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May 14, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Posted in blogging, links, memoirs | 12 Comments
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I had so many good ideas for a post today.

I wanted to thank Harmonie for her kind words about “The Puzzle Box” and say how much I enjoy seeing photos of it in different situations in different countries. For some reason the photos make me feel a strange and unique variety of happiness.

I wanted to thank Graham Nunn for buying a copy and assure the long streak of poetry cool that only the most honest of feedback is of any use.

I wanted to let you all know that I was on the radio in the USA again, courtesy of the best resource for contemporary spoken word poetry on the web, Wordsalad.

I wanted to continue The Masters Of Prose Style. Chico Mahalo is a master of what I call ‘invisible craft’, in that the prose is so good it disappears and only the voices and the story remain. He is also one of the best examples of writers-who-blog whose writing is good enough to be published anywhere, if the editors and agents of the world weren’t so lazy that they won’t go looking. They complain about the number of submissions they receive and the size of their slush piles but all they would have to do is forget about submissions, read a few blogs and the problem would be solved. Of course then they wouldn’t have people ‘submitting’ to them all the time and they would have to ask nicely instead which would take all the joy out of the job.

Chico Mahalo, master of modern prose, A Persistent Illusion.

And finally I wanted to say, woohoo, 24 hours til beer o’clock, rage on, I say,



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  1. Wow… I’m running out of ways to describe your Generosity and Kindness… truly appreciate this, Paul… you probably already had your brewski, now let me go have mine…


  2. It is now safely in my hands Paul and I will be spending some time inside the Puzzle Box real soon. Hope the beverage is fizzy. G

  3. Cheers!!

  4. Thanks for letting me know about Chico. Quite a writer. It is frustrating to me that so many of the great writers on the blogs like him (and you and Jason), don’t get the recognition they deserve.

    A world where editors and agents ask nicely? You know pigs are flying up there with the birds when that happens. I’d like to see it, though. I really would.

  5. Thank you for introducing me to Chico Mahalo. His work is far better than much that is “published.”

  6. beer o’clock..isn’t it 5 o’clock somewhere 🙂

  7. Okay – I am *SO* going to have to take a photograph of your book and post it, Paul. The moment will have to be right, but when inspiration strikes…

  8. wine o’clock for me – w00t! 😀 *hic* cheers

  9. Congrats on the radio gig – hope you’re enjoying a few cold ones now! 🙂
    And thanks for the introduction to Chico Mahalo – wow.

  10. Here’s to you and your magical talent. Rage on, I echo. *big hug* – Mimi.

  11. yep, rage on…

  12. (raising my beer bottle,)
    No need for thanks, pleasure’s all mine.

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