Pain and the Soul

I saw Seamus Heaney interviewed about his translation of Beowulf tonight on the BBC documentary about the ancient epic. He said the most beautiful thing, that Beowulf was born into life as an intelligence and shaped by pain into a soul. An idea I ┬ámust remember. Elsewhere.. Jetse de Vries gives some statistical feedback onContinue reading “Pain and the Soul”

Bye, Bye American Pie

My last full day in San Francisco and I have had a feast of American cuisine. Dunkin Donut, mid-morning Chinese tea and tiramisu cake thing, California sushi for lunch, cherry pie and extra thick milkshake for tea, deep dish Chicago pizza for dinner and a round of Earl Grey tea to finish. To paraphrase HomerContinue reading “Bye, Bye American Pie”

End of Days

My holiday in San Francisco is entering its final days. It feels like I have been here forever, so long that I’ve established a routine and the streets around Union Square now seem very familiar. I’ve had a lovely time seeing old friends from Clarion, and taken time out to read some and write more.Continue reading “End of Days”

Momentum in Art and Things magazine

My short story Momentum (first published in Electric Velocipede #13) appears with a wicked little illustration in the utterly trendy Art & Things magazine, issue 2. You can read the magazine in a beautiful online edition or pick it up at a variety of excellent retailers including Foyles, Borders and the Tate Modern. Read MomentumContinue reading “Momentum in Art and Things magazine”

Surprise Translation

I was nicely surprised to wake up this morning to find a wonderful translation of Im Abendrot in my inbox. I have posted before about this poem by Joseph von Eichendorff, which I discovered via the music of Richard Strauss. Teh generous spirited Richard Gardner found my ear;y post and has furnished me with aContinue reading “Surprise Translation”