When PS Cottier submitted her poem ‘Silver-eyes and figs’ to the first issue of extempore , we loved it immediately. When we saw John Ryrie‘s work, we knew straight away that his striking prints were perfect for our first issue–so perfect that we featured one of them on the cover. Both these contributors have rich creative lives outside extempore and they’ve both separately shared exciting news with us, which we in turn are very happy to share with you!
PS Cottier’s book The Glass Violin, published by Ginninderra Press is to be launched in February. If the poems we’ve already seen are anything to go by, this is going to be one of our favourite poetry collections for 2009 (early days, but we know what we like). We’ll keep you updated on launch news as we get it, and watch the extempore website for opportunities to purchase the collection.
From a recent review on the Reiter’s Block blog:
Australian poet P.S. Cottier truly does see the universe in a grain of sand–as well as in a tram ticket, a Caesarian scar, the names of Australian military operations, a shabby bear in the Soviet zoo, a wren visiting a dead friend’s garden, and myriad other small details of modern life that she turns into windows on the human condition, in verses both whimsical and profound.
Meanwhile, the wonderful printmaker John Ryrie, with his own expressive and whimsical approach to the human form and the human condition is exhibiting this month at the Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale in Victoria. The exhibition is of recent work and is open from 10 January to 8 March at the Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale 68-70 Foster Street, Sale, Victoria. Telephone: (03) 5142 3372 The Gallery is open weekdays 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. Entry is free.
So, congrats to both of them… and we can tell you right now… Shhhh! … we’re going to have a little bit more from both of them in Issue 2 (we couldn’t resist!)