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‘mileage’ from not poems, just words

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‘A Rendering of Genes’ – new poem on Verity La

On a day full of surprises, this certainly is one of the highlights. A brand new poem, ‘A Rendering of Genes’ has just appeared on Verity La‘s Heightened Talk. It’s a poem with various shapes and sizes, of different (and yet the same) colours. Thrilled to bits about it. Thanks, Verity La!

Check it out HERE.

(Image copyright: ‘self portrait’, Ramon Loyola)

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‘Touch me where it hurts’ poem gets a mention in a great interview

Michael H. Broder of Indolent Books and the HIV Here & Now Project singles out my poem, ‘Touch Me Where It Hurts’. Thrilled to be part of this important project. Thanks, Michael!

Check out the poems and Michael’s interview with TheBody.com HERE.

(HIV Here & Now Project logo courtesy of Michael H. Broder.)

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When a publisher comes a-calling

The writer’s journey towards getting published is a difficult path. And the minute a publisher offers to pay you for your writing, it’s time to rejoice. Be wary, but rejoice nevertheless. I’ve only started legal writing five or six years ago. It can be one of the most tedious writing chores one can get into, but not if you love making the complex realities of the law into professional but simple language. For me, it was the push I needed to rekindle my desire for creative writing. To this day, the passion for writing anything creative (be it fiction, non fiction or poetry) is rooted to what I do as a legal author. Last week, I was offered (well, okay, I re-pitched for it, big time) a brand new Publishing Agreement to continue writing more stuff as a legal/academic/scholarly author for Thomson Reuters Australia. The pay is not big, but I get to keep all the royalties this time (I had to share the royalties with two other authors who have now left the writing team) and is enough to feed me on a month-to-month basis (translate: enough pay to cover my food and sundries each month). It’s also not creative writing. But who’s to say I can’t put some creativity in writing about legal decisions and the law? So this is to thank all my lucky stars for bringing me more confidence and more writing work. This is to all the writers out there finding their way towards more creativity. May this blessing spread far and wide.

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Poem of the day at Dymocks Adelaide

As NaPoWriMo 2016 draws to a close, I am delighted to know that some things never really become old. On 2 April, the second day of April’s National Poetry Month, Dymocks Adelaide kindly featured ‘For Which I Walk‘ from I Look For You In Other Truths as the poem of the day on their Facebook page (THANKS!). Warms my heart to think my words are still breathing. CLICK HERE for the Dymocks Adelaide Facebook link.

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‘Some Parts’, new poem on BLUEPEPPER

I’m stoked that BLUEPEPPER: Poetry with Bite has accepted and published a poem of mine, ‘Some Parts‘. I wrote it as a mirror evaluation of identity and self. Thanks, Bluepepper!

Check it out here: http://www.bluepepper.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/new-poetry-by-ramon-loyola.html

(Image courtesy and copyright of BLUEPEPPER and Justin Lowe.)

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More books in a (shoe)box

These are cute, little pocketbooks of my short story, ‘Words That Don’t Mean Anything‘ published and released by In Short Publishing Company (Melbourne, Victoria). I can’t get over how cute and handy they are.

You can order your own copy through In Short Publishing Company’s online store (hopefully in store soon in various retailers).

http://www.inshortpublishing.com/shop1/uncategorized/words-that-dont-mean-anything/

(Image courtesy of In Short Publishing Company’s H. Cox and J. Crupi.)

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