I'm pretty over being told to put my hands up in the air...
Brandon O'Brien is a writer and poet from Trinidad. This is his other brain.
Caution: May contain intense critical analysis, long rants, and uncomfortable (but necessary) subject matter.
Did the thing. Submissions out into the ether.
Why do I feel so tense all of a sudden?
DC Comics Illustration Collection - Created by Dan Mora
I don’t care what you think about it,
two and a half heaped teaspoons
are my soul. Sugar loved me when
I didn’t love myself, so don’t ask me
to turn my back on her. Douglas Adams
and George Orwell will have to wait til I
rap on St. Peter’s gate to scold me.
Who knows, maybe my love will poison me.
Before I tell my side of the story, let’s get the technicalities out of the way, as usual:
Trinidad-born award-winning British author Monique Roffey guest-wrote a blog post for Waterstones entitled ‘The new wave of Caribbean writers’, discussing what she saw as the trends of work within the region by the literary creatives of the space.
The article on the blog is striking in its presumption and how gapingly ahistorical it is[…] Why this is troubling, is because Roffey of late has emerged in Britain as a kind of spokesperson, an ex-pat ex-pert[…] on Caribbean literature; someone who is discovering something that didn’t exist before, or existed in a much less refined state.
Also, Rhoda Bharath:
Despite having achieved independence throughout the region (for the most part), spearheading revolutions and overthrowing dictatorial regimes, we just can’t be left alone to wade through our issues and develop our space without the added ingredients of judgmental first world comparisons that don’t take into consideration contextual issues, and worse, the role of their influence in our shortcomings.
Since then, Lucien has been having ardent conversation about the issue on social media, in particular about what makes a writer truly Caribbean.Read more
So I want to get back into doing Impractical Magic here, but there isn’t an MtG-Helper-esque solution for card titles for Tumblr, is there?
So maybe I’ll move that series to a Wordpress. Which is a shame - I don’t like moving things from Tumblr in search of more robust tools elsewhere.
But I need to play more often, so I don’t know when that’ll happen.
So what I want to know is how I’m supposed to locally draft an html poem for online magazine submission…
Hypertextual Surrealist Literary Problems™.