In the Weekly Dissident today, MPHUTLANE WA BOFELO talks to poet Gary Cummiskey, a self described “Dada-surrealist-madhouse screamer” who believes South Africa needs a stronger alternative culture.
MwB: Who is Gary Cummiskey and what is his philosophy of life?
GC: I am a poet, writer and publisher. I have had several chapbooks of poetry published over the past 20 years, the most recent being Romancing the Dead (Tearoom Books, Stockholm, 2010), Sky Dreaming (Graffiti Kolkata, Kolkata, 2012) and I Remain Indoors (Tearoom Books, Stockholm, 2013).
My debut collection of short stories, Off-ramp, was published in 2013. My poems have been translated into Bangla, French and Greek. I am currently the editor of the poetry journal New Coin, which is published by the Institute for the Study of English in Africa at Rhodes University...Read more here
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A revised and expanded edition of Who was Sinclair Beiles?, edited by Gary Cummiskey and Eva Kowalska. Available directly from the publisher for R160, including postage (South Africa).
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Off-ramp, Gary Cummiskey's debut collection of short fiction. Cost is R150, including postage, directly from the publisher.
The Secret Hour, Dye Hard Press, Johannesburg,1994 Lost in a World, Dye Hard Press, 1994 Conspiracies of the Interior, Dye Hard Press, 1994 Visitations, Dye Hard Press, 1995 River of Dreams, Dye Hard Press, 1995 City, Sun Belly Press, Johannesburg, 1995 When Apollinaire Died, Firfield Press, Cape Town, 1996 Head(with Roy Blumenthal), Dye Hard Press, 1998 Reigning Gloves, Dye Hard Press, 2000 Bog Docks, Dye Hard Press, 2005 April in the Moon-Sun, Dye Hard Press, 2006 Today is their Creator, Dye Hard Press, 2008 Who was Sinclair Beiles? (co-edited with Eva Kowalska), Dye Hard Press, 2009 and 2015 Romancing the Dead, Tearoom Books, Durban, 2009 Sky Dreaming, Graffiti Kolkata, India, 2011
I Remain Indoors, Tearoom Books, Stockholm, 2013
Off-ramp, Dye Hard Press, 2013
Don't Stop Until Incinerated, Tearoom Books, Stockholm, 2016
In Naked Field, Concrete Meat Press, Leicester, England, 2019
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