Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails
It features stories by the following people –
Colin Barrett (Ireland), Kevin Barry (Ireland), Madeleine D’Arcy (Ireland), Benjamin Arda Doty (USA), Alex Epstein (Israel), Emily Firetog (USA), Marcus Fleming (Ireland), Andrew Fox (Ireland), Grace French (Ireland), Radu Pavel Gheo (Romania), Julian Gough (Ireland), Charlotte Grimshaw (New Zealand), Christine Dwyer Hickey (Ireland), Brian Kirk (Ireland), Shih-Li Kow (Malaysia), Gerry McCullough (Northern Ireland), Dónal Moloney (Ireland), James Moynihan (Ireland), Goran Petrović (Serbia), Zakhar Prilepin (Russia) and Luke Woods (USA).
I have a story in there too – Some Facts About Sonora – so it is quite exciting to be sharing anthology space with the likes of so many excellent writers.
I was curious about the anthology’s title, but the two epigraphs to the book explain it. They are –
‘Then I began to speak of style, of the army of words, an army in which all kinds of weapons are on the move. No iron can enter the human heart so chillingly as a full stop placed at the right time.’
– Isaac Babel, from ‘Guy de Maupassant‘
‘The words of the philosophers are as sharp sticks,
their assembled proverbs as lasting as firmly driven nails.’
– Ecclesiastes, 12:11
This sets out the agenda or theme of the book. It seems to be about the process of working prose itself, though the stories themselves aren’t generally self-reflexive (as far as I can see).
The launch is next Wednesday at 7pm in The Workman’s Club, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 (beside The Clarence) and is open to anyone who is interested.
I will be reading my story alongside Kevin Barry and Madelaine D’Arcy.