Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Adi Ulmansky

There has been a bit of a buzz on the internet about Tel Aviv based musician and singer/rapper Adi Ulmansky. Her mixtape is great - very diverse. It takes in rap, unusual vocal stylings, electronics and poppier stuff. Harsh and cute. I'll have to listen to the EP now.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Writer's Diary

This is the point where I’m really deciding what belongs in this MS and what doesn’t. I know that everything in the two key chapters Starlet (the Sue Lyon poems) and I Wear My Heart on My Sleeve (the kind of performance/emotional/new wave/kitsch poems) will stay but the rest seems like a moveable feast, though a lot of it will probably stay. It’s just that I keep coming up with further ideas or else want to do something similar yet different that feels more full length MS-like if you know what I mean.

There could almost be a chapbook offshoot of this Everyday Starlet thing but at the same time there's not actually enough I'm 100% behind to be a book so it's not there yet.

I'm also planning on reviving the story of Daisy and Louis which was a prose poem called Pink Fizzy Crush I did for Birds of Lace last year. It insinuated something vampiric but it wasn't really and the novella isn't likely to be vampire themed either. I'm combining it with this piece from the year before about a girl gang called The Nymphettes. The fact that it is not remotely poetry - it really is prose as opposed to conceptual stuff means it's a weird novella rather than part of Starlet. It's pretty different though I'm still mining some of the same stuff. My style and subjects don't change that much because I am the kind of writer that I am I guess. 

The idea is that I have a tumblr notebook for each project. Starlet here and the novella - whatever it ends up being called here. The aesthetic has changed quite a bit since I created the creepy and cute tumblr though so it will be about gathering together the new aesthetic for the project. Daisy is more Kitty Pryde than Wednesday Addams, though hopefully she will come into her own. The character Louis in the poem was this kind of stereotypical interesting, yet emotionally detached guy. There was also a girl called Marybelle which just sounds too vintage-y a name so that will change and others will join the story. It's not neccessarily highschool, but I do feel these are younger or young at heart characters.

Thursday, 17 July 2014


Kitten are my latest obsession. Kitty recently toured with them plus lead singer Chloe Chaidez is a pal of other fave Charli XCX if the tumblr evidence is anything to go by . . . The album is rad. Definitely recommended for those of you who like your pop new wavey and post punkish.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Nova Rockafeller - 1990s

The 1990s revival continues with Nova Rockafeller's 1990s video. It's pretty cute. The You Tube comments are basically an argument about who is really a child of the 1990s. Those born in the decade aren't really, I don't think. They are a younger generation. Those born in the 1980s like myself are the true children of the 1990s, but I think what the current generation are doing is super cute. There's just a difference.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

July Loves

The reissue of Kate Zambreno's Green Girl from Harper Perennial. I have been tweeting a lot of links to new interviews but here is one here. (with Lidia Yuknavitch - another fave of mine)

New Kitty - I love this song a lot and have listened to it a ridiculous number of times in the last fortnight - her music is just getting better with every release. This interview is great

Saturday, 28 June 2014

My internet feelings

I just re-read all my old blogposts dating back to December 2012 because it's a fun thing to do on a Saturday night?! I don't think that this blog is really a diary of my internet feelings though it could be cool if it was. A few key themes and interests and work on poetry etc projects do come through. I haven't written that much of depth on this blog in that time - I think private stuff tends to stay in notebooks or get channelled into my poetry projects or occassionally spills on tumblr etc. I've definitely written about a lot of favourite art, poetry, books and music though not anything near enough about everything I love. I would love to do more. I made some ridiculous statement about writing a novel. I'm not saying I wouldn't like to attempt one one day - it may even be my next project and of course it would be a sprawling, weird, hybrid novel of some kind. Definitely not a traditional one. For now I am a poet and I'm in a far better place in terms of completing my full length poetry project than I was this time last year. Life can have some lows, but I feel very happy to be enjoying all the things I get to enjoy and/or be a part of. The things that were challenging last year have all happened again this year but my attitude is far different. What place do blogs have in 2014? They definitely have one and I would like to do more with it but for now I'll have to settle for the scattershot approach which has characterized it for this period. Perhaps this post is the most honest thing I've written on it for a while even though it about nothing in particular. But it's kind of taking a step back and actually thinking about what I'm doing and saying hi to you reading this whilst I'm reading you
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Kate Durbin reads from E! Entertainment

I love this new video of Kate Durbin reading from E! Entertainment. She is a one woman pop culture poetry star acting out all these different characters.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Plant Life

Decided to go for something completely different for the final section of my poetry project - weird poems featuring a woman and plants/flowers. Glamorous nature poetry.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Doprah - Stranger People

Doprah are a Christchurch band who have been getting some attention in the USA. I love the kawaii dollhouse aesthetic of this video and the dark and dreamy song. Their EP is well worth a listen.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Mysteries Sold Out!!

The physical edition of The Mysteries of Laura sold out last week! Thanks so much to Gina Abelkop and Birds of Lace for publishing it and to everyone who read, bought and reviewed it. It means a lot. I'm going to add some sidebar links to the reviews shortly. A PDF version will soon be available on Birds of Lace. Meanwhile you can get a glimpse of ongoing inspirations for my new poetry project here.