Announcing the launch of The Negative Cutter, Patrick Chapman’s new collection of fiction, published by Arlen House. The launch is at 6 pm on December 12th at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin.
The Negative Cutter contains two novellas. Contrasting humour with darkness, this is a pair of utterly different but strangely complementary long stories.
The first tale, Anhedonia, is a bittersweet study of a relationship over several years, and its surprising resolution.
The second story, The Negative Cutter, takes a satirical and merciless look at conservative forces in contemporary Ireland through an alt-universe lens.
I am delighted to have two poems, Days and Tiberian, in the new issue of Burning Bush 2.
I’m one of the readers at an event in memory of Patricia Monaghan. It takes place at 7.30 p.m., Tuesday the 29th of January at the Irish Writers’ Centre. Details here.
Patricia was a fellow Salmon poet. She co-founded the Black Earth Institute, publishers of About Place Journal, in which my poem The Idlewild Rose appeared last year.
You can read about Patricia Monaghan here.
A great review of A Promiscuity of Spines at Eyewear – read it here.
The artist Machteld van Buren has created a series of collages to represent some of the countries in Europe. She asked poets – four Dutch, four Irish – to respond. I wrote a new poem, Mono in response to her Spain collage.
The collages can be seen at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon until February 1st when the show will end with a panel discussion and a talk from the artist.
I took part in the launch reading on January 12th, along with poets Frank Golden, Jo Slade, Peter van Lier and Jessie Lendennie of Salmon.
Salmon has produced an art-book featuring the poems and the collages. You can buy it at Salmon.
Find out more here.
Produced by Magic Bullet, Kaldor City is a series of audio plays that blend the world of Chris Boucher’s Doctor Who story “Robots of Death” with at least one character from Blake’s 7. I’ve written a review of “Kaldor City: Metafiction” for the current issue of Celestial Toyroom. The review is also available to read here.
I’m pleased to have a poem, ‘Ouse’, in the current issue of The Moth, out now. It’s an earlier version than the one in my new collection, “A Promiscuity of Spines”, and is quite different.
Fantastic review of my new book A Promiscuity of Spines: New & Selected Poems, and Michael S. Begnal’s Future Blues, in the Galway Advertiser today.
On Tuesday December 4th I was pleased to read at the LOQ event hosted in Sweeney’s pub, Dublin, by André K’Por. Fellow readers included Dimitra X, Fiona Bolger and Droppin’ the Act, comprising Dave Lordan and Karl Parkinson. A great night of poetry, hip-hop and songs.
I’m delighted to be the guest of Dimitra X at the Ash Wednesday series.
For an interview and a video of me reading a poem from ‘A Promiscuity of Spines’, click here.
Seamus Cashman has just edited a very fine issue of About Place Journal – with the theme ‘Peaks and Valleys’. I’m honoured to have a poem, ‘The Idlewild Rose’, included in it. You can read it all here. The poem also appears in my new book A Promiscuity of Spines: New and Selected Poems.
I’m pleased to have contributed to Behind the Sofa, a Doctor Who book in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Edited by Steve Berry, it’s out now – available at Amazon and all good bookshops.
Lovely afternoon on Saturday, reading at the Ash Sessions in Nick’s Coffee Co., Ranelagh, hosted by Dimitra X. A fine balance of music and poetry and coffee, and it didn’t rain.
This Thursday I’ll be a featured reader at Over the Edge in Galway City Library, from 6.30. The other featured readers are Aoibheann McCann and Cormac Culkeen. More details here.
There was a full house at the Irish Writers’ Centre on Thursday for the launch of my book A Promiscuity of Spines. Lovely to see so many friends there. Also being launched on the night was David McLoghlin’s first collection Waiting for St. Brendan. Both books can be purchased at the Salmon Poetry website, on Amazon or at a few good bookstores.
There’s a new interview with me on Friday, October 12th at 7 p.m. It’s on the Rhyme & Reason show hosted by Helen Dwyer, on Dublin South FM. I’ll be reading from and chatting about my new book, A Promiscuity of Spines, as well as picking some tunes. Tune in to Dublin South 93.9 FM or listen to the podcast later at Rhyme & Reason.
Thanks to Nuala Ní Chonchúir for hosting me at her blog today, where there’s a new interview to coincide with the publication of A Promiscuity of Spines. The book is officially out today, and I am officially delighted. You can read the interview here.
My New & Selected Poems, ‘A Promiscuity of Spines’, is now available to order from Salmon. It gathers poems from my five earlier collections, along with thirty new poems. Here’s the beautiful cover designed by Vaughan Oliver with photography by Marc Atkins.
