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I am endlessly fascinated by the genre of found poems. I first learned about them while studying my masters in creative arts at university and have since then developed an eye for the found poem, a series of prose words I pluck from a text and render as a poem. They are fun to discover …

review: people of the river by grace karskens

Grace Karsken’s People of the River is an account of the early years of the colony of Sydney’s farming communities along the Nepean-Hawksbury River (Dyarubbin). There’s a Latin saying, the wise man discerns things which the ass confuses*, and I have to admit that after reading this book we Australians have been a bunch of …

review: our colourful world by ling dingnian

Over Chinese New Year this year, I received as a gift a copy of a book called Our Colourful World. It’s a collection of 54 short stories by mainland Chinese writer, Ling Dingnian. On the cover of the book, he, or perhaps his publisher, describes his writings as mini-novels. That really doesn’t translate well into …

covid19 and ru4ut?

National news this week has prompted me to upload this blog as a service to the community. As usual, it also offers some insight into my previous writing/publishing efforts related to the subject. I refer to a beneficial health practice sometimes called the Waters of Life, and also know as Urine Therapy (UT), ie the …

review: against the day by thomas pynchon

After reading Against the Day, I can reaffirm Thomas Pynchon as a writer on the leading edge, one with enormous creative muscle and a masterly control of the English language, one who can delight and entertain us with a universe of crazy details in so many different fields of human endeavour, but particularly in science, …

review: rough cut by peter gray

Thrillers are about characters who are in ‘terrible trouble,’ writes Dean Koontz. Peter Gray does appear to have cracked the thriller formula with Rough Cut, for on the very first page his character is indeed in ‘terrible trouble’. We are immediately drawn into the story of how Charlie Robertson came to be in that trouble …

kazan – capital with a k – i remember

I so enjoyed watching the Australian Soccer team play France in Kazan in their first game of World Cup 2018. I visited Kazan in 2001 and remember it as a wonderful regional Russian city even then. The day after Australia played France, I heard sports commentator Francis Leach talking on the radio about how Kazan …