Even if a small percentage of the poems in Alice Miller's "Nowhere Nearer" didn't quite come off (for me at least), overall I really liked this compact little volume. It has a style and voice that resonates with me. I guess that's one of the unique things about poetry; not just its ability to speak … Continue reading “Nowhere Nearer”
Camouflaged by the city, men on mopeds sheathed in helmets and the immature roar of under-powered engines, keep their dialogue to themselves. With no idea we are being watched there is no vulnerability, no fear that we are profoundly exposed. Strangers measure us through lenses we never see, our casual movements recorded and … Continue reading Threat
Coverstory books is pleased to be able to announce the following title: "An Infinity of Mirrors" - publication date, 1st May 2018 Given his profession as a Historian, it was inevitable that Mark would find himself one day writing the biography of his late father, the acclaimed author Charles Packard. As his biographer, Mark is … Continue reading New titles now published!
Global Warning Shallow pools of meltwater reflect high summer sun in the empty immensity glazing the top of our world. Winds and currents conspire to generate imperceptible drifts, journeys that will last years. And as the … Continue reading Global Warning
Atmospheric. If we ignore the format for a moment, I have to say that Robin Robertson's "The Long Take" is tremendously atmospheric. It paints a picture of post-war America - and the brutality of the D-Day landings of WW2 - brilliantly, weaving the two within the darkness of a Veteran's internal struggles and the rebirth … Continue reading “The Long Take”
Way ahead of schedule, so great progress! Update 18th April: Novel - "An Infinity of Mirrors": proof copy arrived, awaiting final review Short Story collection - "Degrees of Separation": draft finished; proof copy to be ordered Poetry - "After the Rehearsals": draft finished; proof copy ordered and awaiting delivery I can now think about planning … Continue reading Writing Diary – update
“When we found them initially, hopping around in a lab homely & ungainly & quite ordinary, it seemed their behaviours were written into genes like automatons - though that may not be the perfect analogy. or Animals, surely. The defenceless victims of our increasingly elaborate experiments. Small, furry, the kind of four-legged friend that you … Continue reading Detachment (a draft)
At last! A book of great poetry. Hannah Sullivan's "Three Poems" is packed with line after line of tremendous imagery, all weaving in and out of a really strong narrative too. Of all the volumes of poetry I have read recently, "Three Poems" is surely one I will return to. Reading
Coverstory books is pleased to be able to announce the following titles and their projected release dates: "An Infinity of Mirrors" - planned publication date, 21st May 2018 Given his profession as a Historian, it was inevitable that Mark would find himself one day writing the biography of his late father, the acclaimed author Charles … Continue reading Announcing new titles!
Update 7th April: Great progress! "An Infinity of Mirrors" as before. Short story collection: now >140 pages in and just two stories left. Should reach the 160 page target draft by the 15th April. Revision then through May with a revised publication & launch reading at the end of June. Narrative poem: draft complete. Revision … Continue reading Writing Diary – update