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Same Sky Pre-Launch Special

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As the launch of Same Sky edges closer, it’s time to celebrate! For this week only, I am offering readers of Another Lost Shark the chance to purchase a copy of Same Sky at the special pre-launch price of $12 including postage anywhere in the world.

The Another Lost Shark Store is also offering a First Words special this week. For just $20 (including postage anywhere in the world) you can purchase Volume 1: Private Conversations by Cameron Hindrum and Volume 2: Same Sky by Cindy Keong.

And to add to the excitement, the first person to order Same Sky will receive a free copy of Private Conversations.

Here’s the link to the store: anotherlostshark.bigcartel.com

Happy shopping!

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The Next Big Thing: Cindy Keong’s ‘Same Sky’

Another Lost Shark Publications has a big schedule planned for 2013, including the second release in the First Words series, Cindy Keong’s, Same Sky. The plan is to have the book ready to launch mid-year, so for now, here’s Cindy’s responses to The Next Big Thing interview to give you a taste of what’s to come.

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What is the title of your book?

Same Sky

What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A series of poems spanning the breadth of physical, cultural, emotional and familial landscapes linked by universal experiences that connect us all under the the ‘Same Sky’.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The compilation of this series originated out of a small body of work written whilst working in Tanzania.  My work there was largely of a practical nature, the giving of my time and skill rather than any search for enlightenment. Working in the third world often impacts westerners in the sense they have some epiphany about gratitude, waste, wealth or freedom.  There is no denying you would be an emotional mutant not to be impacted by the profound differences, but what struck a cord with me more was something fairly unsophisticated; that human experience is indeed universal, regardless of personal circumstance or geographics. Put simply, it is all the same, life is what it is.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

The poems to be included in this collection have been written between 2009 to 2012.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

This notion of ‘same, same but different’ spurred me on to develop a broader body of work that linked my experiences across three distinct landscapes, that loosely track my lifespan and hopefully ones that spark a connection to the human experiences of the reader.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am very excited and privileged to have this body of work supported by Graham Nunn aka Another Lost Shark who will publish Same Sky as part of his First Words series in 2013.

What other works would you compare this book to within your genre?

As an emerging poet I am reluctant to compare my work but would rather comment on work that has had influence and impact on my writing.  I am fascinated with work that encapsulates the everyday experience; poets who’s sparse language choices resonate and reveal a continuum of meaning ranging from the literal to the complex. Poems that when re-read, continue to offer another layer of meaning or provocation for thought.  Poets that have taken up residency in my thoughts lately include Max Ryan, Robert Adamson, Nathan Curnow, Paul Summers, Aidan Coleman, Michelle Dicinoski, Janice Bostock…

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

That is not easy, however, Tina Fey’s character of Liz Lemon parallels nicely if cast in poems that reveal insights into familial and relational dysfunction.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I look forward to launching these poems out into the world this year… here’s a poem from the book:

Some Things You Should Know

You’ll notice Dad hasn’t parted with the old
washing machine.  He proudly claims it’s the first
automatic.  There’s nothing automatic about it now.
So unless you’re packing enough clothes for the entire trip;
the gumboots and broom handle beside the tub must be used
to avoid electrocution. Make sure you visit the Bobby Dazzler,
there’s a 20ft statue of a fossicker crouching out front.
It’s worth the five dollars, just to wander the underground tunnels
and escape the blistering heat. I hope you like early mornings;
the bottlebrush is in bloom and the lorikeets flock in around 5 am,
for their all day bender.  If this doesn’t wake you, Dad will.

Do you remember when were kids?
From our beds we would listen
to the blueprint of morning;
heavy footsteps making
a cup of tea; the scuff of brush
and polish on boot leather, followed
by the heady waft of his first cigarette.
It’s still the same, still in order.

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Another Lost Shark Publications is proud to release Private Conversations by Cameron Hindrum

It’s been an incredibly busy year here at ALS headquarters… first off we launched Brisbane New Voices III featuring the work of Vanessa Page and Carmen Leigh Keates; then it was home{sic} by Julie Beveridge and now we have Private Conversations by Cameron Hindrum, the debut release in our First Words series (oh, and of course there is The First 30 and other poems, but that will be launched later in the year).

The First Words series will debut Australian writers in elegant, limited edition chapbooks and I am incredibly excited to have Cameron’s work feature in volume 1. Apart from being a fine poet, Cameron has been tireless in his support of the Tasmanian poetry community, directing the Tasmanian Poetry Festival since 2003. Your first chance to get a copy of Private Conversations will be next weekend at QPF 2012 (in fact you will be able to pick up all of the above ALS Publications). For now… here’s a preview:

Morning Burial

I am dressed for work.
She keeps him inside where
cartoons bathe him in noise
while I open a grave in cold
morning earth
and do not tell him.

The spade slices into dirt
and heaps it neatly to one side
near the fish pond.  I don’t know
how deep I should go.
I should be in the car.
Instead I have to lie.

A small plastic bag, a small
fragile body. Soft fur.
I carefully arrange the deceased
in this shallow grave.
The plastic bag sits bright
like an insult.

Cold earth peppers the plastic;
the hole is quickly hidden.
I smooth it over, replace bark chips.
No one will ever know
except his mother and I, and we
will keep our burden.

Cartoons will keep him safe.

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Cameron Hindrum lives, writes and works in Launceston, Tasmania. This is his first published collection of poetry. Since 2003 he has coordinated the annual Tasmanian Poetry Festival, and he has performed at the Queensland Poetry Festival, WordStorm in Darwin, the Byron Bay Writers Festival, the Australian Poetry Slam National Final and at readings around Tasmania.  His novel The Blue Cathedral (Forty South Books) was published in November 2011, and will be launched at the 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival.  His second poetry chapbook, the second volume of Private Conversations, is published by Walleah Press.

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