slow clap

in photographs of me
in the canals
my face eating the sunlight
I smile
because
it’s amazing
in my memory
and even now that
winter is heavy
upon us
I somehow forget
wanting to push
my fellow tourists
into the green
and simply get on with
taking comfort
from once, years ago now
once being so far out
of reach
and no longer
thinking of jackets
thick socks
or desperately
hot showers,
just the slow clap
of feet on dry stone.

venice

The Tintin 2015 Reading Challenge: The Crab with the Golden Claws

Next up in my Tintin Reading Challenge is The Crab with the Golden Claws. (Last time I read King Ottokar’s Sceptre). It’s been a while since I’ve posted on Tintin and, as before, I’m behind schedule so expect a few more Tintin posts close together soon :)

#9 – 1941

Another of my favourites – probably because it’s here that we first meet Haddock AND get treated to some of his fantastic strings of curses!

People familiar with the recent CGI film will see a lot of plot elements and scenes taken from the Crab, like the way Tintin meets Haddock and the use of the Karaboudjan, the sea plane escape and shootout, the crash and hallucinations in the desert etc

There’s also a fantastic little sequence where Haddock is screaming for revenge and the snap-zooms and rage on his face is priceless. More fantastic full-page images here too – this issue feels jam-packed with them, though it’s the underside of the sea-plane one that I liked the best.

Next up: The Shooting Star.

New Cover for Stepping Over Seasons

As I mentioned not long ago, the sad news around funding for the Arts in Australia right now has impacted a lot of great journals and presses, one of which being IP, who published Stepping Over Seasons for me.

Due to this, I’ve taken on SOS myself and wanted to share a mock-up for the new cover, hope you like it!

seasons-BW

Like my cover for The Fairy Wren and A Whisper of Leaves this was designed by the awesome Rebekah Haskell whose work can be found here at VividCovers. Stay tuned for a re-release date, hopefully late July.

Stepping Over Seasons – Reissue

Hi everyone – just a quick e-mail to let you know that with the sad news of IP being forced to reduce their publishing operations, my second poetry collection Stepping Over Seasons will now be reissued this year (late).

It’ll involve some minor updates and a few small ‘extras’ that I hope will be interesting! It’ll be available as paperback and ebook.

Stay tuned for more details and in the meantime, here’s one of the short ones from the collection:

 

slow moon

out of the night
a slow moon
drips onto the driveway

his cloud-hat
lost back there somewhere
drifting
in the black-pupil sky,
his beams like
sagging tent ropes
while far below, patches of frost
sparkle on leaves

and he’s too tired
to take them back.

 

 

old stone & between giants – print & ebook available now

Very pleased to announce that my latest poetry collection – a combination of two of my previous collections – is now available in print and ebook form from a variety of retailers :) bgandos(small) Click on the image for some samples of the poetry and see below for a list of some of the outlets. Signed copies will also be available from me directly toward the end of the month :)

Ginninderra Press – print

Angus & Robertson – ebookprint

Collins the Bookseller – ebook

Amazon – ebook print

Barnes & Noble – ebookprint