Monday, August 25, 2014
BOOK REVIEW: Caesar Campbell (with Donna Campbell): WRECKING CREW- The Brutal True Story of the Bandidos’ Legendary Sergeant-At-Arms. Pan Macmillan Australia, Sydney, 2011 (277 pages).
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Stu Hatton's will launch his second collection of poetry Glitching in August in Melbourne.
309 Lygon St
6pm for 6.30pm start.
The PDF is offered on a pay-what-you-feel basis. In other words, whatever you’d like to pay, from $0 up. If you’d prefer to pay nothing (for whatever reason), that’s no problem, and entirely up to you.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
BOLD MONKEY reached a milestone recently- 100,000 hits since 2010. Not exactly the stats you might get for a football player pretending to drink his own urine or a beagle secretly filmed leaping from a lounge chair onto an island bench but respectful enough for a blog which usually specialises in small press poetry publications. The main purpose in listing this material is to call to your attention to posts which have received significant hits.
The individual hits for each post as recorded by google are hopelessly inaccurate as they often require a direct linkage and some iconic posts have been removed for a variety of reasons. Anyways, here's the list for most hits from # 50 to #1. If you are interested in following up any post- click on the links below.
#50 Book Review: Jack Henry CRUNKED (2011)
# 49 Book Review: Charles Bukowski: Portions From a Wine Stained Notebook (2008)
This is the first and best volume of Bukowski's selected letters. His correspondence with his early publishers, E.V. Griffith & the Webbs and the writer Douglas Blazek make this book essential reading for any Bukophile.
#47 Book Review: Charles Bukowski Absence of the Hero (2008)
#46 Book Review/ Interview: R.L Raymond Half-Myths & Quarter Legends (2012)
#45 Book Review Henry Denander Accidental Navigator (2011)
#44 New Release: Alan Wearne Prepare the Cabin (2012)
#43 After the Bomb: Best Cold War Films
This was an overly ambitious post. I hoped to provide some detailed reviews & guidance to students as to what I understood to be the best Cold War films. Instead what is offered disappointingly so far are a few internet links to relevant films & resources which are easily available anyway. I haven't finished with this post:
#42BOLD MONKEY RSS Feed
This post is shameless self promotion or at least it is an attempt to make it easier for the reader to navigate the site. If i had greater IT skills I'd be able to properly embed the feed:
#41 Book Review/ Interview: RL Raymond Sonofabitch Poems (2011)
This is RL Raymond's first volume of poetry. This is an intelligent, well thought out collection, brimming with ideas, skilful word play and bold experimentation:
#40 Book Review/ Interview: Frank Reardon Nirvana Haymaker (2012)
#39 The Best & Worst of Bukowski's posthumous ECCO poetry publications.
#36 Book Review/ Interview: William Taylor Jr. An Age of Monsters (2011)
is a clever, natural born story teller who loves to describe people and relationships, especially when things fuck up.
Find my review here: https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=2898768564399502953#editor/target=post;postID=6168781609576804624;onPublishedMenu=posts;onClosedMenu=posts;postNum=90;src=postname
William Taylor Jr provides a wide ranging interview for his forthcoming collection of poetry ‘The Blood of a Tourist' (Sunnyoutside Press, 2014) here: http://www.sfweekly.com/exhibitionist/2014/05/22/the-write-stuff-william-taylor-jr-on-doing-your-best-to-ride-out-the-dry-spells
#35 Book Review: Charles Bukowski Dangling in the Tournefortia (1981)
#34 Book Recommendation: Michael Dransfield Collected Poetry
#32 The Outlaw Bible of American Outlaw Poetry
This is a classic, wide ranging mammoth volume of outlaw poetry- but with its obvious limitations.
#31 Song Lyrics: Frank Zappa Don't Eat the Yellow Snow
#30 Book Review Charles Bukowski The People Look Like Flowers At Last (2007)
This ECCO collection gives me the shits. From the feel of the book's spine to the thinness of the writing. Unfortunately, there are even worse post-Buk volumes of poetry to follow.
#29 Book Review: John Yamrus doing cartwheels on doomsday (2010)
#25 Book Review: Richard Brautigan Watermelon Sugar
This is a wonderfully eccentric short novel by the master.
#24 Featuring New Zealand writer Terence Rissetto
This is the muttha fukka who introduced me to Bukowski when I was working as a fleeso in NZ decades ago. His work is riotously funny with a subversive edge. http://georgedanderson.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Terence%20Rissetto
#23 Book Review: Mather Schneider Drought Resistant Strain
#22 Book Review: David Stephen Calonne Charles Bukowski
#21 Book Review: Mather Schneider He Took a Cab (2010)
Schneider writes about his job as a cabbie in Tuscon Arizona. One of my favourite collections of poetry:
#20 Book Review: Rob Plath a bellyful of anarchy
Despite its rough edges & excesses- this is perhaps the best book of poetry published by Epic Rites Press: http://georgedanderson.blogspot.com.au/2010/07/bbook-review-rob-plath-belly-full-of.html
A fine first collection of confessional poetry by one of the best small press poets in Australia:
#17 Book Review: Wolfgang Carstens Crudely Mistaken For Life
This is Carstens first book of poetry in which he dwells into his favourite topic from a variety of perspectives- DEATH!: http://georgedanderson.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/book-review-wolfgang-carstens-crudely.html
#16 New Release: David Spiteri The Prez
This post alerts the reader to former bikie Spiteri's fictional account of his experiences & provides links to some interviews: http://georgedanderson.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/new-release-david-spiteri-prez-harper.html
#15 Book Review/ Interview: Peter Bakowski Beneath Our Armour
This post includes one of my first interviews & Bakowski is generous with his time & he offers many tips to budding writers. All of Peter Bakowski's books are worth reading and I strongly urge you to buy them. Interestingly, he corresponded with Charles Bukowski just before he died & a letter to Bakowski (5 March 1993) appears in REACH FOR THE SUN: Selected Letters 1978-1994 Volume 3. Proud to say that Bakowski spoke to my class for about an hour on how to flex their creative juices a couple of years ago:
#14 Book Review/ Interview: Scott Patrick Mitchell Songs for the ordinary mass
#10 Book Review: Charles Bukowski Post Office
#8 Book Review: John Steinbeck Travels With Charley
#6 Book Review: David Spiteri The Prez
#4 Book Review: JD Salinger Catcher in the Rye
#3 Book Review : Charles Bukowski Come On In
#2 Book Review: Charles Bukowski Women
#1 What is Charles Bukowski's Best Novel?