writing projects // pursuits

Detail from reproduced image of Pablo Picasso Autoportrait, late-1901, Musée National Picasso, Paris

Detail from reproduced image of Pablo Picasso Autoportrait, late-1901, Musée National Picasso, Paris

harlequin bLue

A poetic work, and prolonged ekphrastic engagement with Pablo Picasso's Blue Period paintings (1901-1904) . The storyline loops and spirals from city-symphony motifs to feverish carnivalesque activity to labyrinthine catacombs to ocean-crossings to No-place. There are echoes of the epic poem, but this story is not a hero’s quest: this katabasis journey consumes itself like a textual ouroboros.

You can read an excerpt published in TEXT here & in Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2017

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Portrait Poems

A collection that grows from itself, making fractal shoots from a beginning that doesn't know how to begin on a long walk away from away.

A poem from this collection-in-progress was highly commended in the Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Prize (2016), and another published in the Australian literary journal Southerly.

Shell of the Chambered Nautilus, image from http://goldenratiomyth.weebly.com 

Shell of the Chambered Nautilus, image from http://goldenratiomyth.weebly.com 

The PIcasso Experiment: How to write like painting

A scholarly monograph on signs, minds and creativity: how to write like painting; or, on biosemiosis, emergence, Night Science, sleuthing, abduction, synaptic gaps, mapping, the substance of time, blueness, utopias, ekphrasis. 

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Mouth poetics

The cell of my art becoming-mind as mouth, and mouth as ameoba / philosopoiesis, symbiosis, sympoiesis // a body of mouths.

Read my essay 'The Cell of my Art as an Amoeba' in Axon: Creative Explorations (2017).
 

Detail from the Voynich Manuscript, reproduced image from http://motherboard.vice.com

Detail from the Voynich Manuscript, reproduced image from http://motherboard.vice.com

Seagull 

An experimental travelogue with alien botanicals. Seagull opened Oyster and all of time began. 

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Mouthness, long poems, character poems, palimpsests, philosopoiesis, windows, walls, membranes, ekphrasis, utopias, amoebas, symbiosis, sympoiesis, memory and forgetting, water bodies, brain science, art writing, philosophies of time, slime, swamp writing