Today the Tuesday Poem is Siobhan Harvey’s Cloudmother, from her new poetry collection, Cloudboy. I can’t say enough how much I admire Siobhan’s poetry and this collection in particular. Please check it out at the Tuesday Poem hub — as well as all the other poems this week brought to you by the TP collective.
And speaking of clouds, I’m sailing away from Bali today, where we’ve spent nearly five months — cloud-gazing in our anchorage as well as learning to negotiate crazy Balinese traffic. Transmission repair, followed by an engine rebuild, plus visits and other adventures. Bali is a beautiful island but more than resorts and sandy beaches. In fact, the trash problem is rather appalling, and we wonder in general how so much plastic can collect in one place. But the people, the food, the architecture, the history, the religious culture of Hinduism (which in Bali takes on its own personality and is one of the friendliest and happiest religions we’ve encountered) — all this made our stay very special indeed. Left is our dinghy dock in Serangan Harbour — not quite the way Bali is shown in brochures. But we did love it here and we got a lot done. We’ll arrive in Malaysia mid-month or so, so until then I leave you with news from June, which was a huge month for flash.
National Flash Fiction Day closed in NZ with the competition winners announced at three events in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. Judges Mary McCallum and Frankie McMillan appeared at the Tuesday Poem blog last week.
The June issue of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction includes 30 stories by a cast of characters, all inspired by the theme sugar. And art by Lilla Dent:
A new issue of Blue Five Notebook is the June 30 flash special, featuring the works of five editors I admire: Tara Masih, Mike Joyce, Elizabeth Welsh, Mary McCallum and Nate Tower. With art by Jessica Bell:
Also, the July issue of Awkword Paper Cut has just arrived, and among other things readers will find a look at the huge story project 2014: A Year in Stories. Since the project just reached its half-way point, we check in with the writers in a special column called The Story So Far, and offer a glimpse at how the sets of stories are progressing, one month at a time.
And finally, I’ve just finished judging the Northland Flash Fiction competition with Jac Jenkins, a poet and award-winning writer who also placed very high in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day comp (and 2013 and 2012 — she’s consistently that good). A prize-giving evening will take place Weds 2 July 5.30-7.00pm, Whangarei Central Library, and will include a round-table discussion with experienced practitioners Martin Porter, Piet Nieuwland and Karen Philips sharing their inside tips for how to write flash. If you are in Northland, check out this event and hear the winning stories. It was a strong batch of writing, and Jac and I enjoyed the task of reading and reviewing very much indeed.