MARK YOUNG

gamma ways

 

 

 

Pelican Dreaming

 

 

Later he would walk down to the lagoon

to look for the pelicans. They were

his touchstone, the way their

solid bodies gave substance to the

landscape, a centre to it. Only when

they found him would he return.

 

Mark Young

 

 

 

To blog

 

- Not a question but a necessary part of this day & age, especially for someone who lives at a distance from any centre of "cultural" activity & especially so for someone who works in a medium / style that, if a discussion group was convened for everyone within a 1500k radius of like-minded tendencies, I would be the only one present. It's a major part of my life, along with emails & ezines. The question is how often to blog, what to blog about.

 

 

- Characterising my blog

 

The ravings of a madman that occasionally make sense, try to be humourous & occasionally bring to the surface my longheld socialist beliefs.

 

 

- Safe place?

 

Never. But a place where friends meet on common ground, always.

 

- Forgetting visibilty

 

Never. But who gives a fuck anyway? Though I do keep a modicum of concealment about my personal life or, perhaps more particularly, about the person I share my life with. This is a small town........

 

 

- Many poems

 

Many, many poems. Primarily a poetry blog but one for blog poetry. I tend to try & keep my best for submission, but am surprised to discover - as I did with my last collection - just what a substantial body of work I have posted. Yes, I consider there's a difference between on- & offline publishing. I'm a great proponent for electronic work, contribute to print only when asked, but I like the feel & look of print, even though you can do more electronically. Hence the two variants for Otoliths, even though it's the same material.

 

 

- Feedback

 

Maybe not feedback but continuity of contact. The bulk of those I would call friends I have never met so the blog is a point of contact for a loose group of people who all keep in touch with what one another's doing.

 

 

- Blogosphere poetry

 

Lots of crap, lots of good stuff, lots of posturing, lost of academic wankers. The loose group that I mentioned earlier is almost entirely made up people to whom academia is anathema. Some brilliant poetic blogs around, though - kirsten kaschock, harry k stammer, ray craig, jean vengua's poetry blog are, for me, places where some of the best poetry going around today can be found.

 

 

 


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Adam FieledAlan Sondheim - Allen Bramhall - Andrew LundwallBob Grumman - Chris Murray - Dan WaberDeborah Humphreys - Geof Huth - Henry GouldJames Finnegan - Jean Vengua - Jeff Harrison Jill Jones - Mairéad Byrne - Mike Peverett - Nick Piombino - Pam BrownTom Beckett - Tom Murphy - Tom Orange

 

 
 

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