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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Launch at Readings Carlton: Stu Hatton's Glitching

Stu Hatton's will launch his second collection of poetry Glitching in August in Melbourne.

From Stu's flyer: 
(outer) publishing is delighted to invite you to the Melbourne launch of Glitching by Stu Hatton. The book will be launched by Jo Scicluna.

Monday the 25th of August 2014 Readings Carlton
309 Lygon St
6pm for 6.30pm start.

 Launch details:
Glitches of perception ... glitches in the data, in the signal ... cracks, chaos engines ... glitching as music tweaked out of noise ...

Glitching is Stu Hatton’s second collection of poems. The book is divided into ten thematic sections: ‘entrances’, ‘detours’, ‘glitching’, ‘wasted’, ‘couplings’, ‘futures’, ‘midways’, ‘soil’, ‘entheogen’ and ‘exits’. Glitching tilts towards a poetry of error, malfunction, accident, remixing and transformation.

Further Info:

If you’re unable to make it to the launch, Glitching can be purchased as a paperback (AU$20 plus postage) from here:

Or you can download the book as a PDF file from here:
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.

Stu Hatton can be contacted here:

(the outer blog):

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 individual hits for each post as recorded by google are not very accurate as they often require a direct linkage and some successful 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:  Kenneth Slawenski J.D. SALINGER: A Life Raised High.

Top detailed bio of Salinger created by an adoring fan. We continue to endlessly wonder whether Salinger had other significant writings in his vault.

#49 Book Review: Jack Henry CRUNKED (2011)
This poetry book is mostly narrated from the point of view of a meth head and is probably the most harrowing book of poetry I've read to date.

# 48 Book Review: Charles Bukowski: Portions From a Wine Stained Notebook (2008)
The academic David Stephen Calonne compiled this collection of uncollected Bukowski stories & essays (1944-1990) for City Lights. After struggling through many posthumous ECCO publications, I found this a refreshing read.

#47 Book Review: Charles Bukowski Screams From the Balcony- Selected Letters 1960-1970 (1978)

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.

#46 Book Review: Charles Bukowski Absence of the Hero (2008)
This is the companion volume to editor Calonne’s Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook (2008). It is full of gold for the Bukowski reader.

#45 Book Review/ Interview: R.L Raymond Half-Myths & Quarter Legends (2012)
This is a clever, grounded poetry collection by the young Canadian writer. I interview RL about his art. A rising kid on the block.

#44 Book Review Henry Denander Accidental Navigator (2011)
This is an underrated collection of poetry by the highly accomplished & accessible Swedish writer & artist.

#43 New Release: Alan Wearne Prepare the Cabin (2012)
I have met Wearne five or six times over the last ten years. He is one of Australia's most enduring & talented poets. He knows his stuff. He presently resides in the Creative Arts faculty at the University of Wollongong:;postID=1055321713413003072;onPublishedMenu=posts;onClosedMenu=posts;postNum=62;src=postname

#42 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:

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: 

#40 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:

#39 Book Review/ Interview: Frank Reardon Nirvana Haymaker (2012)
Reardon is a tireless & highly committed poet whose tenacity in pursuing the word should be an example to us all. His enthusiasm & openness in sharing his ideas about his writing craft at length in the accompanying interview is invigorating:

#38 The Best & Worst of Bukowski's posthumous ECCO poetry publications.
At last count there are 11 ECCO post Buk-death poetry books published by ECCO. Probably about 4000 pages worth. Some quality stuff but a lot of questionable material which Bukowski probably wouldn't have wanted published in his lifetime. I keep my commentary to a minimum in this post & simply list what I consider Buk's best to worst poetry books published by ECCO after his death in 1994.

#37 Bukowski Interviews: Sunlight Here I Am: Interviews & Encounters 1963-1993.
This David Stephen Calonne compilation consists of 35 interviews with Buk over 30 years. It creates a varied & hard-to-nail-down portrait of Bukowski. Another essential Bukowski text:

#36 New Magazine: Counterexample Poetics (2009)

Felino Soriano is the brain child of this online magazine. He is a prolific writer and a link to his 64 books (& counting) can be found here:
I briefly refer to his new mag here. It includes 3 of my poems from 2009:

#35 Book Review/ Interview: William Taylor Jr. An Age of Monsters (2011)
This is Taylor's first book of short stories. He is a clever, natural born story teller who loves to describe people and relationships, especially when things fuck up. 

