Notebook (page 3 of 3)

What I am working on – ‘Adventures in the Country of Death’ sequence:

Adventures in the country of death

(I use a lot of grayscale in these works)

Some of these have appeared in various issues of Brief[Read The Death of Porthos here].

November, 2015

I’m guest editing an issue of Brief, on the theme of love, which is fun and a little scary because I’ve never edited a journal before. You can read the Call for Submissions here (due Feb 29).

The list of stockists for The Burnt Hotel has been updated – it’s now in Masterton and Palmerston North.

What I am reading: Stephanie Christie’s thoughtful, twisty questioning Carbon Shapes and Dark Matter.

Look for me in: Landfall, issue 230
and there are 2 poems from The Burnt Hotel in Brief, issue 53

Call for Submissions: Brief issue 54 – love

Call for Submissions: Brief issue 54 – love

“Love, exciting and new/ Come aboard, we’re expecting you” (Paul Williams, Love Boat Theme)
“Once the first avowal has been made, “I love you” has no meaning whatever; it merely repeats in an enigmatic mode – so blank does it appear – the old message (which may not have been transmitted in these words). I repeat it exclusive of any pertinence; it comes out of the language, it divagates – where?” (Roland Barthes [trans. Richard Howard], A Lover’s Discourse)

Submissions are invited for the 54th issue of brief, which will be a thematic issue on love, guest edited by Olivia Macassey. Submissions are to be received by February 29, 2016, and can be emailed to brief.the.journal or to me. Non-electronic submissions up to A4 in size can be mailed to the editor by prior arrangement.

Brief, a biannual print journal (founded in 1995), is a space for new experimental writing, work that does something interesting, etc. It publishes poetry, prose, essays & criticism, hybrid forms, and occasionally visual art. Contributors receive an issue of the journal as payment.

Where to buy The Burnt Hotel

The Burnt Hotel is now available in shops…The Burnt Hotel *updated

Auckland: University Bookshop, and Unity Books
Wellington: Unity Books, and Vic Books
Christchurch: UBS Canterbury, and Scorpio Books
Palmerston North: Bruce McKenzie Booksellers
Masterton: Hedley Bookshop

Or order online:
Titus Books
UBS Books
Unity Books
Vic Books

September, 2015

What I am reading: Roger Horrocks’ impressive work, Song of the Ghost in the Machine. It has his characteristic energy, focus and intellectual curiousity.

Look for me in: Fast Fibres 2: Poetry from Northland (available from Piet Nieuland).

Website 2

After ages of being closed, is finally up and running again! But this is a bit of a work in progress. Still to come: audio, photos, posters and old archives etc. If you find a broken link or anything weird (or if you have suggestions), please let me know here.

The old website

old website

What I am working on:

Alone in that city I felt its
beauty like a bruise

“To know that one does not write for the other, to know these things I am going to write will never cause me to be loved by the one I love (the other), to know that writing compensates for nothing, sublimates nothing, that it is precisely there where you are not – this is the beginning of writing.”

Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse
1978:100 (trans. Richard Howard, Penguin)


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