As I’ve previously posted, I’m curtailing my teaching commitments in 2018 to take a writing sabbatical. One of the big projects is a novel I’ve been trying to write for decades, that’s begun happening again with a curious twist of authorship. Long way to go, but worth posting a teaser cover mock-up.
And here’s the PDF of a scrappy verse prelude that (sort of) explains the basic frame. I’m hoping putting this stuff up will force my hand and keep me writing. We shall see . . .
A poem I’ve recently written that alludes to an iconic suspension bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island in New York City, the Verrazano Narrow Bridge, a major fixture of my early life and travels. Fyi, the town on Long Island where I was born is called Babylon, which accounts for the title. Partly.
Those of you who’ve been regular attenders of our Refectory sessions will know Richard Wrigley, a Melbourne poet who’s himself been a regular contributor to our conversations. After the publication of his recent book of poems, Honeycomb and Diamonds, I included Richard in our roster of poets to be discussed, and he has graciously offered me a selection of more recent pieces for us to consider in that session.
Richard will be there too, so, for the first time, we’ll have a live poet in the house! It promises to be a special occasion, to which I’m very much looking forward, so if the idea appeals and you’ve not been to a Refectory session recently (or ever), you might consider putting this one into your calendar:
The MLS Refectory: Poems by Richard Wrigley
Wednesday 20 September
First Floor Meeting Room 1
247 Flinders Lane
Robert Lloyd and I recording his ‘The White Giant’, a song about the Cerne Abbas Giant carved in white chalk into a hillside in Dorset many, many moons ago. Erm, yeah. You get the picture. Rough mix, but enough to give you a sense of where we’re heading.
Sorry for my long absence! The version of WordPress that drives this site has stopped uploading images, which has stalled my communications department. I’m still here, though! And you can still get in touch via the ‘contact us’ link or directly to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your patience! I shall be posting some new course tidings, albeit imageless, shortly.