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.
Though I haven’t mentioned it here, music is one of my big passions and interests, although from the viewpoint of a connoisseur. Are you a music fan as well as one of Dostoyevsky? Check out the article here.
Thanks to a new life development I’ve found a new outlet for some writing. My first piece, related to the promotion of an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s novella Notes From the Underground, has been published here.
Dostoyevsky is one of my all-time favorite writers, so much to where the nonsensical arguments made nowadays about him being an “emo” writer almost make me resort to offense. Though some works are weaker than others, I have never read a Dostoyevsky work that has not made me think about a slew of different issues. While Crime and Punishment is undoubtedly his best, The Double and The Gambler hilarious, Notes From the Underground intensely psychological in a personal way and Netochka Nezvanova incredibly tragic but great for music lovers, The Brothers Karamazov is by far my favorite work by him, perhaps due to the siblings resembling my own (which would make me, for better or for worse, equivalent to Ivan Karamazov). For those who haven’t read anything by the Master of Petersburg who are wondering where to begin, I suggest Crime and Punishment. That’s where I started. Most people I know who don’t like Dostoyevsky have made the mistake of starting with The Idiot – a, dare I say it, idiotic decision xD – and while I haven’t read it yet it’s obvious that it’s not the best place to start with him. If the reader is able to find Roddy Raskolnikov accessible to them, then the rest of Dostoyevsky’s psychologically tormenting world will be open to them.
At any rate I suggest you all check out the film, as well as some of the films VM Productions has made. I’ve put some Amazon links below, as well as all the other necessary ones. VM Productions is a film company based in the LA area devoted to reimagining literary classics in a 21st century urban LA atmosphere. Notes from the New World is their film based on Dostoyevsky’s Notes From the Underground, while Shades of Day is based off of the well known short story White Nights, one of the most moving pieces of literature ever put to pen. I should be having some more posts on this website, so for anybody interested eyes open.
In other news, another poetry submission is scheduled for mid-May. I’ll update you all when that happens.
But for now, I wish you all a merry April.
Links for VM Productions:
I was reading this article just now and thought I’d share it. Fascinating insight into the construction of the polymath, one of the most impressive manifestations of humanity: https://gainweightjournal.com/what-makes-a-renaissance-man/