15 March 2010

Five Blogs I Like. Chapter 2: The Bloggening

Just over a month ago, I started an occasional series of blog posts under the heading "Five Blogs I Like". Now it's time for another instalment.

Janis Freegard's Weblog: Janis blogs about matters that generally relate to her very fine poetry and fiction. A recent article about Poetry and Gender in New Zealand Publishing was especially interesting.

Incidentally, Janis is the guest reader at the next Poetry Café in Wellington, on Sunday 21 March: 4pm – 6pm, Ballroom Cafe, cnr Adelaide Rd and Riddiford St, Newtown. It's great that Poetry Café has restarted in Wellington, and though I couldn't make the first session, I'm hoping to attend this one.

Joanna Preston: A Dark, Feathered Art: Joanna's poetry collection The Summer King won the 2008 Kathleen Grattan Award, and I interviewed her in 2009. Joanna's blog is frequently provocative. She says what she really thinks - a valuable service to other, more timid souls!

Harvey McQueen: Stoatspring: Harvey is a poet and educationalist whose blog, frequently updated, ranges across Harvey's long involvement in matters poetical, educational and political. I'm looking forward to the imminent release of Harvey's new collection, Goya Rules.

Jack Ross: The Imaginary Museum: Jack is a polymath: a poet, fiction writer, critic and academic with a head full of fascinating and provocative thoughts. His blog posts are mini-essays which range freely across the cultural landscape.

Reading The Maps: Like Jack Ross's blog in breadth of content, but different in tone, Reading the Maps is the work of a trio of bloggers who look at a range of cultural and political issues from a (mostly) non-dogmatic Marxist perspective. Always well-argued, often well-illustrated, and well worth reading.

So far, all the blogs I've highlighted have been from New Zealand. Next time, I'll speed bonny boat like a bird on the wing to foreign parts to investigate five examples of the bloggy goodness to be found there. And that wins the prize for most mangled metaphor hands down.


Janis said...

Thanks very much for the mention, Tim. Might see you at the Poetry Soc.

Janis said...

PS Nice to see a positive comment about your Penguin NZ Short Story Collection story in NZ Books.

Tim Jones said...

Thanks, Janis! I did indeed see you at the Poetry Society - and hope to see you next Sunday as well.

For those who haven't seen it, the review in New Zealand Books (http://www.nzbooks.org.nz/) called my story "The New Neighbours" in the Penguin collection "a bizarre treasure". Ain't that always the best sort?

(NB: I've made a strategic decision to use more folksy language in my blog in response to the success of Sarah Palin. I'm not quite up to the stage of cross-dressing a moose, or whatever it is she does with them, however.)