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December 9, 2011

Bits of pieces cropping up at the end of the year -I was very pleased to have two poems – Addressing the Weather and Honeycomb – accepted by Alba, a very good webjournal that specialises in short poems.

How wonderful is the new Kate Bush album? I mean to say I’ve been a fan since Hounds of Love but she’s still got this rare ability to innovate, surprise and delight decade after decade.

This has been the year for reading and re-reading – have discovered and re-discovered so many good books this year. Particularly loved the miniature silver-covered Penguin classics series – I just like miniature books. I have a phobia of collected works – give me the edit. It was nice to re-read some old favourites in this form – great stories like A Distant Episode, Children on Their Birthdays and La Grosse Fifi.

Was very pleased to see that my poem, The Lazarus Dream has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

Also a year of re-connecting with films after several years of feeling disaffected with going to the cinema, though having said that some of the best stuff I saw this year was watched at home. For some reason I’ve been pushing in a slightly gothic direction of late – all of the highlights are ghost/horror films – The Innocents, The Haunting and even the everso ridiculous Insidious (gas-mask seance hello) which for all its flaws has a little terror going on.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2011 1:55 pm

    You can’t beat a good Gothic thriller movie.
    Congrats on the Pushcart prize, that’s a great achievement!

  2. December 9, 2011 9:26 pm

    Hi Brigid, Thanks for that. Yes, Gothic stuff is great, especially at this time of year.

  3. December 10, 2011 11:49 pm

    Aw wow, congrats on the Pushcart nom! They are a huge deal in the US.

  4. December 11, 2011 6:32 pm

    Thanks Eimear – it’s nice to be nominated in any case – good for the old CV!

  5. Pete permalink
    December 11, 2011 9:25 pm

    Oh dear – thought I might have been in with a shout for the Pushcart but not with you around! Huge congrats!!

  6. December 11, 2011 9:53 pm

    Thanks Peter – congratulations to you on a brilliant year.

  7. December 12, 2011 10:46 pm

    Just saw the Puschart post. Well done, David. Talk soon

  8. December 12, 2011 10:53 pm

    Thanks Val, talk soon.

  9. Niamh permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:06 pm

    More great news David!! Well done you.

  10. December 13, 2011 1:15 pm

    Thanks Niamh, hope you’re well.

  11. December 13, 2011 1:47 pm

    Congratulations on the nomination, David!

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