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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Astronaut’s-Eye View of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Re-entry


Essays on the New Poetics
eds. David Vichnar & Olga Pek

ISBN 978-80-7308-526-1 (paperback). 208pp
Publication date: December 2014

Within our global-local environment there reverberates a polyphony of realities
that are inter-actual, intersecting, constantly contested, and always in the process
of assuming new forms, forming new hybrids, taking new plunges in transversal
directions. The essays collected in the present volume have been written in and
between London, Paris, Berlin and Prague and first appeared in the arts and poetics
magazine VLAK. As such, the essays position themselves “in between”–internationally,
interculturally, and intertextually–in order to map the terrain of an emergent poetics.
Contributors include: Guillermo Suarez Ara, Matthew Hall, Louis Armand, Jeroen
Nieuwland, David Vichnar & Olga Pek.

Cyberology & the Joycean “Tyrondynamon Machine”
by Louis Armand

ISBN 978-80-7308-539-1 (paperback) 256pp
Publication date: December 2014

It is an intriguing feature of cybernetics, cognitive science, psychoanalysis,
critical theory & particle physics that at key moments in their recent evolution
their major practitioners have turned to the work of one particular “experimentalist”
writer, James Joyce, in whose key works — Ulysses & Finnegans Wake — they
have sought an articulation of the emergent virtuo-real universe which since the
mid-20th century we have increasingly come to inhabit. From these two books
have directly been drawn the name for the fundamental constituent of the nucleon
(Murray Gell-Mann’s quark), a new model of cognition (Daniel Dennett’s Joycean
machine), a radical cybernetic conception of language (Jacques Derrida’s
Joyceware), a psycho-analytical paradigm (Jacques Lacan’s sinthome), & the
foundations of post-War media theory (Marshall McLuhan’s Gutenberg Galaxy,
originally called The Road to Finnegans Wake).This volume examines a series of
counter arguments to the conventional account of literary cybernetics in light of
developments which have accompanied the encounter between critical theory
and cultural studies, namely ‘hypertextuality’ and ‘posthumanism.’ In each instance,
the continuing legacy of Joyce’s works is examined in detail.

Friday, December 19, 2014

'A Visit from St Nicholas' by Clement Clark Moore

The best-known Christmas poem of all, better known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, was first published anonymously, but was the work of the American poet Clement Clark Moore (1779-1863):

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Starting to Write Poems: Online Course

Writers Centre Norwich and the University of East Anglia have teamed up to offer a suite of creative writing courses. 
Led by writers with excellent records in teaching, the UEA-WCN Creative Writing Programme offers courses in both poetry and prose fiction and caters for beginners as well as for those who are more advanced. Benefit from the expertise of the UEA's creative writing department and learn online from anywhere, at any time.
This 12-week course, run by poet Helen Ivory will help you get to grips with key elements of writing poetry – learning how to explore the power of language and as a result, begin to develop your own voice. 
You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course. Runs 20 April-6 July 2015; course fee is £450. 
For details, click here.

About Starting to Write Poems - Online                              w/c 20th April - w/c 6 July 2015

Led by Bloodaxe-published poet Helen Ivory, this 12-week course will help you get to grips with key elements of writing poetry, from imagery and metaphor to how the poem looks on the page and sounds to the ear. You’ll learn how to explore the power of language and as a result, begin to develop your own voice.

Helen, who has over 15 years teaching experience, will give you one-to-one feedback throughout the course and you’ll be encouraged to share your learning and ideas with fellow classmates via the online discussion forum.  By working on set exercises and completing assignments, you’ll gain a basic understanding of poetic form and feel confident about writing poetry. Your efforts will be rewarded with a Certificate of Completion from the University of East Anglia.*

*This course is not formally accredited however it is equivalent to an undergraduate Year One Creative Writing module.

Read the full course outline: Word / PDF.

Andrew Burke early website

Please turn graphics on!

My early website, composed and maintained by my eldest son Miles Burke some twenty years ago is now archived by Pandora at the address below. 
Lots of mid career poems and stale bio, etcetera.

John Kinsella published this title in 1996 as a FOLIO/SALT book. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

larf (at myself)


With Ed Markowski’s holiday poem we conclude tinywords issue 14.2. And OPEN our next reading period for tinywords 15.1. Thanks all for visiting. Now’s your chance to add a tiny poem of your own into the mix.
From December 11th, 2014 until January 15, 2015 we will be accepting submissions for our next issue that we expect to present in February 2015. So, go to our submissions page where you can send us up to five poems for consideration. There you will find more detailed guidelines. We look forward to reading your work.
No themes for this issue — just thoughtful words that make a small difference in the world. A worthy task. But that’s what poems are for.
With thanks,

Kathe L. Palka
Peter Newton
Editors, tinywords

Tuesday, December 16, 2014



Summer is here, and so is the December issue of Meanjin. In the new issue, Ashlynne McGhee finds hope in a new generation of young journalists, James Douglas looks at George RR Martin’s distinctive gift for narrative acrobatics, Katherine Hattam exhibits a series of works about the forgotten places in our cities, plus we present a host of new fiction, memoir, essay and poetry.
Meanjin relies on our passionate community of readers to support us, as well as generations of Australian writers. Now we want to know more about you, our readers: who you are and what you care about. If you haven't already, please take our 10-minute audience survey and enter into the draw to win an iPad Mini or a holiday book pack from MUP.
And in even bigger news, Meanjin is looking for a new editor to take over from our current editor Zora Sanders, who will be returning to study in 2015 (read more about it on Bookseller + Publisher). And while we are sad to see Zora go, it's always exciting to welcome a new person into our small team. Know the perfect candidate for the job? Find more information and a full position description here.
You can give the gift of Australian literature this Christmas with a Meanjin gift subscription, and for the many of you whose subscriptions end with the last issue of the year, don't forget to resubscribe. Subscribe to Meanjin.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ron Pretty Poetry Prize 2014 - New Deadline

First Prize: $5000

Judge: Ron Pretty

Closing Date: 15 December 2014

The prize is named in honour of the distinguished Australian poet Ron Pretty, who founded Five Islands Press in 1986. As head of Five Islands Press, Ron published over 230 books of poetry by Australian poets, before retiring in 2007. Since this time, FIP has maintained its commitment to publishing fine Australian poetry, including the work of emerging and established poets.
Ron’s inexhaustible energy and creative vigour have been devoted to poetry for more than 40 years. He won the NSW Premier’s Special Prize for services to literature in 2001 and received an AM for services to Australian literature in 2002. He has published eight collections, and four chapbooks, of his own poetry; most recently, What the Afternoon Knows (Pitt Street Poetry, 2013).
The prize will be awarded to a single poem of up to 30 lines, and is open to anyone over the age of 18 years, including overseas applicants.
Entry fee is $20 for the first poem and $10 for subsequent poems. Multiple entries are permitted. Online submissions only.
A shortlist of four poems will be posted on the FIP website on 1 February 2015 and the winner will be announced on 6 March 2015.
For conditions of entry, click here.