Find my review here:;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:

#34 Book Review: Charles Bukowski Dangling in the Tournefortia (1981)

Not on the top shelf of Bukowski's poetry. There is a complacency and lack of urgency in this collection.

#33 Book Recommendation: Michael Dransfield Collected Poetry
This post was made to alert overseas readers to Dransfield's enormous contribution to Australian poetry & where to find some of his stuff.

#32 BOOK REVIEW/ INTERVIEW: Rob Plath there's a fist dunked in blood beating in my chest (2010)

American writer, Rob Plath, in this significant collection of confessional poetry, dismantles his ego, strips his soul to the bone and bares his frail emotional guts for all to see.

#31 The Outlaw Bible of American Outlaw Poetry

#30 Song Lyrics: Frank Zappa Don't Eat the Yellow Snow
I include a link to the improvised lyrics of this famous Zappa song.

#29 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.

#28 Book Review: John Yamrus doing cartwheels on doomsday (2010)
If you want to find out more about the sensation that is Yamrus- this is the first book of his you must read.

#27 Book Review: SLIM

#26 Book Review: The Tricking Post

#25 Book Review: Charles Bukowski Play the Piano Drunk

#24 Book Review: Richard Brautigan Watermelon Sugar

#23 Featuring New Zealand writer Terence Rissetto

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Forthcoming Release: Wolfgang Carstens & Janne Karlsson ENJOY OBLIVION. Concrete Meat Press, 2014 (28 pages).

This is the latest collaboration between the Canadian independent press publisher Wolf Carstens and the Swedish cartoonist Janne Karlsson. The chapbook consists of eighteen short poems and nine black & white sketches which complement the disillusioned, often bitter tone of the collection.

The poems are told from Carstens’ perspective and are sometimes addressed directly to his father. The collection telescopes his thoughts from when he first heard his father was dying to his subsequent death and his reflections on his passing. Carstens grieves intensely, but not for his old man, who left his family for another woman when he was five years old. Rather he grieves for the relationship with his father he never had and for the hurt his father has inflicted on his mom. 

The opening poem ‘I just heard’ sets the caustic tone for the collection. The speaker, presumably Carstens, discovers that his father is on his death-bed and is asking for him. The old man “has nobody” else and is belatedly trying to reconcile with his son before he dies. Understandably, Carstens is unwilling to forgive his father for his abandonment as a child and is contemptuous and dismissive of him: “Goodbye/ Dad,” is all he can utter.

In ‘if you go’ someone warns the speaker that his father’s body is so swollen that he ‘probably/ won’t recognise him.’ He tersely concludes, “I hardly/ remember/ what he/ looked like/ before.”

In one of the stronger poems in the collection ‘you never’, the speaker furthers this idea of estrangement in a simple but deeply personal way. He directly speaks to his deceased father. Carstens expresses how damaged he is inside and how his father’s own acts of irresponsibility have had unseen consequences in the upbringing of his own family:

You never

taught me
how to shoot a puck,
talk to girls,
make friends,
handle peer pressure,
or fight

you never once
helped me
with my homework.

the only lesson
you ever taught me
was accidental.


i learned
how not
to be

(The poem has been published with the permission of the author)

Karlsson’s subdued, absurd caricatures in this collection often represent Carstens as a lonely child staring blankly at a ball or puck. Others show the old man pissed-off, guzzling beer, or as in the illustration for the poem ‘I was’, his dad indifferently kicks the boy’s soccer ball away as he cuddles his new girlfriend, Wolf & his mother looking at them from the distance as the new couple depart. Karlsson’s drawings are unique & add a curious layer of existential ennui to Carstens’ work.

The latter part of the collection reveals Carstens’ response to the news that his father has died. In ‘driving home’ when he learns of his unnamed father’s death he sees a rat in the street and scathingly says to him, “it/reminded/ me/ of/ you.” In the title poem ‘no’ the poet writes contently that his father has not been given a funeral nor a burial plot and has been justly banished from the family forever, into a kind of private limbo:




cemetery plot.


how you


(The poem and illustration above have been published with the permission of the composers)

In Carstens’ world, LESS IS certainly MORE and the longer he writes, the more savagely he pares back his language to the bone. In his deceptively simple use of style in ENJOY OBLIVION, he shares with us a huge range of intense human emotions which have impacted upon him since he was abandoned by this father at a very early age- melancholy, regret, grief, rage. And in the writing of this chapbook, we applaud Carstens as he casts the betrayal of father aside & leaps new heights.

Find more information about ENJOY OBLIVION here: