Hexagonal Variations on a Circular Thought – the Process

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’.

To Your 18th Birthday

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

New Retailers Added

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!

The Frequency of God is Here

My first collection, The Frequency of God, is now available for sale through the following outlets…

AU

Amazon
Angus & Robertson
Fishpond

US

Amazon
Barnes & Noble

UK
Abe Books

 

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.

Sample Poems from The Frequency of God

Sample poems from Mark’s debut collection The Frequency of God have been posted on the Close-Up Books website.

Click here to have a read of The Frequency of God, Crack & To Your 18th Birthday.

The Frequency of God will be released in Mid-December through various outlets, more details and purchase links soon.

My First Poetry Collection to be Released Through Close-Up Books

I’m ecstatic to announce that my debut poetry collection, The Frequency of God, will soon be released through Close-Up Books.

The collection will contain a mix of work previously published in various journals, including Verity La., Rabbit, Popshot & Best Australian Poems, and unreleased work such as Hexagonal Variations on a Circular Thought and To Your 18th Birthday.

A massive thank you to my editor, Ashley Capes, for all his hard work over the last few months, cutting, shaping and ordering the poems, Rebekah at Vivid Covers for putting together a fantastic front and back, and of course my wife, Silvia for all the support, inspiration and taking the cover shot.

We’re hoping the collection will be available just before Christmas, so I’ll be competing with Stephen King and Salman Rushdie for your Christmas budget!