When it was announced that 2012 was the National Year of Reading, I was a little bit excited to say the least. To me, the art of reading is inseparable from the art of writing and is something that I pursue with great passion. So to celebrate this National Year of Reading, I plan to share the books that are currently taking pride of place on my bedside table throughout the year.
At the moment, those two books are:
Jack Kerouac’s lost novel (the first he ever wrote in fact), The Sea Is My Brother which in his typical autobiographical style, follows the fortunes of Wesley Martin (aka Kerouac), a Merchant Seaman who loves the sea with a strange and lonely love. In Wesley Martin, Kerouac begins to lay down the template for his archetypal free spirited hobo, a template that would produce such incredible characters as Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty (of On the Road fame). There are also flashes of Kerouac’s spectacular spontaneous prose, but from what I have read so far, it is a far more traditional novel, than the majority of Kerouac’s better known works.
And legendary New Zealand poet, Sam Hunt’s latest collection, Chords & other Poems, his first completely new collection of work in many years. The epic opening poem, Chords is bristling with Hunt’s trademark music, and the losses he has accumulated throughout his life. He is one of poetry’s true characters so if you have never come into contact with his work, I totally recommend checking it out. Here is a link to a great interview that was recently published showing Sam at his boisterous best.
As part of the National Year of Reading, I am planning to publish a series called ‘Pin Ups‘ on Another Lost Shark. Each month, I will feature a poet, publishing one interview question and one poem each week to showcase their work. The first post will be up on the site this Friday, so keep your eyes peeled!