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

 

  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 like fractal shoots, about cells, fossils and minds, on a long walk away from away through deep time and into imagined futures // This collection draws on the UQ Fryer Library's Dorothy Hill Collection for inspiration: 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