just out of sync
I get the right key
even the bricks sparkle
just out of sync
I get the right key
even the bricks sparkle
Very pleased to announce that my latest poetry collection – a combination of two of my previous collections – is now available in print and ebook form from a variety of retailers 🙂 Click on the image for some samples of the poetry and see below for a list of some of the outlets. Signed copies will also be available from me directly toward the end of the month 🙂
Ginninderra Press – print
Collins the Bookseller – ebook
Just a quick post to let you know that Ginninderra Press is soon releasing a combined edition of my last two collections between giants and old stone: haiku, senryu & haibun in both digital and print formats.
Right now you can actually pre-order the kindle version for under five dollars – there’s over 100 pages of poetry in there so it’s longer than my usual collections. I’m very excited about this one – here’s the new cover and stay tuned for a print release, which should be around the same time as the June release of the ebook.
For a little while now I’ve been working with Ginninderra Press on a new release – it’s a small collection for their new series ‘Pocket Poets’ – which features slender chapbooks comprising around 20 poems, with each title featuring a single poet. My entry to the series (#37) is called 7 Years and is something of a mini ‘selected works’.
For 7 Years I drew out a handful of poems from each of my preexisting collections and included a few uncollected pieces at the end too. It was enormous fun to put together! I love the idea of the Pocket Poets, it’s a great way to sample the work of a poet at an ace price and the neat ‘regular’ envelope size makes it so easy to ship!
Once again, I’d like to thank Stephen and also Brenda for being so fantastic to work with and putting together a great release!
7 Years (and a lot of other great pocket poet titles) is available for $4 via Paypal at the Ginninderra website or by contacting me right here 🙂
old stone: haiku, senryu & haibun is available now!
You can order a copy via paypal through my wonderful publisher, Ginninderra Press, or by contacting me directly for $20 posted (mountain0ash[at]gmail[dot]com).
Reflecting a moment, this one feels different because it’s a continuation of some of the travel themes I explored in my last collection, between giants, only in newer forms. Over the last few years, if you’ve been following the blog, you’ll have noticed that haiku, senryu and haibun have often made appearances here. What has attracted me to them as a writer is the different structures and the fight for each verse to not become overburdened – it’s an amazing challenge and I hope the results are satisfying to read!
In fact, if you’d like to sample the contents, you can read a few pieces on the book’s page and in a post mentioned below. There’s a Goodreads Giveaway closing soon – but for those of you not on Goodreads I thought I’d run a little comp right here on the blog.
It’s a little bit of a mix and match game – if you’re interested in winning a copy of old stone, all you have to do is leave your answer in the comments on the Old Stone Mix&Match post!
(Stay tuned for a late December online launch with music and performance too)
Between Giants by Ashley Capes, Ginninderra Press. 2012
To read Ashley Capes’ poetry is like standing on your veranda or in your lounge room, or anywhere for that matter, and simply finding the poetry that lies in the every day. In fact, Capes acknowledges this fact in stating he will ‘keep sucking poetry from small things” (‘a table set for thousands’), a statement that sets the tone for his latest offering Between Giants nicely.
This type of work is expertly balanced and a breath of fresh air amidst the countless collections of difficult and unnecessarily thesaurus-laden modern poetry. Capes has an impressive ability to reflect on the every day and make it so much more in his lines and sentiments, sourcing beauty and food for thought in even the most mundane of things, in a voice that feels genuine, assured and intelligent. As Jane Williams states on the back cover…
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Really happy to share a wonderful review of between giants from blogger and writer Aderyn Wood – it was a great thrill to read this as I really enjoyed the analysis. It’s like a gift, to see your own work through someone else’s eyes – so thank you Aderyn!
Here’s a snippet:
Over recent weeks I have picked up the book and opened to a random page. More often than not the poems have caused me to stop and think. They compel me to consider things I normally don’t ‘see’, or to simply appreciate a mood or a feeling. Shelley famously said that “poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.” For Between Giants the poetry is a mirror that prompts you to glean some meaning about the world, but I think every reader will see something different, and it’s not necessarily “beautiful”. Don’t get me wrong though, there is certainly beauty to appreciate in this work – particularly with the simplicity yet weight of meaning within the words.
between giants is launched!
To help me celebrate, each day this week I’ll be posting performances of work from the collection by myself, Robbie Coburn, Mark William Jackson, Jane Williams and Graham Nunn, in addition to giveaways, competitions and offers – where you can win a copy of between giants over at Goodreads – or if you’re a poet looking for some feedback, a critique on your work (details tbc).
I’m also offering deals on my back catalogue and free postage on between giants (in Australia) along with a few surprises, including an interview by A S Patric, so stay tuned!
between giants is published by Ginninderra Press and is available through paypal here or by contacting me directly in the comments below for $18 (postage paid in Aus). Here’s a part of a mini review by Mark and a short poem from inside.
Ashley Capes has come through again with another brilliant collection. Moving on from “Stepping Over Seasons”, this time Capes takes inspiration from further ports and knits them seamlessly with domestic visions, melding Italian scenes with Australian ordinariness, but I mean “ordinary” in that Capes, as I’ve written before’ has a remarkable ability to draw poetic beauty out of seemingly “ordinary” moments and objects. For example, in “Archaeological Moment” Capes writes of a simple penny “a penny has come thousands of miles / to hibernate in the dirt // it’s not worth much / but neither is it worth nothing”.
And the poem Mark quotes from, archaeological moment as featured in Best Australian Poems 2012:
a penny has come thousands of miles
to hibernate in the dirt
it’s not worth much
but neither is it worth nothing
once we clean it in a glass of coke
and the royal head has a nose again
we take it inside, though the first one
to tire of it reaches for the Sega
later on I don’t know which one of us
will take it to the front shed
where the Nissan lords it over dead flies
that gather in the window sill,
and hide the penny behind a landscape
mum and dad haven’t unpacked
years later when moving house
and neither one goes back for it
the penny can close its tiny eyes
to wait for a more archaeological moment.
Today I’m most happy to announce the launch of my latest poetry collection between giants, which will be hosted right here on the blog!
Long overdue, this launch is going to be a bit of a party (hence my fantastic hat below) with giveaways, poetry deals, interviews and performances from myself and other poets, to give you a chance to get a closer look at the new collection.
Everything kicks off on April 15th, hope you enjoy it!