A Stranger Dream – Virtual Launch Party

April 21st, 2016

Love: A Stranger Dream

This weekend (22-24 April 2016) there will be a virtual launch party for my non-linear visual poetry colouring in book A Stranger Dream. It is a stark book, a book of hate and isolation, a book of hope and love. The images tackle the thorny issues of self-identity and the pain of isolation and ostracism, of critasism and the violence society often enacts on those who do not conform.

Of communities once inclusive, self cannibilising.

It is a narrative of my self, it is the story of SELF, of everyone, it is a cyclic jumbled mess, it is non-linear, the circles of society, family, culture and religion are intersection, concentric, exclusionary, overlapping, non-ecludian rings.

The colouring book is not The Form of the poem but it is a form of it. There is going to be a gallery where people can add their colouring in efforts – I hope that together we can turn stark hurt into rainbows.

Splice and Split rainbow

Electronically I will spend this weekend pinging between various social media and blogs. Namely this one and Snell-Pym.

There is a Facebook Event, a Google+ Event, a twitter hashtag # astrangerdream and my patreon account (which will have hidden extras in it for patreons only).

I have a t-shirt – with Identity Clinging on it – I used the wrong image ie not the bordered one I’d used for the book so there are white lines where there should be none – but I have a fix for this! I also plan to turn it into a dress or at least make a matching skirt for performances.

Sarah Snell-Pym in her Identity Clinging T-shirt

There will be merch for sale, there are stickers to give away and there are beautiful mugs and poetry cards and so much more!

I did a blog post about the origin and work that went into the making of A Stranger Dream: Love on Snell-Pym.

And you can still download the individual images for free – yes I am selling a book with them in but I want my work as accessible as possible. With the book you are paying for the nice book, for the boarders and a bit of extra editing. It is currently showing as £10+ I meant it to be £7+ if you buy the £10 + version let me know as I have a goody bag to post to you!

Tides

March 21st, 2016

It’s World Poetry Day – I napped and had a lucid dream – I made it the poem.

Tides Visual Poem

Essence

August 13th, 2015

I see a heart beat
And it twists in my mouth
With bites bitting the biter
Bloody matter drools
Into pinkish blips
Of nothing much
Vacant tears failing
No cascade of pain
Instead a rush of maybes
Tricking moments
Weaving webs
Memories catching
I can not free them
Clipping and clacking
Waisting the wish
Until skeletons of the Me
Is all that remains
Locked and lost with the loss of self
Seen within my myogenic pulse

The Challenge

June 21st, 2015

I have been set a challenge via facebook but Adam Magee a fellow poet – I have to post a poem a day for 5 days and tag other poets to do the same each day.

Now I’ve been suffering with concussion for the last month and writing and reading have been out but I am feeling much better so am giving this a try. So tomorrow hopefully there will be a fresh new poem.

St Georges Day

April 23rd, 2015

It’s St Georges Day about a dragon and a knight
About tea and cake and an fairy tail fight
So fly high the flag of red and white
Be proud and loud but loose the racist shiite
You know Anglos were once the foreign ones – right?
As was St George, killed in his persecuted flight
Remember that when you mock the immigrant’s plight
And that it’s the mix that makes for England’s might

Coffee An Obsession

April 4th, 2015

He reckons I’m obsessed
Obsessed he says
Obsesses
Brown caffeinated liquids
Are my obsession
Warm or cold
Fizzy or flat
As long as it has caffeine
It has the knack
I need
The longing
For thick frothy coffee
You have to eat with a spoon
The wanting
Ice filled cola
Or mocha with cream
But I am not obsessed
Oh no not me
I can go for an hour
Without
Any you see
Just don’t tell him
I will beg and plead
If I am without for
More than three
Three hours
With out caffeine
And I’ll need
A grande
Via intravenous drip
Or a take away
Beaker to sip.

Ghosts in the Void

April 3rd, 2015

Trying to capture the things within
Writers shiver, Artists paint, sculptures try
But try in vain

Always nothing but a ghost or shade
Pale immitation
Like the mathimatical landscape
Reduced to notation

Symbols used to show the world
Those things in the void
Behind our eyes

Festival Rain

April 2nd, 2015

It’s festival rain again! AGAIN!
Packing the tent is such a pain
When you are canvas bound
Listening to it sheeting down

Watching the little bubbles form
Before the riverlets of the storm
A constellation of crystal blooms
As we hide in this tents one room

But this structure must come down
Before the funky beats are found
The Music thumps and does pound
Dancers dance twirling round

Mud bath laughs at the main stage
No one here acts their age
How delicious and sublime
Is the ridiculous at festival time?

For age here counts not at all
Everyone will eventually act the fool
Skipping to natures beat
Dancers leaving behind wet seats

Beat out tempo with squelching feet
Eating churros salt and sweet
Listening to the sage and wise
Laughing loud untill you cry

Sighing as it’s time to go
Watching storm light begin to grow
Golden clouds make banners glow
And there the arc of the rain bow

Helpful

April 1st, 2015

Just a reminder to other poets that there is lots of helpful stuff over on the NaPoWriMo site.

I personally am gearing up by writing from images in an old fashion mag I’ve ended up with – some of the prompts want to be short stories though!

NaPoWriMo 2015

March 31st, 2015

Having already done two poetry writing drives this year I am preparing myself for yet another poem a day challenge called National Poetry Writing Month – pretty much if there is a challenge I will take part in it :)

I am going for the spending 30 hrs on poetry this month rather than 30 poems a day.

As I’ve done this year with Month of Poetry and World Poetry Writing Month, I will aim to write 100 drafts or skeletons of poems this month and I have a lot of drafts unsurprisingly to edit and type up.

I would also like to do some work on The Little Book of Easter Poetry and get it moving forward.

And if there is anytime left then I would like to work on my collection The Political Converse but that is a lot to fit in :)

It starts tomorrow and I am also doing work on my comic book stuff this month so we shall see :)

And last but not least my Muse Monsters are appearing as a work shop at The Cheltenham Poetry Festival :)