Category Archives: current emanations

Close, 4

(The previous post involved me testing out and adapting one of Geddes’s ‘thinking machines’ – a little bit of neural coding, if you like. It helped me recognise that my tendencies to withdrawal, incrementalism, slapstickery, and to what I identified … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations, Makaronics, xenochronicity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Close, 3

(I was struck while reading this review of Murakami’s latest book of short stories by the parallel between his ‘dialled down’ male protagonists, and the ‘hermless’ aspect of Dundee’s male population during the heyday of the jute industry, the ‘kettle-bilers’ … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations, Makaronics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Close, 2

(A short disquisition on how sideboards do furnish a room, in which I’m thinking about types of closeness: how close we get to – or should approach – those lives we thought we might lead. How distant the writer might … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations, Makaronics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Close, 1

(When I went off to Crete for 10 days over Paskha, I had a cunning plan. Knowing that I had large projects of scary creative work to do in the realms of both poetry and prose, I set myself two … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations, Makaronics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Waukendremes, 2

The opposite of falling asleep while reading must be, exactly, waking up while writing. I’ve had, as most writers have, the experience of waking with a phrase or an entire poem in my head; or of remembering at the point … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exceptionals and the Rules

I was very struck by The Guardian‘s editorial this Monday reflecting on the deaths of Chuck Berry and Derek Walcott, and thinking of poetry as something which encompassed and is lessened by the loss of both. Not only did this … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Waukendremes, 1

An interesting blog post from Richard Gwyn about the not uncommon experience of falling asleep while reading reminds me I’ve been exploring a few angles of this phenomenon over the years. That odd-to-and-fro relationship of reader to writer, and of … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations, Makaronics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment