Greetings Dostoyevsky fans,
Ever wondered how much time one should spend reading the works of Dostoyevsky, the Master of Petersburg? The answer is of course, as long as it takes to read everything! But for those not sure, I wrote a post about a minor work of his, Netochka Nezvanova. To say that it was an important work for Dostoyevsky is a given: it was his first attempt at writing a full-blown novel. But to me this has a special place as it led me to realize not only the enormous greatness of Dostoyevsky as a writer in general (if a minor work of his resonates as well as a major one, that is a good sign right?) but as one of my favorite authors of all time.
Need more convincing? Read the article here.
A happy Advent to you all!
I hope you are all having a lovely Samhain season.
As one can see on my publications page, several previous publications were for a magazine called Paris/Atlantic. As it was the magazine of my alma mater, it has normally been, like most university magazines, print-only. But this years addition has now been digitized, so you will be able to see my publication now by following the link here.
I should add that this years edition also features some writers who, while I happen to know them, are admirable writers in and of themselves: Lethu Msimang, Jeffrey Greene, Olivia Baes, Sian Melangell Dafydd and Noemi Bodnarova.
Currently poetry submissions have been on a bit of a slump as I have been going through a transitional period whose tentacles have slipped into almost every crack of my life. But that has not stopped me from writing more poems whenever possible. More will come.
Thank you for your views. And enjoy the autumn season.
When I finally memorized
the Boxer’s hidden stanza
the one used at their concerts,
I was overwhelmed
by secret emanations of triumph;
I believed in hidden knowledge,
the secret privileges oasis dwellers
defend from a khamsin of idiocy,
sushi appetizers the connoisseurs
sampled with ebony chopsticks
of plastic for unusual rarity.
– Arcata, CA 2011
Hope September is being kind to all of you so far. With a new Salman Rushdie novel out as well as the translation of Orhan Pamuk’s newest novel out in the Anglosphere, there is certainly much to look forward to in an otherwise bleak literary world (not counting quantity at least).
My 19th poem, titled “Worn Herzlicher Coaster,” has just been published on a blog titled Blue Pepper, or Bluepepper (I’m kind of alternating between them). I’ve been subscribed to them for awhile, and I suggest you go check them out! The link to their blog is here and another link can be found on my Publications page.
In other news, I’m preparing another blog post on Dostoyevsky. I’ll keep you in the loop. No word yet from those who will publish my debut collection, A Drinking Horn of Accumulated Expiries. But the output of poetry collections at Poetry Will Be Made By All does appear to be steady so I’m sure I’ll know soon enough. Also I’ve begun shopping around for potential presses for my next collection, Mews For the Tarpans of the World.
I was also thinking of starting to write some literary criticism in the near future. Not merely reviews of books but going into depth. There are so many great books out there, but like a traveler breezing through European cities they can barely remember I want to unpack what I’ve read a bit more. Not pseudo-intellectually, but beyond the surface. I recently started reading Milan Kundera’s collection of literary criticism, titled Encounters, and what he wrote about Curzio Malaparte, while a bit general at times (though for a good reason), was enough to make me rethink my own experience with this criminally underrated author.
That’s all for now. The weather in Prague is getting colder, which is bad for sunbathing but great for writing. So expect a lot more to come!
Little children guide a dragon
skinnier than the Wawelian breed
tailed by a walking forest of papers
signifying Chinese New Year
minutes before more creatures descend
upon the fortified piazza;
lovers observe children they will never birth,
caressing themselves upon the dusty footprints
of post-mediaeval luthiers en route to Sunday mass.
– Cremona, February 2015
The good people at Vox Poetica published my 17th poem last week. The link is here. Enjoy!
A new post on the Master of Petersburg is out! Check it out here.