What a whirlwind first quarter 2018! ‘The Measure of Skin‘ is also out from Vagabond Press deciBels 3 series. Thanks to Michelle Cahill and Dimitra Harvey, and to publisher Vagabond Press’ Michael Brennan! Thanks, all, for your support!
‘The Measure of skin navigates the surging waves of anti-identity sweeping the world today, where one’s propensity to stand out in the crowd — because of skin colour and gender persuasion — becomes a howl for acceptance and recognition in the streets where humanity thrives, in the walls where hope breathes, in another’s touch where love resides. They are poems that are not just about love, but of how love and faith in one’s identity transcend the ideals of a normative reality.’
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Ramon Loyola, The Measure of Skin (db3)
“In contemporary Australian poetry we rarely encounter a poetics that attends to homoerotic subjectivity from the uncomfortable position of shared erasure and material suffering. Ramon Loyola’s The Measure of Skin nurtures the elemental strangeness of the other.”
~ Michelle Cahill, editor/author, introducing The Measure of Skin and the other brilliant titles in Vagabond Press‘ new deciBels series. https://vagabondpress.net/blogs/news/db3intro. Now available for order!
‘I am not lovely’ is one of the poems in I Look For You In Other Truths that had a few revisions before it reached its final form. It’s a personal piece, a wish piece, a wear-my-heart-on-my-sleeve moment, something that could only be desired nowadays.
Blank Rune Press has published a couple of my poems as broadsheets and is distributing them around Melbourne and all over, to send the message that people who’ve had it tough never need to be alone. What a great initiative, great compassion and empathy. Thanks, Blank Rune Press and valli poole!
I’m excited that the May 2016 special issue of POETRY Magazine features an all-Australian line up of brilliant poets, including Robbie Coburn, Anthony Lawrence, Luke Davies, Lisa Gorton, Samuel Wagan Watson and Michael Farrell. Still waiting for my copy in the mail. I’m jealous a bit but equally proud to count myself as a fan of these awesome poets/writers.