Now out: The Wild Word issue #9: Lost & Found

2016/10/26

Photo by mr oCean

It is a true delight to be featured this month in Berlin-based magazine, The Wild Word. There’s a span of about seven years in the three pieces (more if you go back to the beginnings of each piece), which also feature a couple of my favourite collaborators and muses.

Wordless – a poem inspired by poetry.

Suitcase & Sand – a collaborative video piece combining poetry, photography and music. This was performed at the 2015 Queensland Poetry Festival, and is the latest incarnation of a tale that has been through many iterations. This version, in collaboration with German musician Lina Paul, started to come together in Berlin in 2011, but there’s nothing like a looming performance to push me to finish writing something. It took over four years, but think it’s better for the long incubation.

Credits
Poem, Photographs & Video: mr oCean
Music: Lina Paul (hear more from her here and see videos here)
Additional photography: Tams Fletcher, Marsel van Oosten, Colleen Tully-Wilson, Maren Imhoff, Ally Weinrauch, Bettina Leupold and Chris Sanderson.

Escapement – a poetry & photography series, prepared as an installation for the 2008 Queensland Poetry Festival. This is another one that’s part of a larger and many-versioned tale, actually another aspect of the same tale as Suitcase & Sand. Mysteries and wonders, loss and escape. Part 6 borrows lines from Brisbane poet, Nerissa Rowan.

Check them all out here, then be sure to explore the rest of this magnificent mag.

Photo by mr oCean

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A Twilight Shore

2012/08/12

Part 1

An ink-black sky and bright sea underneath
– a storm that never breaks –
just the rumbling, old-man voices
of wind and waves, rising and falling in argument,

and the sand, hissing cold
through the dry grass on the dunes,
where a dim glow dances
between shrunken, groaning timber.

Like shipwreck sails, the tattered dresses
of the Caretakers whip against their legs.
Bent into the wind, bent with age,
they walk the strand and scan the water’s edge:

no sea-shells, no boats, no messages
in bottles – not any more.
The only thing these waters bring,
in their phosphorescence and foam:

a traveller at her jouney’s end –
one more body
washed up
on the twilight shore.

Electric drawing by mr oCean (c) 2007

Part 2

Wake up, weary traveller.
Come warm up by the fire.
Take another spoonful now:
it’s all that you require.

Wake up, weary traveller.
You’ve further yet to go.
Where your journey takes you now
is not for us to know.

Stand up, weary traveller.
We’d love to have you stay,
but your footprints are ahead of you;
it’s time you were away.

Go now, weary traveller.
Although you may be dead,
follow where the sea-breeze blows;
you’ve one more dream ahead.

Walk on, weary traveller.
Tire not, weary traveller.
Walk on, weary traveller.
We wish that we could, too…

Text: mr oCean
Music: Lina Paul
© 2011
Illustration: mr oCean ©2007


To hear the oCean…

2011/08/19

Yes, updates have been terribly infrequent, haven’t they? I am getting on with writing a novel at last (easily the most wonderful job I’ve ever had!), so poetry and telling people about it have been in the back seat of late. But all is not silent! I have set up a couple of pages to replace the excruciatingly slow, ad-saturated dog’s breakfast that is MySpace.

On the ReverbNation page, you can hear spoken word and musical pieces in pretty much a finished state.

I’m using the SoundCloud page more for works in progress and experiments. And while you’re over that way, perhaps you’d like to pop by lina paul’s fabulously heartbreaking recording of part 2 of The Twilight Shore, which we wrote together for our Stories from the Corner of your Eye show, back in March.

You can still get yourself a copy of my zombie love-song at BandCamp, for as little as $1, with proceeds going to Brisbane flood recovery. (I’m planning to record a definitive version of this track later in the year. All people who’ve bought the current download will get a code to download a free copy of the new version.)

There’s more to come, but for now, you at least know where to find it when it does 🙂


Stories from the corner of your eye

2011/03/13

I’m delighted to announce the first performance for a new collaboration between lina paul and me. We met at The Sofa Salon last year, and seemed to both get a sense that we could cook something up; here’s what we have on the stove:

Stories from the corner of your eye

Gelegenheiten, Weserstrasse 50, 12045 Berlin Neukölln. (U-Bhf Rathaus Neukölln)

Friday, 18 March at 20:00.

the dreams of the insomniac, the echoes of voices in abandoned places, personal faultlines in reality… lina paul and mr oCean seek out the stories that flit unnoticed at the edge of our vision or dance in shadows, and with music, song, spoken word and odd noises, bring them out into the light to feed your curiosity.

lina paul’s minimalistic music and soundscapes are like spider-webs – delicate, yet disproportionately strong – and the songs and tales they catch are never ordinary. mr oCean’s words sketch views from old windows and distorted mirrors and his music is drawn to cold shorelines and broken buildings.

It’s been exciting to not only hear our words and music coming together in new ways, but also to have this extra push to get pieces finished, which had been lurking at the edge of my mind for too many years. And this is your chance to hear shining new pieces we’ve put together specifically for the show. We’re massively looking forward to the gig, and also to further developments!