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.
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
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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 …
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.
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…
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…
These people are helping to fund Weightless Fireworks.