Guest author: Frank Prem ~ A poet reads… — Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

The lovely Sue Vincent has been good enough to host a short reading (the first of two) as part of her guest author program on her Sue Vincent's Daily Echo blog. Thank you, Sue. Pop over to check it out. This reading features 3 poems from Small Town Kid. ~~~ No-one can read a poem … Continue reading Guest author: Frank Prem ~ A poet reads… — Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Video readings

Just a little advance notice. I'm hanging out to read to someone. It feels like ages since I had a chance to do that, so I'm planning to do some readings tonight. Maybe from the Pandemic poems and each of the Love Poetry books. Watch out for it. Any requests, let me know. This is … Continue reading Video readings

wishing a star (at four ay-em)

the starsat four ay-emare pinpointsagainst the dark butI crane my neckto watch them a slow driftof stellar cloudsailingthe cosmos indifferentto small livesand wonder buta wish uponisa wish upon no matter the likelihoodofa wish uponbeing noticedor attended and I wishedupon a shooting lightthat flashed byperipherally I turned my wantinto a small requestand nowI hold it close … Continue reading wishing a star (at four ay-em)

the facility #4: unless (for palliation)

it has takena while the old manand his sonhave developed a relationshipthat has certainunspokenrules the old manhas always been competentin areas where the sonhas not skilled work by handsand in general labouringare the old man’s skill set his sense of personal controland competencehas always beenvitalto him the son knowsto to stepacross thresholds break through boundaries … Continue reading the facility #4: unless (for palliation)

a social distancing (of money)

at the hardwarestore at the butchery there is black tapemarking out crosseson the floor they are placed a metreand a halfapart there is a signon the counterto declarethere is only roomfor three peopleat a timein this store responsiblesocial distancingat work at the bankas I steppeda pace forwardtoward the glass the tellermoved backone pace she gestured … Continue reading a social distancing (of money)

fourteen years (out of picture)

there is a weepingon the tv tonight a manclosing downhis lifeof the last fourteen years a businessbuilt from scratch he can’thold it togetheron cameraas he tells his anguishat having to let gohis staff his wonderful staff and swearinga vowto start over againwhen this virusthis disasteris gone day oneofyear oneofanother fourteen I’m sorryhe apologies to viewers … Continue reading fourteen years (out of picture)

an epoch (in a face mask)

not so long agowe used to argueabout womenwho covered up their faceseach time they left the house never showed themselvesin public some saidit shouldn’t be allowed some saidit was the sure signof a terroristhiding withina long skirt thenour summer of burning cameand smokefilled up all our air you couldn’t seea handheld in frontof your face … Continue reading an epoch (in a face mask)

karen’s story (as heard in the welfare line)

I was the last oneto be employed my third jobworking inhospitality but Iwas the first oneto get the call a quietsad wordfrom the manager first to goand nowall three jobsare gone I’ve got no moneybut the mortgageis duetomorrow so far I haven’t had a callto sayit’s likelyto be waived I don’t wantto cry about myselfI’m … Continue reading karen’s story (as heard in the welfare line)

Aquarius: Speculative fiction inspired by the Zodiac

Big shout out to colleagues and friends at the Australian Speculative Fiction (ASF) Group. The group have been very active in promoting and supporting Australian SF writers in a whole range of ways - a very dynamic group. Among their activities has been the creation of a series of anthologies, including a Zodiac inspired series. … Continue reading Aquarius: Speculative fiction inspired by the Zodiac

the future (is a child at play)

I was goingto writeabout shutdowns everythingconsidered non-essential but insteadas I contemplaterestrictionand the needfor life events long plannedto be cancelledI am distractedby thoughts of the pleasurethat can comewith company of how small childrenrepresent something unbridled life and joyeven amidst incidentaltears I was watchingtodaya young boya small girlat play surrounded by adultswho had moved mountainsto createa happy … Continue reading the future (is a child at play)