From Ida to Volyn

My poor projects. They mean the woirld to me but are prone to become terribly neglected, even at the point of release! From Volyn to Kherson and Ida: Searching for The Jazz Baby - new stock images - 28/11/2022 I've not said a lot about Ida: Searching for The Jazz Baby, and From Volyn to … Continue reading From Ida to Volyn

not bad but . . . (the same sun)

not bad but . . . (the same sun) - #Mugshots - 25/11/2022 none of usare bad norare wegood this isa hard worldtheseare our times and the mustsare mustsbutthe needs remain greed and lustand desirefor all the thingsbeneath the sunremain and more who am I? I am you lookinto my eyes I amanother time another … Continue reading not bad but . . . (the same sun)

A little mugshot trouble

Funny how things develop. I've had a post removed over on Instagram for breaching their community rules about inciting violence. One of the Mugshot poems seems to habve been a bit too blatant. On reflection, I can see that might well be the case, particularly as there is little context provided by me to place … Continue reading A little mugshot trouble

The Mugshot Project

Ruby Furlong mugshot, 1920 - 13/11/2022 The Mugshot Project I thought I should post a little information abouty the case of Ruby Furlong, whose image I used for a drawing and whose story I derived from records of newspaper reposts dating back to 1920. First, though, a little background to the project I find myself … Continue reading The Mugshot Project

Robbie’s Inspiration – Book review: War poetry, Sheep on the Somme: A World War I Picture and Poetry Book by Frank Prem

Thank you so much, Robbie Cheadle, for your review of SHeep On The SOmme. The images were simply inspirational and have had a lasting impact on me s a writer.

Sadly, we haven’t learned much in the last 105 years or so.

Robbie's inspiration

In honour of Remembrance Day, I am sharing my review of this incredible book of poetry by Frank Prem about WW1.

What Amazon says

In this Picture Poetry collection, journey with the AIF, the ANZACS and the German and French armies at war on the Western Front during the Great War of 1914 – 1918.

Have your photo taken in a studio in Cairo, and your heart broken on a small street in Ballarat.

The bombs are falling in an endless fusillade of artillery fire from both sides of the conflict, turning the Somme into a clagging stew of slurried mud and maddened men.

Frank Prem has taken images of men at war and created verse stories to accompany them and to tell you that this war is hell.

Welcome. Welcome to the Somme.

My review

I am endlessly fascinated by war books and war poetry, especially about WW1 which…

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drink with me (ruthie)

drink with me (ruthie) - 1920s mugshot - 09/11/2022 drink with mefriends cometake a drink the swinewill come shave yousoon enough drink with mewalkinga lifeon the streets singa loud songtothe road and drinkto the liceand the fleas andthe flies drinkto the stinkof each morning drinktill they comethenwe’ll sleepin clean beds but until thenlet’s drink upthis … Continue reading drink with me (ruthie)

From Volyn to Kherson – progress

The dreadful war in and for Ukraine goes on. It is stretching toward a year now and the devastation is beyond words, really. Emotional as well as physical. I look back at the early period of the war, when I was unable to let a day go by without writing something I had heard it … Continue reading From Volyn to Kherson – progress