Currency $ USD
Design & editorial
Publication date: Autumn 2018
121% funded
206 backers

A collection of haiku

A collection of haiku, written over the past twenty-five years. Some are very traditional in style and content, others are a bit more contemporary. Some are serious, a few are mildly amusing, and one or two might be quite funny. All follow the strict haiku style of three lines, and a 5/7/5 syllable structure.

The book will be designed by Vaughan Oliver, the man behind iconic album covers for Pixies, Throwing Muses, Breeders, Lush and a host of other artists on the 4AD record label.

Scott Pack is a writer, editor and publisher. He spent the first half of the noughties as Head of Buying for the Waterstones book chain before leaving to become a publisher, working at publishing houses both big and small. Most recently he joined Unbound as Associate Editor. Writers he has published include Dan Rhodes, Natsume Soseki, Charles Lambert, Kristin Hersh, Julie Schumacher, Nikesh Shukla, Niven Govinden, Andrew Kaufman and Brian Aldiss.

He has written a number of humour and trivia books under the pseudonym Steve Stack and has also written, mostly under his own name, for The Times, Guardian, Observer and Private Eye. He was once interviewed for BBC's Newsround.

His first paid work as a writer came in 1991 when he was commissioned to write a poetry collection, entitled aardvark. Weightless Fireworks is Scott's first book of poetry since then and is launched 25 years after its predecessor.

end of the affair
her packed bags by the front door
ctrl/alt/delete



80 m.p.h.
butterflies hit the windscreen
with weightless fireworks



she’s been eating crisps
I can taste them on her lips
ready salted love



pausing in the snow
a robin, fresh from murder,
looks me in the eye



the six grades of sting:
nettle, pinprick, wasp, hornet,
papercut, and love

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Unavailable in All Good Bookshops

Friday, 23 June 2017

Every author who successfully gets their book funded at Unbound is given the option of having a separate edition produced for bookshops. So there is a beautiful hardback exclusively for supporters and a slightly less fancy, although still very handsome, version that will appear in bookshops and online a couple of months later.

I have asked Unbound not to create a second edition of Weightless Fireworks…

So, some things are happening...

Friday, 9 June 2017

No, really, they are.

Here are some of those things.

Words. All of the words for the book have been written. They are with the production team at Unbound who will press some buttons and tweak some files and suck the end of pencils and make some calls and shout across desks until the words get printed onto pages and are turned into lots of books.

Pictures. According to his recent Facebook…

Tracklisting

Friday, 24 March 2017

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Do you remember The Christians?

Not the God-fearing ones that the Romans fed to lions. I mean the soulful pop combo from Liverpool. Big in the 80s and all that. Some of you are probably too young. 

I was never a fan myself, I was too busy listening to Love & Rockets and The Cure at the time, but I was reminded of them recently when I was putting the finishing touches to Weightless Fireworks.…

Did You Miss Me?

Thursday, 13 October 2016

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So I am back in Windsor following a wonderful trip to New Zealand.

I met lots of amazing people, many splendid writers among them. I was taken out to lunch by a Dame, who is also a recipient of a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour from the French government, so I mingled with the finest that New Zealand has to offer.

I ate lots of amazing food. The ice-creams at Giapo in Auckland are the finest…

A Postcard from New Zealand

Monday, 29 August 2016

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Greetings from Aotearoa!

I am currently in New Zealand for a series of literary festival events and talks. I have just arrived in Auckland after a wonderful few days in Christchurch for the WORD Festival during which time I received conclusive proof that I am, indeed, a writer.

Christchurch is a remarkable and unusual city, and not only because it is still recovering from the earthquakes…

Tea and Cake with Vaughan Oliver

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Pixies doolittle

On Monday I pootled down to Epsom to meet up with Vaughan Oliver. Vaughan is, frankly, a legend to many people, including me. His cover art and design work with 4AD in the 1980s and 90s is about as iconic as iconic can get. Shit, he was the man who created this classic album cover.

And this one.

This one also.

Anyway, my record collection is full of his work. Yours may well be…

Patience is a Virtue

Saturday, 16 July 2016

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A few people, or as I like to call them, impatient bastards, have been asking me when they'll be taking delivery of their hauki.

The sort answer is: when I've finished writing them.

The slightly longer answer goes like this.

I wasn't expecting the book to be funded within a month, I thought it would take 3 or 4 at least, so I had always penciled in this autumn for completing the book. I have…

Haiku. In a Toilet. In Brazil.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Toilet

There is an independent bookshop in Brazil that I had not heard of till last weekend. It is called Boto-cor-de-rosa (it translates as 'Pink Dolphin', apparently) and they are currently running a crowdfunding campaign in order to stay afloat. One of the rewards on offer was to have a poem of your choice on the chalkboard in what they call their 'bathroom', but which I assume is their toilet.

I coughed…

Composed on a Train

Thursday, 23 June 2016

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What a Difference a Word Makes

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Cherry blossom 4

Or two letters, to be more precise.

A couple of weeks ago, struck by a rare moment of inspiration, I composed the following haiku:

blossoms have fallen

these brief days of early spring

are crushed underfoot

I was in the garden, our cherry tree had shed its petals, the words came to me, they scanned without much effort. It was an easy poem to write.

But then I started pondering that…

Editing the Rewards

Sunday, 5 June 2016

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This is just a quick post to say that as of the end of this week I will be closing down some of the editorial rewards that are on offer with Weightless Fireworks. As some of you know, seeing as you paid for them, I have been offering bargain deals on my editorial services with offers ranging from a review of your submissions package, making sure it is ship-shape before it goes off to agents, for …

Lost in Translation?

Saturday, 21 May 2016

In the same way that it is generally accepted that Shakespeare is the greatest playwright to have ever picked up a quill — he may not be your favourite playwright, and others may have written better individual plays, but his work has endured better, is studied more intensely and is performed more widely than any other — the finest haiku poet to ever pick up an inkbrush is Bashō.

Matsuo Bashō…

So, What Now?

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

​Now that Weightless Fireworks has hit 100% funding I am no longer shouting about it every couple of hours on Twitter and Facebook. No, I am much more restrained now, only mentioning it once a week or so.

But last time I did mention it, someone asked me why I was still plugging the book seeing as "you're funded now, aren't you?"

It is a fair question, so I thought it might be worth explaining…

100%!!!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Isn't crowdfunding wonderful?

Let's face it, there is no way a collection of haiku from an unknown poet would get published as a beautiful hardback by a traditional publisher in this day and age. They'd be mad to try it. It just wouldn't work for them.

Crowdfunding, on the other hand, has helped make this book a reality. We hit 100% last night and that means Weightless Fireworks will go into…

Bel Mooney
Bel Mooney asked:

Dear Scott,
I hope you are happy to have dinner with somebody who wants absolutely nothing from you! Anyway, good luck with the rest of the funding and best wishes from Bel Mooney

Scott Pack
Scott Pack replied:

Hi Bel,

I am happy to have dinner with anyone. I love some good food and a chinwag. I am particularly happy to have dinner with someone who has been so generous in supporting this odd little book. Thank you.

So far it just looks like it will be you and me as no one else has pledged for that reward yet. I am very much looking forward to it.

Best,

Scott

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