Review of The Good Dark in Magma 63

November 22, 2015

Really delighted to have The Good Dark reviewed alongside Claudia Rankine and Matthew Siegel in the forthcoming edition of Magma Poetry.

“Many of the poems in this profoundly lyrical collection are characterised by long sentences, often breaking across the sense – with short lines and short breaths, which, if you read it as I did, might have the strange effect of making you sigh at regular intervals.”

“But ultimately it is for its sound that I found this collection most enjoyable: it is an exercise in sustained tone, possessing a consistent, melancholy music, a heart-breaking sob in its voice.”

I Look Up Again published in Leopardskin and Limes

November 13, 2015

My poem ‘I Look Up Again‘ has been published in the magazine Leopardskin and Limes, alongside an awesome illustration by Edinburgh artist and pal Faith Eliott.

Poems in translation on Lyrikline

October 3, 2015

So totally delighted to have fifteen of my poems posted in translation on Lyrikline: Untitled (Howe)The Ocean I Call MineWindow, Not SkyUnfinished Rooms, The ApartmentThe FloodI Do Not Want Rain for RainBabelA Raincoat, A Spell of Rain Ago, Oregon TrailMy 100-Year-Old GhostSummer Nights, WalkingUntitled (Lincoln)Waiting for the Ocean, and The Duke in Pines appear in their original English plus translations into Arabic, Turkish, Bulgarian, German and Bosnian.

Thanks so much to the translators for all their hard work, and thanks to VERSschmuggel, Highlight Arts & Literature Across Frontiers who facilitated many of these versions.

I Do Not Want Rain For Rain in Berlin

October 1, 2015

Huge thanks to the wonderful folks at The Reader Berlin for having me over and recording this video of my poem ‘I Do Not Want Rain for Rain‘. Apologies for the dog.

The poem is from my second book, The Good Dark, published by Penned in the Margins.

Lighthouse, with Ragland

September 20, 2015

Even more good Ragland related news: we have collaborated on a track entitled ‘Lighthouse’, and you can listen to it below.

pen: New collaboration poem with Ragland as part of Queensland Poetry Festival

September 17, 2015

Delighted to announce a new collaborative poem, ‘Too Many Raindrops‘ with Ragland, as part of the Queensland Poetry Festival.

The theme for the 2015 Queensland Poetry Festival is ‘Language is a virus from outer space’. I have been curating a project for the festival that responds to this theme and the future of poetry. PEN will be available in a limited edition of 100 usbs at the festival bookshop. With language as virus, the nature and format of <O>PEN means that the files are susceptible to sharing and editing. All works are licensed under Creative Commons Sharealike 4.0, so responses and remixes are very welcome.

“Prayer of the Heart” published in Communion #3

June 4, 2015

My poem “Prayer of the Heart” has been included in Communion #3, a literary magazine from Walleah Press in Tasmania. It’s all free online, do check it out.

“Wait, Listen, If” published in The Missing Slate Anthology

June 2, 2015

My poem, “Wait, Listen, If”, has been published in The Missing Slate‘s inaugural print issue, 2014: In Retrospect. It appears alongside work from Pakistan, India, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Austria, Barbados, the United Kingdom, the United States, Slovakia, Hungary, Iran, Canada, Ghana, Singapore, Germany, Lebanon, Poland, and Bangladesh, and I’m totally chuffed to be in such fine company.

The Missing Slate’s inaugural print issue features the best work we’ve published in 2014 — in both web and digital — PLUS content exclusive to the anthology. This issue marks the first time the magazine takes a definitive socio-political stance against the political crises of the moment, with commentaries on the Gaza conflict, nodding at the nature of “freedom”, the increasingly misogynous portrayals of women on TV, dissecting the political undercurrents in superhero mythology, highlighting the forms of sexual power showcased in Pakistani Urdu writer Ismat Chugtai’s work, and humanity’s constant quest for “more”, in thoughtful editorials of current events as part of a larger conversation.”

Ryan is in fourfold

January 15, 2015

A collaborative piece between SJ Fowler, nick-e melville, Colin Herd, Ross Sutherland and myself has been published as part of the FourFold project. The poem is called ‘The Auld Fold’, and there is a photograph of the finished article big enough to read right here.

Poems in the Edinburgh Review

December 3, 2014

Delighted to have four poems (‘Dress’, ‘Flag’, ‘Move Things Around’ and ‘Something Almost to Outlast’) published in the new edition of the Edinburgh Review, alongside work from Paul Bachelor, Rachael Boast, Russell Jones, David Wheatley and a whole bunch of great folk. Available at respectable outlets where you are.