here 3 August
A short story - Jacob's ladder - and six poems - Never for the last time, Another dream of Alexandria, Desert interlude, A Balkan story, Today she is Kapiti Island and Loop Dreamer's cycle - here in Danse Macabre #72, Oubliette
Three poems - The sky of summer stars, Dangelong and Girls at tea (after John Ashbery and the story of Anatoly Moskvin) in Rawahi, a new release from Hammer& Anvil Books
Kovalenko's Zen and Self-Serve are in this new anthology Of Sun and Surf from Kind of a Hurricane Press - thanks Amy and April!
Prospective Journal has taken Rebirthing Characters (Sasquatch)
Half Way Down the Stairs has taken Hangman’s Creek
Horrified Press for Until the End has taken The Red Queen makes her excuses
Parody has taken This be the worst and I carry your gum
My book of poetry Ono (previously Waiata of waiting) has been accepted by Hammer& Anvil Books
My travelogue / memoir / quest called Looking for Kerouac has been accepted by Hammer & Anvil books, and
The Stars like Sand - an anthology of Australian and New Zealand poetry due for release early 2014 will include my poem Graffiti Trees
So a big thank you to all the editors who have shown their faith in me - so very strange that only one is a Kiwi. Oh well, I guess that makes me an international poet.
I’ve just learned my poem “Dirty Streams” made the short-list for the Page and Blackmore poetry competition 2013; you can read it here
I still have an unpublished ms of poems about growing up, coming of age in New Zealand in the 50s and 60s, and a suite of poems called I am the real Fidel, too short for a chapbook. Another suite is a crown of sonnets, 15 sonnets called The China Cabinet.
Now I’m reading a lot of Jean Genet so I’ll probably start writing about him soon. In fact a few small poems have happened already. I’m really self-indulgent when it comes to writing - I can be because I live alone so I can write and read at any time day or night. I go to a few open mics each month, and one poetry workshop but I’m mostly just writing.
I have a book half imagined; at least the people in it are speaking more clearly, and I can almost see where it’s going. So it goes.
A constant in my life since 2008 is John Holland. He’s as lovely in person as he is on the net, and he has supported me and other poets for as long as I’ve known him. He also has two books of poetry published by Hammer & Anvil Books,
Under the Dog Star: http://amzn.com/B00E64XY2M
and Dry Bones: http://amzn.com/B00AAX3N7E