A Poem From Ghérasim Luca

at the edge of a forest whose trees are slender ideas and each leaf a thought at bay the vegetal reveals to us the damned depths of an animal sect or more precisely an old insect anguish waking up as man the only way the only basic weapon to animate a mental state that I … Continue reading A Poem From Ghérasim Luca

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Free Union

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8436557741_6df1d30750_b[1] Elisa Breton

Full of startling and vivid imagery, Andre Breton’s 1931 poem Free Union is one of the finest examples of Surrealist poetry as well as a magnificent and powerful declaration of love. It was a major influence on the Beats, particularly Allen Ginsberg.

A free union is a romantic bond between two or more people without legal, civil or religious regulation.

Free Union

My wife whose hair is a brush fire
Whose thoughts are summer lightning
Whose waist is an hourglass
Whose waist is the waist of an otter caught in the teeth of a tiger
Whose mouth is a bright cockade with the fragrance of a star of the first magnitude
Whose teeth leave prints like the tracks of white mice over snow
Whose tongue is made out of amber and polished glass
Whose tongue is a stabbed wafer
The tongue of a doll with eyes that open…

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Leonora Carrington – Top 10 Facts

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We are the Makers of Maps

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In a sense, every human construction, whether mental or material, is a component in a landscape of fear because it exists in constant chaos.
-Yi fu Tuan ‘Landscapes of Fear’

So, after what seems like a forever of anxiety driven huhming and hahing I finally approved the proof copy of my chapbook We are the Makers of Maps which is, therefore, now available for sale on that there Amazon place. It’s a print only chapbook as, to be honest, there was no way that I could see to properly lay out some of the pieces contained within, especially the poem ‘An Autumn Note’.

The book contains five pieces. Two short stories, ‘The Downfall of the Good Worker Laura McTavish’ and ‘in these ways we remember’, as well as three compositions, ‘Maps’, ‘East’, and ‘An Autumn Note’.

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‘The Downfall of the Good Worker Laura McTavish’ looks at the relationship between the…

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Lord Dunsany (Edward Plunkett)

The King of Elfland's Daughter is my favourite so far, and it's probably the most famous of his books too. It's well known that Dunsany was a keen hunter and it's not so well known that I'm a keen vegetarian and animal lover, so I'm sure I receive The King of Elfland's Daughter (which contains a fair amount of hunting) quite differently to how he perhaps intended. Having said that, Dunsany was also an animal rights campaigner and was president of his local RSPCA branch, so he confuses me greatly! I guess it had something to do with the difference between animal and pet.

Mike Russell and his Surreal Stories

Mike Russell is the author of two short story collections; Nothing Is Strange and Strange Medicine. His work is surreal and often humorous, with some stories even being described as erotic, absurd or disturbing. Mike has been performing his stories in the South of England for over a decade, wearing his famous top hat with its seeing eye.

5 Books Set on Mars

Want to escape? Here are five books set on Mars. Bon voyage! Across the Zodiac: The Story of a Wrecked Record by Percy Greg - The book is notable as containing what is probably the first alien language in any work of fiction to be described with linguistic and grammatical terminology. It also contains what is … Continue reading 5 Books Set on Mars

Wise Words from Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. He is the man Martin Luther King called “An Apostle of peace and nonviolence.” His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily … Continue reading Wise Words from Thich Nhat Hanh