Links to my stories, books, collections, anthologies, and poetry.
In November, I posted a list of my award eligible stories for 2017. It always feels a bit strange, tooting my own horn like that, but it's been a great year for me as a writer, and sometimes a list is a nice way to reflect on that, no matter whether it's awards season or… Continue reading Writerly recap of October & November – stories published & sold, interviews & more
August, and especially September, seem to have gone by in a flash. September is always a bit of a muddle, with the kids going back to school and me trying to get the hang of their schedule and trying to get back into my own schedule of writing, writing, and reading (and then more writing).… Continue reading Writerly recap of August & September, 2017 – stories published & sold + bits & bobs
It's been a while since I released a poem into the wild, but right now, you can read 'Solstice Blót' in the brand new, horror-themed issue of the Canadian publication Polar Borealis Magazine. You can read the issue here (scroll down to issue 4 and click to see the magazine in PDF). It includes stories and… Continue reading Read my poem ‘Solstice Blót’ in the new issue of Polar Borealis Magazine
June and July have been very good to me: a lot of good things happened, after a spring when I occasionally felt like it was difficult to write, or at least difficult to know if the words I was stringing together were good words. It made me think of one of my favourite Stephen King… Continue reading Recap June / July – stories published, stories sold, reviews & more
Never (Always) Never again is not a statement of fact, no matter how many times we repeat it. As if we had never heard of Pol Pot, Srebernica, or Rwanda. As if we hadn’t stood on the shore and watched children drown in the Mediterranean. As if we hadn’t allowed them to suck water into… Continue reading Never (Always) – a poem
This Is The Truth This is the truth: we are not a single-minded monolith of coin-operated, automated, righteous action, not an army of caped crusaders painted in primary colours, not a force of nature cloaked in radiant light. But then neither are you. There is no invincible robotic overlord, no Sith, no Saviour. We are… Continue reading This Is The Truth (a poem)
It feels very strange to put together an awards eligibility post, but I decided at the beginning of the year to do everything I could to put my best foot forward as a writer... so, by golly, I am doing this too, no matter how awkward it makes me feel. My goal for this year… Continue reading 2016 award eligibility post (AKA: what am I even doing?)
October was another fun and busy month for me. Here's what happened: I spent a wonderful weekend at The Surrey International Writer's Festival. Read my conference recap here. It really was an amazing event, and I hope to be able to attend next year too. I learned a whole lot about writing from amazing people… Continue reading October recap – poetry & stories in the wild, a review, a new anthology, a conference
I'm featured on author Renee Scattergood's website right now (thank you so much, Renee!), talking about poetry, writing, and short stories: specifically my upcoming stories in anthologies by Inklings Press and The Mind's Eye Series! Find it here: Author Spotlight: Short Stories and Poetry Collections by Maria Haskins Also, check out Renee's books, like her Shadowstalker series!
I have three tattoos. A Tolkien-inspired one on my right upper arm, a turtle and sparrow on my back, and a very small fish on the left side of my rib-cage, just below the armpit. As with most people who get tattoos, each one of my tattoos has a story. The Tolkien tattoo is inspired by my… Continue reading Fish, book, ink – my first book & first tattoo
This poem is taken from Cuts, my collection of poetry published in 2015. It's available as an ebook and in paperback. Find it here. HAWK Every morning perched on the lamp post above the highway onramp she sees me: hawk. Eye cocked looking for that twitch of life in the grass for that smudge of death… Continue reading ‘Hawk’ – a poem from CUTS, for Poetry Month
My second post at author Robert Zimmermann’s website for Poetry Month is all about translation and poetry. I used one of my poems, ‘Bird-cloak’, to illustrate some of the challenges of translating poetry. Thanks so much to Robert for having me over. Check out his website for some fantastic posts on writing in general, and poetry in particular.
Maria Haskins is on the blog today for her second Poetry Month contribution! She’s sharing another poem from her collection ‘Cuts’. This time it’s a little bit different. Maria is sharing both the Swedish (original language the poem was written in) and English versions of a poem. If you remember last week’s post with the audio for S.M. Boyce’s poem A Life for Sale, I talked about how interpreting a poem can differ between reading text and listening to it. Another way a poem can change is through translation. In may ways this can be more drastic.
Before I start rambling on about this, I’ll hand the blogging reigns over to Maria. She’s more qualified to talk about translation than I am anyway. But this post has challenged me to read more work in translation, along with the original languages…even if I can’t speak them. At least I…
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I visit Robert Zimmermann’s website ‘A Life Among The Pages’ for Poetry Month, and of course I brought a poem!
See those two images up there? It wasn’t a mistake. Even during Poetry Month there’s room for Story Time Friday!
Like STF in general, I include poetry as the “story” part of the series title. Today, I have a poem from poet Maria Haskins to share. To go with that, Maria has been nice enough to share a bit of the story behind the poem, as well. I’m happy when I get to share a little bit of what goes on behind the piece itself, and this is no different.
You can also read up on the collection Maria’s poem came from after you’re done. And if you enjoy it, there’ll be another poem from this poet next week. It isn’t an STF post. It’s something even better! Don’t forget to come back for that one.
