**Look, it’s Tuesday now (cue Afghan Whigs song) but let’s just pretend it’s Sunday. I did start this on Sunday, but ran out of road. The days a blurring anyway, so go with it, yeah***
Short and sweet this week. I don’t want you to spend anymore time than you have to here. Not when you could be over at Iamb. I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s the brainchild of Mark Antony Owen – you can follow him on the Twitters, and I very much suggest you read his Subruria work. Mark is a brilliant poet and I owe him a big debt for advice he gave me about 6 years ago. Yes, it took me three more to start following it, but let’s focus on him for now.
He’s also a relentless promoter and supporter of other writers. And as such he has created Iamb. I’ve put this here before, but it warrants repetition. This is the “lift pitch” for Iamb.
“They say the sincerest form of flattery is imitation. Let’s hope, then, that those behind The Poetry Archive – this project’s inspiration – are flattered, sincerely, by what we’re building here: a place for more poetic voices to be heard … literally.
Part directory of poets, part quarterly journal, ‘iamb’ is where
established and emerging talents are showcased side by side. Not just their words but their readings of them, too. Expect 60 new poems, every three months, free to your device of choice.“
So far there are 40 poets for you to read (at your leisure, I’m not that demanding).
You would do yourself no harm and do the poets a great service by starting at the beginning. If you don’t want to read them, there’s links to Soundcloud where we all read our own work.
Go on, get out of here. Go to Iamb. Read them. I’m in Wave two, squeezed between Maggie Smith (She of Good Bones and much more fame) and Matthew M C Smith (he of Black Bough and much more fame). Me, of me and cock all else fame…
THE WEEK IN STATS
23.2k running – The .2 is important. Not a bad week, a 13k today (It’s SUNDAY, remember!!) helped. Still a bit of faking it to make it without the motivation of a race, etc, and the lethargy is hard to shake off, but I’m enjoying it again. Getting out to do Couch to 5K with Flo also helps.
2 birthdays. Mine. And Matthew Stewart’s. I got him a walk outside. Took a lot of negotiation with the Spanish Government. And fair enough, it had to apply to the rest of the population, but not bad as a gift. Tricky to wrap.
1 podcast recorded – Grandbag’s Funeral Ep3. We talked about Richard Stanley’s Hardware, Colour Out of Space, Val Kilmer and The Island of Doctor Moreau and Top Secret. Among other things. And yes, the world does need another podcast.
1 Poem worked on. – Currently called Tea Break or Work Experience…Not sure yet
7 Billion Hangouts for work
0 rejections – Woohoo, but also I wish the outstanding subs would hurry the fuck up and make a decision
Over 179 days now for submissions being out with Tangerine, North and Lonely Crowd. I should count from the window closing and I’m not complaining (much) about waiting, but I’d love to just know one way or the other.
1 day without cigarettes. Fits and starts, yeah!!
1 more week that I’m not having an affair with Eva Green
- Lift Pitch
- At The tenth hour, fifty nine minutes and fifty nine seconds.
- Ket Wig & The Angry Inch
- Ket Wig
READ, SEEN, ETC
New Running Trainers – Brooks
Sarah Corbett – Other Beasts, The Witch Bag, The perfect Mirror
Eavan Boland- Collected Poems
Jens Lekman – Oh you’re So Silent Jens
Laura Veirs – Riptide CD single
KENDRA AMALIE/RYLEY WALKER “Papaya In A Hound’s Tooth
Half Man Half Biscuit T Shirt
Three Hounds Beer order
Christopher James – Farewell To The Earth
Jo Youngs – Firing Pins
Gail McConnell – Fothermather
Paul Farley – The Mizzy (Roy Marshall’s review here is excellent)
Color out of space
Spooks – S4 E1-2
WestWorld S3 – E2-7
Can You Ever Forgive Me
Howard The Duck
Still going back through old albums…via iTunes to avoid killing the wifi while streaming.
AC Newman – The Slow Wonder
The Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen
Alessi’s Ark – Time Travel
All Natural Lemon and Lime Flavors – ST
Ride – Tarantula
Pixies – Beneath The Eyrie
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Matt Sweeney – Superwolf
VA – Soul Jazz Records Presents…Congo Revolution
Dinosaur Jr – Hand It Over
Brandi Carlille – ST
Mamas & Papas- Deliver
Sleater Kinney – Dig Me Out
The Cult – Sonic Temple
The Flaming Lips – The Terror
The Four Tops – Main Street People
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
Gallon Drunk – Black milk
Girls Against Boys – Venus Luxury No.1 Baby (thanks Ben Banyard for the reminder)
Givers – In Light
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – ST
Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Clippety Clop
Hop Along – Painted Shut
Horse Thief – Trials & truths
Houndstooth – No News From Home
Ian Ball _ Who Goes There
VA – I Lost You In My Mind: Garage Greats 1965-1967
I Was A Cub Scout – I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope
Ian McCulloch – Mysterio
Velvet Underground – Loaded
Tycho – Awake
TracyAnne & Danny – ST
Tortoise – The Catastrophist
The Sun Days – ST (NOT THE SUNDAYS…OH WHEN WILL THEY REUNITE TO SAVE US ALL?)
Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
Cowboy Junkies – In A time Before Llamas
Collapse Into Now
Fables of The Reconstruction
P.I.L. – Flowers of Romance
Postcode – Zebracore
Prefab Sprout – Swoon
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Paley & Francis – ST
Our Girl – Stranger Today
One Thousand Violins – Hey Man That’s Beautiful
A Northern Chorus – Bitter Hands Resign
Natalie Prass – the Future and the Past
Not a podcast, but Happenstance launch on Zoom
and of course, The Archers…(When will they mention Covid 19???). I note there will be no Archers throughout May…