I’ll be previewing some poems from my new collection at this reading for The Burning Bush II. Details here
A Promiscuity of Spines: New & Selected Poems is published on October 10th by Salmon Poetry and is now available to order here.
The book contains selections from my five previous collections, as well as thirty new poems. The great Vaughan Oliver designed and art-directed the cover.
You can read the title poem at Prairie Schooner.
From the publisher:
Patrick Chapman has one of the most distinctive and creative voices in poetry today. From his exciting debut, Jazztown (1991), to the Pushcart-Prize nominated title poem of The Darwin Vampires (2010), his work has followed its own imaginative path. Heartfelt yet adventurous, this is a daring poetry of ideas as well as emotion. Sometimes shocking, often moving, always interesting, A Promiscuity of Spines presents a generous selection from Chapman’s first five collections, along with thirty remarkable new poems.
Bamboo Dreams, the first Irish anthology of haiku, is edited by Anatoly Kudryavitsky and published by Doghouse. It will be launched on Tuesday September 25th at 6.30 p.m. I’m delighted to be included in this anthology and look forward to a great evening.
Poetry Ireland in association with Doghouse Books and the Irish Haiku Society presents the Launch of “Bamboo Dreams”, an Anthology of Haiku Poetry from Ireland edited by Anatoly Kudryavitsky. With musical accompaniment from Junshi Murakami (Celtic harp) and Philip Horan (shakuhachi flute). The contributors to the anthology will read on the night. The event will be launched by Jimmy Deenehan T.D., Minister for Arts. Venue: the Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephen’s Green West, Dublin 2. Time: 6.30pm. Admission free. Refreshments will be provided. Tel: 066 7137547 (RSVP only).
In advance of A Promiscuity of Spines: New & Selected Poems there is a new interview with me at Thereisnocavalry. I’m the first guest of a new, regular feature called The Boating Party. You can read it here
I’m one of the featured readers at this month’s Last Wednesday themed reading presented by Seven Towers at the Twisted Pepper in Dublin. The theme is “water”. Other readers include Richard Halperin, AnaMaria Crowe-Serrano, Karen O’Shea, Greg Castle, Ross Hattaway and Alma Brayden.
Congratulations to Windows Publications on a wonderful 20th Anniversary print anthology. The launch last night at the Irish Writers’ Centre was excellent. It was a privilege to read alongside Macdara Woods, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Philip Casey, and other great poets. My new poem ‘Giddy Andromeda’ features in the anthology. It’s in fine company.
A Promiscuity of Spines: New & Selected Poems is coming in October from Salmon Poetry. Now available to pre-order from Amazon here.
More details later. You can read the title poem at Prairie Schooner.
I am delighted to have four new poems in the spring ’12 issue of BlazeVOX, edited by the amazing Geoffrey Gatza. See the new issue here.
Sad news. One of my earliest literary heroes, Ray Bradbury, has passed away at the age of 91. Not only was he one of the finest writers of science fiction, he was also a fellow Salmon poet. He will be missed.
I am very pleased that my new poem Acheron will appear in Crannóg 30, due out in June. Available at good bookshops.
From my forthcoming collection, two new poems will appear this summer. ‘The Celluloid Angel’ will appear in Cyphers issue 73, out in May. And ‘The Voyager Mote’ will appear in the summer issue of The Stinging Fly, guest-edited by Dave Lordan. Both magazines deserve your support, and not just cos I’m in them.
Available to order now, Behind the Sofa is a collaborative Doctor Who book in aid of research into Alzheimer’s disease. Edited by Steve Berry, the book includes memories of the television show, Doctor Who, from over 100 celebrities. And me.
Take a look here.
Census 3 is out now from Seven Towers Press. It’s chock full of literary goodness. Including a couple of my new poems. Check it out here Updated: It turns out Census 3 has four of my new poems in it. A nice surprise.
Here is the title poem from my forthcoming New & Selected, due from Salmon this year. It’s called A Promiscuity of Spines, and you can read it at Prairie Schooner.
The Burning Bush 2 is the new incarnation of one of Ireland’s most interesting literary magazines. The original, print, edition appeared around the turn of the century, edited by Michael Begnal and Kevin Higgins. In this online BB2, Alan Jude Moore is the editor. I am pleased to have new work in the first issue. You can visit Burning Bush 2 here
Sad news. The great literary editor of the Irish Times, Caroline Walsh, has passed away. My condolences to her family.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of my first collection, Jazztown. There will be no special edition with new CGI.
Those talented folks in the Bee Loud Glade are back at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin again on Saturday, December 17th.
As well as lots of other poems set to music in their own inimitable style, they’ll be performing one of mine.
