Patreon Launch!

Hi everyone!

This week I’m launching a Patreon page – for folks who’re not familiar with Patreon, here’s a link a short vid explaining it, but in even shorter form: it’s a way for fans to ensure creators can make more stuff!

I’ve launched my page in order to expand my miniature publishing empire by creating audio books and graphic novels, in addition to more great fiction & poetry in ebook and print formats during 2018. I’m pretty excited about this and can’t wait to get started!

If you pledge you’ll get early access to new releases, along with exclusive updates, previews, images, videos, fiction and Patreon-only giveaways too ๐Ÿ™‚

So far I’ve shared a super-early cover reveal for Never #6 and will be sharing some more from The Last Sea God and a Q&A video soon too.

Check it out right here ๐Ÿ™‚

‘Magpie Tales’ by SB Wright + ‘The Frequency of God’ by Mark William Jackson

Close-Up Books is very proud to announce the release of two new poetry collections by Australian Poets Mark William Jackson and SB Wright ๐Ÿ™‚

Working with both Sean and Mark has been really rewarding for us; to get so close to the works within has been pretty exciting and so we’re thrilled to release two great collections into the world today!ย  It’s been a busy few months for everyone in the lead up to publication and we’d like to thank both Mark and Sean for working so hard.

Please visit the Close-Up Books website to read and hear sample poems from both collections and see what we’ve enjoyed so much about The Frequency of God and Magpie Tales!

Ashley & Brooke

 

 

 

In Magpie Tales Australian poet SB Wright reveals a keen eye for capturing both people and places, his deft imagery transports the reader effortlessly from rural Australia and beyond. The pieces within explore a changing inner landscape too, where the contested terrain of small town identities and national issues are played out in clear, lyrical verse.

Sample the collection here

 

 

 

In The Frequency of God, Australian poet Mark William Jackson is by turns reflective and rallying, as he explores closeness and distance, love and change, and perfectly articulates the hostile coopting of social space by technology.

Sample the collection here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Poetry Releases + Exciting News

Hi everyone, sharing some poetry news today!

First up: the previously announced reissue of my 2009 collection Stepping Over Seasons, which has been expanded, is finally available as both print and ebook.

Second, I’ve also compiled a ‘least worst of’ (2006:2016) which draws from all my collections and hopefully presents some highlights along with stuff that I was keen to include. While (at the moment) 2006:2016ย  is only available as a print edition, both it and the new SOS feature previously uncollected/unpublished work too (SOS also includes a short author’s note on the selection process etc).

(SOS cover by Vivid Covers)

 

Both books are available at most retailers, like Amazonย  ย  B&Nย ย ย  Fishpondย ย ย  Angus & Robertson Bookworldย ย ย  Book Depository etc if you wanted to check them out ๐Ÿ™‚

 

AND now onto the big news! Close-Up Books will soon be publishing two new poetry collections ๐Ÿ™‚

We’re very proud to be releasing Magpie Tales by SB Wright and The Frequency of God by Mark William Jackson! Both collections are due to launch officially this Thursday (but you might be able to find some retailers selling it early) so stay tuned for more info, including samples and purchase links ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

VI – Review

Here’s a couple of reviews for VI, very happy that folks have noticed the more personal elements to this one ๐Ÿ™‚

SB Wright’s Review of VI

No, when I say more personal, it’s not that Capes hasn’t written in detail about his life, travels and growing up in a setting that I can deeply relate to, it’s that VI seems to let the reader in much closer.

Ulla on Goodreads

Again we find poems about reminiscences to the Italy trip in 2011, which show great longing to go back there, e.g. slow clap, each pale song or mercy, especially the last one appealed to me at once.

 

Thanks to both Sean and Ulla for taking the time to review VI ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

VI on Sale for 99c / $10

Just a quick note to say that my final poetry collection VI is on sale for the first time since it’s release – the ebook is 99c across various retailers and I have a few print copies left, which I’m selling for $10 posted ๐Ÿ™‚

(click the image to choose your preferred retailer)

 

And you can contact me via e-mail to order a print copy ๐Ÿ™‚ ย [ ย  ย  mountain0ash[at]gmail[dot]com ย  ย ]

 

You can also sample some of the poems here:

four poems
each pale song
into a tin can

 

more VI

vi-6by9

 

Here’s another poem from the collection, hope you enjoy it – you can sample more from this post (which also has purchase links if you’re enjoying the poetry a lot :D).

 

into a tin can

a home
in the silks of grass
with fresh tar
on estate roads
too new
to have had
even a single innings
played upon them

streetlights go snapping on
and Iโ€™m still trailing
Goliathโ€™s finger
across a map of Europe

we say to one another
weโ€™ll just work harder
but thereโ€™s
such slow terror in staying put

I peel another banana
and kick off the same
sequence
of tin-can surprises

I donโ€™t want to leave the house
anymore

and when it rains
no-one can collect a single drop,
everything
scrambles in gutters
and when they cross the fields,
even rainbows
tangle
in barbed wire

 

 

 

 

VI – Out Now (early release) :)

vi-6by9

 

Hi everyone!

Today I’m happy to finally send VI out into the world ๐Ÿ™‚

This one feels a bit bittersweet actually, seeing as right now, it seems that VI is going to be my last* collection of poetry, so I hope folks find poems within the covers to enjoy and also poems that will hold them over until something changes for me.

 

Long-term readers might see perhaps a bitter note running through the collection but I’m sure that there are some uplifting moments in there too ๐Ÿ™‚

If you missed my previous posts about this book, you can sample some of the collection right here at the blog – here’s four poems, along with each pale song and one more to give you an idea of what’s inside with stage show yellow.

Ashley

 

*That’s a little dramatic, I guess. It’s probably more accurate to say that I don’t know when I’ll be releasing any more free verse. Haiku might pop up again one day, but there’s no real plans for either in the future.

 

 

Here’s some links I’ve cobbled together if you’d like to grab a copy:

Links Galore!
~ Paperback Edition ~

 

Fishpond

Amazon – US

Amazon – UK

B&N

Angus & Robertson

 

~ eBook Edition ~

 

Amazon – AU

Amazon – US

Amazon – UK

B&N

Kobo