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Same Sky Preview: Not Ready Yet

The launch of Same Sky by Cindy Keong is now just a handful of days away… so I thought that it was time to open the covers of the book here at ALS and share a poem with you all. Here’s the achingly beautiful Not Ready Yet.

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Not Ready Yet

My mother is serene in her hospital bed.
Comfort is the slow drip of saline and
her out-of-tune breath.

Days are connected by a footbridge
of waiting. I expand my scientific
vocabulary with words that mean death.

My brothers huddle in the courtyard
sipping coffee from paper cups.  The plate glass
prevents me from hearing, but I can read faces.

We talk, well at least I do.  She slides off
her engagement ring, places it my palm
warm and worn thin from 50 years of marriage.

I hold the ring for hours thinking, what I’d give
to wake at dawn and hear her
whistle in tune with the radio.

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I would also like to thank everyone who has ordered a copy of the book this week. I can announce that the lucky person who will receive a free copy of First Words Volume 1: Private Conversations by Cameron Hindrum is Martha Landman. The pre-launch special ends this Saturday, so for all of you who still want to take advantage of this deal, you can do so at: anotherlostshark.bigcartel.com

 

 

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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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Under the Same Sky with Cindy Keong (part 2)

Same Sky is due to launch in exactly one week, so here’s part 2 of the recent chat I had with Cindy. And keep your eyes on the site as from tomorrow night, I will be offering readers of Another Lost Shark the opportunity to pick up a copy of this elegant, limited edition book at a special launch price. But for now, it’s over to Cindy!

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Because there is such a strong sense of place in your work, I am keen to know if you do your ‘creating’ behind a desk or out in the world. Can you share with us the process you go through to get from idea to finished poem?

My process for developing ideas comes from a few different sources and is a little like stalking really.  People watching is a favourite past time; I also draw on my memory of the moments (both big and small) that in some way have changed me. I find that these are great sources of inspiration for possible poems.   My passion for photography also generates inspiration for poems.

There is the rare occasion that an idea flows directly into writing a poem, but usually I need to process things for some time. I like to sketch out the idea to test where it is leading.  To transform these sketches into a poem, I would say I am often inspired by the reading of other poets. I like to explore how they have conveyed their ideas and consider why the structure they have used is successful.

Who are the poets that you constantly go back to? What is it about them that keeps you coming back?

I have a tendency when writing to get a bit waffly, or try to put too much in.  So for me, reading poets who are adept at creating poems that are rich in imagery and paired back, is essential.  I also gravitate towards poets who convey a strong sense of place in their work; those who are able to take you to a place, be it physical, or emotional and somehow make you feel, you too have visited. The likes of Robert Adamson, Aidan Coleman, Ashley Capes, Pablo Neruda, Michael Ondaatje, Lidija Cvetkovic; I could go on, these are just a few of the poets I have re-visited lately. And I often turn to haiku to help me try and reign in those unwieldy poems that have taken a wrong turn into prose country.

Another Lost Shark Publications
launches
Same Sky by Cindy Keong
When: Saturday July 27, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Where: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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Under the Same Sky with Cindy Keong (part 1)

The launch of Same Sky by Cindy Keong is edging closer, so in the lead up to the launch on Saturday July 27, I have been chatting with Cindy about the call of poetry and how it feels to have her first publication out in the world.

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How does it feel to be holding Same Sky in your hands?

Strangely enough, a mixture of pure excitement and relief.  Same Sky is a mix of older and newer work that evolved considerably during the editing process.  So after spending so much time with the same set of poems there is definitely a feeling of accomplishment. I am also starting to feel deep within me, the stirring of new work buzzing to be written.

When did you first feel the calling of poetry in your bones?

With a brother called Clancy it is no surprise that bush poetry was a feature in my childhood.  However, my earliest memory of really being fascinated with poetry was reading a collection of Kath Walker’s (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) poetry when I was nine.  I distinctly remember a short poem about Albert Namatjira, and even as a child it conveyed a profound sense of loss and cultural injustice.  Fast-forward a decade or three and the inclination to learn how to write poetry became more significant.  Through the local poetry community and the fine poets I have met along the way I have been guided and inspired to write, share and perform my work.

The work in Same Sky covers three distinct landscapes; the east coast, the big-sky country of Western QLD and the the interior landscape of love and family. Was this a distinct choice when you began writing the poems? And what is the significance of these landscapes to you?

I did not necessarily start out to write poems that could be grouped distinctly by physical or interior landscapes, but would say my initial writing process was all about feeling satisfied I could write a poem that not only meant something to me but would hopefully resonate with an audience. Starting with what I know and had a deep connection with seemed like the place to start.

The poems that explore aspects of my interior landscape were probably the most deliberate in choice as these experiences whilst unique to me are ones that connect us all.  The specific physical landscapes that locate my poems are born out of lived experiences as a child and as an adult.  I calculated recently that in total I have moved 21 times in my 41 years so it is no wonder this has vicariously made itself a distinct feature of my poetry.

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Another Lost Shark Publications
launches
Same Sky by Cindy Keong
When: Saturday July 27, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Where: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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Another Lost Shark Publications invites you to the launch of

First Words vol. 2: Same Sky

Cindy Keong’s impressive debut collection, Same Sky is the second release in the Another Lost Shark Publications First Words series and will be launched on Saturday July 27 at The Hideaway (188 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley) as part of the July SpeedPoets event.

Doors will open on the day at 1:30pm and entry will be a gold coin donation.

The book has been printed in a limited edition of 100 copies on acid free, recycled stock with a cover design by Benjamin ‘Kids in Cloaks’ Portas. Copies will be available at the special launch price of $10 following Cindy’s first Brisbane reading from the collection.

Also performing on the day will be Ghostboy w/ Sir Richard Grantham and the 2013 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence, Shane Rhodes (Canada).

Here’s the full details:

Another Lost Shark Publications launches
Same Sky
by Cindy Keong
When: Saturday July 27, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Where: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

But for those of you who are not able to make it along and want to secure a copy of Same Sky before they sell out, keep an eye on the site this month as I will be making the book available to readers in the week prior to the launch.

I will also be posting an interview with Cindy this month and a handful of poems from the collection.

This Lost Shark is one happy publisher!

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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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