writing projects // pursuits

Autoportrait Pablo Picasso, late-1901 [detail]

Autoportrait Pablo Picasso, late-1901 [detail]

harlequin bLue
 

A collection of narrative-linked prose poems, and a 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 consumes itself like a textual ouroboros.

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

Voynich Manuscript [page detail]

Voynich Manuscript [page detail]

Seagull 

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

 

Leda and Swan by Ty Wombly, 1962 [detail]

Leda and Swan by Ty Wombly, 1962 [detail]

The PIcasso Experiment: How to write like painting

A scholarly monograph, or collection of essays, on signs, minds and creativity, or how to write like painting; thinking with: biosemiosis, emergence, Night Science, sleuthing, Peirce's abduction, synaptic gaps, mapping, the substance of time, blueness, utopias, ekphrasis. Many of these chapters are, or will be, stand-alone essays, such as The Cell of my Art as an Amoeba (below). 
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Amoeba

Amoeba

The cell of my art: Mouths

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).
 

Monaro Tableland, NSW Australia

Monaro Tableland, NSW Australia

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 // This collection will draw on the UQ Fryer Library's Dorothy Hill Collection: see Fryer Library Fellowship 2018.

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.
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+ OTHER INTERESTS

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