Now, I’ll hand the blog over to Maria, the real reason you’re here…
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Warsan Shire's poetry is beautifully sharp, and I love the way it cuts through the world she sees and feels. You might have seen some of her poetry online, like the amazing 'Home' which was widely shared online when the refugee crisis hit Europe: no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark you… Continue reading Poetry by Warsan Shire
Pär Lagerkvist is one of my favourite Swedish authors. His poetry is brilliant, and so is his prose. There's a sadness and longing in most of his writing: sometimes more of the longing, sometimes more of the sadness, but usually both of them tightly wound together. Lagerkvist often expresses the kind of direct, raw emotion that… Continue reading Two poems by Pär Lagerkvist
We lost one of our guinea pigs the other day. She fell asleep and left her sister behind. I was the grave digger. Good night, Clementine. Good night, Clementine Pull the wet earth over you, smooth the grass and mud out with tiny paws Shuffle in beneath the darkness, and hold onto that last, tired… Continue reading Good night, Clementine
Back in the stegosauraus-era when I studied Spanish in high-school (AKA 'gymnasiet' in Sweden), our teacher had us read Spanish poetry for part of the course. One of those poems has stuck with me ever since: even if my knowledge of the language has faded a bit with time, this poem is still there. It's… Continue reading A master-class in poetry & the rhythm of words
I wrote this poem after one of my friends died last year, another victim of cancer. This week, for many reasons, the words and the feelings I had then are haunting me again. PAIN IN PROGRESS/MY FRIEND IS DEAD All the lamps are lit in every window. I feel the warmth beneath my own hands… Continue reading Pain in progress (again)
The Goodreads giveaway for my collection of poetry 'Cuts & Collected Poems 1989-2015' is over. 655 people (whoa!) entered for a chance to win one of three paperback copies: thank you so much to everyone who put their name in the Goodreads hat! I have the addresses of the winners in my hot little hands right… Continue reading Goodreads giveaway complete: thank you to all who entered!
2015 was a momentous year for me. I first started out as a published writer in the dinosaur-age known as 'the 1980s', and plodded along rather nicely for a decade or so after that. Then, things happened (as things seem to do in life), and for a long time I wasn't sure I would ever… Continue reading My 2015 in the rear-view mirror
I've been playing around with my poems, trying to present them visually online and this is my first attempt. The poems are 'Sparrow' and 'Peek' from my new book. 'Sparrow' is inspired by and dedicated to my daughter, and 'Peek' is inspired by and dedicated to my son. These two human beings are really the deepest inspiration… Continue reading Two poems, two heartbeats
Enter to win one of three copies of 'Cuts & Collected Poems 1989-2015' at Goodreads! To celebrate the upcoming holidays, and the fact that I have a brand new book of poetry out (yay!), I am giving away three paperback copies of my new collection of poetry 'Cuts & Collected Poems 1989-2015'. You can enter… Continue reading A giveaway – enter to win a copy of my new book!
Finally got my author copies of 'Cuts & Collected Poems 1989-2015'! It's a great feeling to hold your own words in your hands! The book is available in paperback via Amazon and CreateSpace! All the links and details to the ebook edition and paperback edition are in my Shop.
You can read a brand new interview with me at poet and writer Ben Ditmars' website, talking about poetry, writing, and getting into fights with Shakespeare! Ben also reviewed 'Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 - 2015' recently, and gave it a 5-star review: needless to say, I'm thrilled and grateful for all his kind words.… Continue reading New interview & review at Ben Ditmars’ website
What is the Beautiful? by Kenneth Patchen The narrowing line. Walking on the burning ground. The ledges of stone. Owlfish wading near the horizon. Unrest in the outer districts. Pause. And begin again. Needles through the eye. Bodies cracked open like nuts. Must have a place. Dog has a place. Pause. And begin again. Tents… Continue reading “Pause. And begin again.”
My new collection of poetry, 'Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 - 2015' was released yesterday, and I'm still getting a buzz from that. It's so exciting to finally have this book live, and available to the world at large: you can find it in paperback at Amazon and CreateSpace, and in ebook format at Amazon,… Continue reading My new release & some writing news
My new collection of poetry 'Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 - 2015' is out today: it's available as an ebook and in paperback. (shop for it here.) This book has been a work in progress for some time, and I wasn't always sure I would publish it at all. It contains four different collections of poetry -… Continue reading Insides & outsides – introducing my new poetry collection ‘Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 – 2015’
My hands are shaking, like they always do after I submit my writing to "the real world". This time, it's because I just approved the proof for my new collection of poetry at CreateSpace, and the book is now available in paperback from CreateSpace's web-store. It should be available in paperback at Amazon in a… Continue reading ‘Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 – 2015’ is now available in paperback
AT HOME (A HORROR STORY) Is the child asleep? Yes, the child is asleep. Sleep, child! Tonight we’ll have fun, laugh! We will sing a lullaby to the child, we will heat blood and rub skin warm, too. Outside there is night and the large bellies of wild beasts and saliva dripping and no silent… Continue reading Poetry in translation – ‘At home (a horror story)’