My two new books were published earlier in the year and carry the titles The Keeper of Fish and Keeping Carter - but were written by Alan Fish and M A Carter, two heteronyms who took control of my head and insisted on a public text for their disembodied thoughts, ie: a collection of poems each. Closet poets closeted somewhere inside me. Now out of the closet in text if not in body. They are eccentric and very different. See my Blog entry for the latest news about Fish and Carter. These two books also complete the trilogy begun with Keepers.
A week or two before the Melbourne launch, The Keeper of Fish sold out. P&W had it re-printed just in time. Carter is catching up!
My previous book, Keepers, is a variation on the verse-novel, with a poem on each page and a prose narrative under it. It is both serious and mischievous, a study of the kind of Creative Arts institutions I taught in for 20 years. It is a chance to place portraits of actual artists alongside fictional ones, and in that way keep the creative gate open. It’s odd in the entertaining sense, but then there’s nothing odder than teaching the thinking and the making of art. Staff and students and artists all… are characters.
And ... after two re-printings in its original form, by Fremantle Press, The Well Mouth has just been re-published by Puncher & Wattmann - in a fresh design and in blue rather than those earthy bronzes. The back cover features quotes from reviews.
Finally, in the Books section of this site you can see what I have published and a brief account of how each currently available book of mine was developed. They are very different, so each genesis was a variation on the expected. One of the great pleasures of trying out original beginnings is finding the final form and the satisfaction (usually short-lived!) of holding a first copy of the book. There is also something about Why each book was begun, though that’s tricky territory…
There are six menu sections featuring books, poems, writings and musings, plus images - and even a video player (embedded in Shorts) to show off live links. I hope you enjoy the time spent.