Friday, November 07, 2014

Writing update

I've just about finished the manuscript for a new book. My debut as a non-fiction author.

It's called Catch and Kill: The politics of power and will be published by the University of Queensland Press in 2015.

Looking forward, after that, to completing my third collection of poetry (fourth if you count a chapbook of poetic B-sides) and rewriting my third novel.


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Requiem

 

Perhaps those archetypes of immortality,
the beautiful doomed,
have a story to tell after all:

That there is only now.
No golden afternoon just gone.
No promise of a silver morning.
That they are not forever young,
suspended in telegenic animation,
but forever dead instead.
That, unless phrenology has moved on
from the so-called science of the mind
to yet another mismeasure of mankind,
the dead are beyond our vanities.

And that, if anything matters,
if anything does in the long, slow fuck of life—
a car crash in time lapse
where our family sedan slews off the shoulder of the highway,
  over and down,
         down and over
the embankment,
gathering turds of sod in its seams
as it gathers momentum towards a barbed-wire fence
fencing in a gouged creek and orchards burned grey
by salt—

If there is anything to be learned
from these revolutions,
these guttural exclamations,
as our bodies penetrate other bodies
—are perforated themselves—
as the concussion of our manmade capsules
colliding against the blunt trauma of earth continues
for a time less than we imagined,
for longer than we thought possible;

If there is anything to be learned, it is this.
What matters most is that
we love this life we are leaving
and are unafraid of the next.


Read at Federation Square as a part of the Gough Whitlam commemoration on November 5, 2014. 
First published in Magisterium, my second collection of poetry.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


New novel, new website


This blog will be going quiet for a while.

The reason for this hiatus is that, with my new novel, The Norseman's Song, coming out in March, I've launched a new website -- www.joeldeane.com

That site also has a new blog, The Norseman's Blog, which I'll be updating regularly.

You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

I'll be keeping an eye on this site, though, and can be contacted via email.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thursday, January 07, 2010

The next thing

Now that my poetry collection, Magisterium, has run its race with all the prizes and reviews, I'm working on getting a new book out for 2010.

This new book is a novel. It's title is The Norseman's Song. In Melbourne, The Age newspaper has been nice enough to flag it as a "promising" book for the year ahead (whatever that means).