Saturday, 31 July 2010

And yet we keep living, the earth
like a train won't let us step off.

Friday, 30 July 2010


absinthe tisane &
tincture of thyme

Thursday, 29 July 2010


So I dragged
... my ugly feet
a half mile
... down the road
and in a spinny
... shoes off, sat
and on a tussock
... sitting, slept.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

I used to have the most wonderful dance;
I was like a beautiful silver fish, then one
day it left me and I was left jerking to the
backbeat, smiling dully at the hired help.

Thursday, 22 July 2010


Here I am reading my poems in the gardens of the MAC-VAL (a contemporary art museum just outside Paris).

The video was produced to generate publicity for the 2011 BIPVAL (what is it with France and acronyms?), an international poetry festival in which I will be participating in May of next year.

Sunday, 18 July 2010


Louisiane luisante et
Bastille sous la pluie

Friday, 16 July 2010

Another girl, another planet

Looking for grunt
sculpin in tacoma
"Perhaps I eat to persuade myself that I am somebody." John Keats

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

New poetry up at nthposition

July's poems are now online at nthposition. (Well actually they've been online for a while but I was over in London and taking a break from the internet.) This month features work by:

Ryan Ridge
Wendy Morton
James McLaughlin
Adam Fieled
Aichlee Bushnell
Trisha Bora
Masin Persina
Vidyan Ravinthiran

as well as the first in a new series of articles looking at European poetry by nthpostion repeat offender, Steven Fowler. The inaugural article examines the work of the Swedish modernist/mystic, Gunnar Ekelöf.

Summer is rolling around and in the autumn I'm going to be a daddy again so I've decided to scale back the poetry section at nthposition (at least for the foreseeable future). Up until now I've been publishing eight to ten new poets every month; from now until year end it will probably be more like three to five. Other than that though, the song remains the same: if you want to submit send a maximum of six previously unpublished poems plus a brief third-person bio embedded in the body of an email to rquintav AT gmail DOT com.

Friday, 2 July 2010


All the streets are named after cities
and radiate out from a circular square.

Last night tilapia

Last night tilapia.
Today? Today
strong coffee
and the shakes.