Sunday 26 September 2010

Thursday 23 September 2010

Poetry as intervention: an interview with Alan Finlay


Alan Finlay lives in Johannesburg where he works as a writer, researcher and editor on issues of media freedoms and internet rights. His poems have appeared in various journals locally and abroad, and short selections of his poetry have been published by small presses. Over the years he has founded and edited a number of literary publications, including Bleksem and donga (with Paul Wessels). With Arja Salafranca he co-edited a collection of prose and poetry called glass jars among trees (Jacana, 2003). He was editor of New Coin poetry journal from 2003-2007. His latest collection of poems, pushing from the riverbank, is to be published by Dye Hard Press in October 2010.

To read the interview, click here

Sunday 19 September 2010

Spring 2010 issue of Incwadi

Check out the Spring 2010 issue of Incwadi, a South African online journal of poetry and photography. This issue of Incwadi includes poems by Robert Berold, Ingrid Andersen, Gary Cummiskey, Isabel Dixon, Gus Ferguson, Sarah Frost, Colleen Higgs, Aryan Kaganof, Aryan Salafranca, Kobus Moolman, Fiona Zerbst and many others.

Saturday 18 September 2010

Sunday 05 September 2010

(Un)veiling by Mandilakhe Yengo




A short film by Mandilakhe Yengo, starring Alude Mahali, and based on my poem 'Corner Cafe' from the collection, Today is their Creator. The film was premiered as part of South Africa's City Breath Festival of Video Performance and Poetry.

Saturday 04 September 2010

A daisy in the memory of a shark - Pete Winslow


A daisy in the memory of a shark is a collection of poems by little known US surrealist poet Pete Winslow, published by City Lights Books in 1973. Winslow was just 37 when he died the year before as a result of complications following surgery. He had published a handful of small collections since the early 1960s. There is very little information about Winslow on the internet.

Lines from some of the poems in A daisy in the memory of a shark read as follows:


I called the ocean by its first name
I became an eon but a billion years passed in an instant...


A strange wind carries children to the tops of buildings...


How may I become your clothes when you are so lovely nude
This is the problem of the moon
Whose solution is to disappear...


The invisible telephones of the wind are ringing...


I am famous for the beer which flows from my hair...


Morning stretched its layers of light so softly
That hundreds of night creatures caught unaware
Run about on the table while we have coffee...


I bid my life for the girl tasting of poppies...


The murmur of the city is the beginning of the earthquake...


Your eyelids close
And you inspect me with your alternate eyes...


My pillow over my face
Its hair turning my mind to feathers...


My portrait is ill today its hair is falling out...

Sinclair Beiles: The first poet in space by Heathcote Williams


“The poetry of Sinclair Beiles is distinguished and long distilled; its unexpected striking images bring a flash of surprised recognition. The poems open slowly in your mind, like Japanese paper flowers in water.”

William Burroughs

Despite Burroughs’ impressive recommendation Sinclair Beiles often fell asleep during his own poetry readings thanks to a hefty diet of prescription drugs which Sinclair would carry around in a large plastic bag and which were always placed beside him on-stage so as to be within easy reach. This was a pity since Sinclair’s poems, as Burroughs had attested, were worth listening to, once he could be aroused...Full text available as a PDF here
(This piece was first published in The Raconteur. Copyright: Heathcote Williams)

Friday 03 September 2010

Forthcoming publication from Dye Hard Press: pushing from the riverbank by Alan Finlay



ISBN: 978-0-620-48421-3

A new collection of 20 poems by one of South Africa's most innovative poets. 44 pages.

Publication scheduled for the end of October.
Price and availability to be confirmed.

Previous titles by Alan Finlay include Burning Aloes (Dye Hard Press, 1994) No Free Sleeping (with Vonani Bila and Donald Parenzee) (Botsotso, 1998) and The Red Laughter of Guns in Green Summer Rain (with Philip Zhuwao), published by Dye Hard Press in 2002. In 2003 he co-edited with Arja Salafranca glass jars among trees, an alternative anthology of poetry and prose, published by Jacana.

He founded and edited the literary publications Bleksem (1994) donga, with Paul Wessels (2000) and was editor of New Coin poetry journal from 2003 to 2007.