Hexagonal Variations on a Circular Thought was written over a few years, between 2014 & 2017 and combines earlier poems of a similar theme with newer work. Final editing was provided by Ashley Capes at Close-Up Books.
The poem explores the interplay between the passage of time and memory, a fight between Old Man (or Father) Time and the present as a product of memories; that is, time as either linear and/or irrelevant, and memory as being the interpretation of fragments either ‘factual’ or ‘fictional’.
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This poem was first published in Make Your Mark, Issue 7, March 2015
Subsequently published in The Frequency of God, Close-Up Books, December 2017
They destroyed all that you had,
& left you in the dark space that was left,
to whisper of madness.
You wrapped yourself in sheets of cellophane
that fell to the ground with each painful sound,
every time someone spoke your father’s name.
So you wrote poetry in a desperate metre,
drew faces of horror with blackened fingers
in the glass of a cruel mirror.
But the mirror was wiped clean,
and the poetry was put aside, classified
as the phase of a troubled teen.
And so to your 18th birthday when
you were supposed to do away with childish things.
You placed a candle in the fireplace
to warm your ashen face,
but never accepted that there was a place for everything,
& everything in its place.
Published in The Frequency of God, Close-Up Books, December 2017
Now that Christmas is over and a new year is upon us it’s time to maintain that resolution you made to read more poetry in Twenty18.
And to make keeping that resolution even easier two new retailers have been added to the list of stockists of my debut collection The Frequency of God.
Booktopia in Australia and Book Depository in the UK.
A full list of stockists is available by clicking HERE!
My first collection, The Frequency of God, is now available for sale through the following outlets…
Angus & Robertson
Barnes & Noble
Prices vary depending on retailer, Fishpond appears cheapest in Australia and is offering free postage, same with Barnes & Noble in the US and Abe Books in the UK.
I’ll keep you posted as other retailers come on board.