30 May 2012

Magma 53

I've got a new poem in Magma 53, edited by Rob A. Mackenzie & Kona Macphee - you could buy it here if you were so inclined

23 May 2012

What a Card!

I am a massive fan of science fiction novels. One of my favourites is Ursula K. Le Guin's novel Left Hand of Darkness, which deals, in part (although in typical Le Guin style the scope is much wider) with questions of gender. The main character comes from a neuter society where gender has no bearing. I found this book incredibly enriching. Imagine my joy when The Artist, whilst turfing out books, handed me a few science-fiction novels I hadn't read (like all science-fiction readers I am a consummate geek and will usually have read the ENTIRE SERIES said book belongs to fifteen times). 

One of the books was A Planet Called Treason by Orson Scott Card. Imagine my further joy when the main character, a virile, war-mongering male, grows breasts and is cast out from the kingdom. I was hoping for another gender-questioning marathon to brighten my day. I haven't quite finished it yet. But whilst checking out Orson Scott Card's info online I notice his words in a recent article:

"The dark secret of homosexual society -- the one that dares not speak its name -- is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally."

He is a Mormon, like Mitt Romney - also 'shaky' to say the least on gay rights.  I am going to finish the book but that has sucked the enjoyment right out of it. I'm wondering if an author's opinion on social, political and cultural questions outside of their novels should really affect us as readers? It does me, I have to say. 

There's a anti-wideboy rap song (I forget the name) that says something along the lines of: how strange it is, that we listen to James Brown's love songs whilst he in his spare time beat the shit out of his wife (I think it sounds better rapped, but Blogger don't do sound effects). Makes you think twice about getting down to a Brown song. 

Ach, who knows. But if you are not put off by any of my leanings, head to the Scottish Poetry Library website and check out 'Soldier II', held by Roddy Lumsden to be one of the top twenty poems of the year. Who am I to disagree? I would like to make it clear at this point that I love ponies and rainbows, if that helps. Mr Scott Card would not approve - but Liz Tayor and Joan Collins most certainly would.

02 May 2012

Mary Beard is the Thinking Person's Thinking Person

Mary Beard is all. Samantha Brick & AA Gill - shame on you. AA Gill I met your Dad once, he was a gentleman. You, it seems, are not.