It’s a choral canon version of Loss Chant, which is a section from In Recess, the first poem I wrote for the book that became Breaking Hearts and Traffic Lights, back in 1994.
My poem ‘The Orphan’ is a finalist in the third annual Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry contest, and will appear in the Winter 2012 issue. The poem is from my next collection.
The Bee Loud Glade took its outstanding poetry cabaret to the Smock Alley Theatre for Halloween. Among the spooky verse and song, they performed my poem Planet Virgo Collage, now set to music by Roger Gregg and colleagues. A swell occasion. It’s just occurred to me that the poem’s initials make PVC. Probably appropriate, given the content. PVC, as it shall now be known forever, appears in Breaking Hearts and Traffic Lights.
Catch the Bee Loud Glade if you can. They’re ace.
On October 24th, four Salmon poets read at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden to celebrate three decades of Salmon. Hosted by Jessie Lendennie, Salmon’s founder and publisher, the evening was delightful, with a full house present to hear an excellent mix of voices. I read along with Kevin Simmonds, Paul Grattan and Stephen Murray.
I’m pleased to have contributed an article to a forthcoming Doctor Who book in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. My piece is a recollection of being scared by The Seeds of Doom, back in the Baker/Holmes/Hinchcliffe period.
From the site: “The idea is simple: to ask those in the public eye with a connection to or enthusiasm for Dr Who to each contribute a particular favourite memory they have of the series.”
You can visit the project here:
Timecoloured Place is a new exhibition, running from September 10th, at the Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin. It includes an art-book containing three of my new poems, plus JG Ballard’s first short story, Prima Belladonna – conversing with each other across more than five decades. Check it out here.
Since the publication of The Darwin Vampires last October, I’ve been writing some new poems. Some of them have appeared or will soon appear, in a number of publications, including The Raintown Review, the special Irish issue of Prairie Schooner, and the current issue of the Stinging Fly. All fine magazines I’m proud to be in. Go seek them out and maybe even subscribe.
In an evening that includes burlesque, singer-songwriters, comedians and of course the incomparable Ms Helena Mulkerns performing her cabaret numbers, I am reading for Cáca Milis’s Full Moon event at Pearse House, Dublin, on July 15th, 8 p.m.
Roger Gregg of Crazy Dog Audio Theatre (and Eddie in the audio H2G2) has put together a cabaret based around contemporary Irish poems, including some of mine. Roger and his performers will bring these poems to life on July 9th and 23rd at the Project Arts Centre.
On Monday, March 7th, Colm Keegan and presenter Sean Rocks discussed The Darwin Vampires on RTE Radio’s Arena. Colm Keegan read several poems from the collection. Listen here
Review: Books Ireland February 2011
Chapman’s writing credits range from poetry and fiction to radio and television scripts. He co-founded the Irish Literary Revival Website in 2006, which makes available out-of-print books by Irish authors. Perhaps he may be seen principally as a poet as this is his fifth collection. The first was in 1991 and the fourth in 2008. The title poem and others like ‘Saint Dracula’, ‘Oubliette’ and ‘Funeral Song’ give this collection a Gothic feel and some of the poems have a melancholy theme like the loss of childhood, death and unhappy love. Indeed the overall tone is one of sadness and anger. In many of the poems Chapman explores personal relationships but in others, like ‘Oubliette’, he addresses issues in the wider world. These poems lack the whimsy self-indulgence that is the hallmark of much modern poetry but they have a genuine emotional grip that can be disturbing.
On Sunday the 6th, I had the pleasure of reading at the Dublin Book Festival with Nessa O’Mahony, Anne Le Marquand Hartigan and Maurice Harmon at an event to celebrate Salmon and its works. The MC was the inimitable Jessie Lendennie of Salmon. Each of the four poets read to a packed room (well, archway) and it all seemed to go down very well indeed.
Between the 2nd and 6th of February, a group of Salmon Poets including me, attended the AWP conference in Washington. We signed, we read, we drank some excellent coffee. One of the highlights was the Salmon 30th Anniversary reading at the Pigment Art Studio where more Salmon Poets than you can shake a sestina at read from both their own collections, and the remarkable Salmon anthology, Dogs Singing. Offsite, I read with others for the Naugatuck River Review at an event hosted by editor Lori Desrosiers, at the Big Hunt restaurant in downtown DC. And got to introduce The Darwin Vampires to a wider world.
On Monday, January 3rd, several poets including me, gathered at Shakespeare & Co. for a reading to celebrate issue 8 of Chimera. It’s a bilingual issue in which three of my poems are featured, with translations by Helene Hiessler. Details here
The Anti-Room bloggers have chosen The Darwin Vampires as one of the books they liked in 2010. Details here.
There’s a new interview with me here at the Group 8 blog.