Writing ALL the things
I got really behind with my weeknotes… Whoops!
I’ve been writing other things instead:
- speculative short story about a world that values busyness over everything else, and the radicals resisting that; I find sci-fi so hard to write, not happy with this one (yet) but really glad I did it
- short story (or perhaps the start of something longer) told entirely in queer dating/friending profiles and messages, instagram, email and diary entries; pretty fun to write
- weird aubade (like a seranade, but morning instead of evening) about feelings and large bodies of water
And, I submitted some poems for publication, which I’m really excited about. First time I’ve done that. Planning to continue.
Learning, writing: How to write
I attended 2 workshops with Anthony Anaxagorou this week, and they were excellent. I knew they would be, but they exceeded my expectations still.
Poetry readings, audio & written
I attended Uniqlo Tate Lates: Night In online (stream 2, video no longer available). Unfortunately, looks like the Tate has made the video private now. I’ve left the link in in case they change that in future.
So great that museums are creating virtual events and not only streaming them live, but leaving them up to enjoy later. (Hm, well, I take that last bit back…! 😅) I hope they continue when social distancing isn’t so much of a focus. Love that I can experience museums from home/wherever; makes the world more accessible.
Hadn’t encountered Raymond Antrobus before. Love events for widening my world. Like, I hadn’t encountered Anthony Anaxagorou before the free Xriss Xross poetry festival last year, by the Poetry School, and I feel so grateful to experience his teaching.
I’m reading a lot of Caribbean literature at the moment*, mostly Windrush generation. In this poetry reading I encountered Kamau Brathwaite (Bajan) for the first time. Raymond Antrobus read from Negus by Kamau Braithwaire, and just, wow. I am blown away.
* Recently read The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon (Trini) and The Final Passage by Caryl Phillips (Kittian).
I love the rumination of Mostly I Don’t Want to Have a Son by Natalie Shapero.
I started a spreadsheet of all the tree names I know in English, Latin / scientific and German. Love tree nerdery.