TPR Is Lit
We all have our secrets. Certain leverages against ourselves kept hidden from even our conscious thoughts. They can be powerful enough to make enemies of allies and allies from enemies. As E.W. Howe said, “The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.” In Tim Keppel’s The Accomplice see how much one man is willing to compromise to keep a secret that’s no longer his.
From a work in progress described by the poet as “the oblique diary of a time-travelling rake or a pack [proper collective term] of rakes”, Matthew Caley’s Arboretum is a series of fleeting moments, ephemeral encounters expressed through the characteristics of the trees which enclose them. Lustful, bathetic, sublime… With its swooping rhymes, this five sonnet string demonstrates Caley’s joy in and precision with language.
“In 1989, the world changed. The Berlin Wall came down and Nelson Mandela walked free. In Czechoslovakia, they elected a dissident playwright president; like the Fisher King, he would heal the land of 40 years of violation and sing the people's hearts alive with the songs of Frank Zappa, Lou Reed and The Residents.” So begins journalist Sam Seton's paean to the zlaté město of Prague, where expatriates from the world over came together in a milieu many compared to 1920s Paris. Between art and alchemy, corruption and addiction, she finds some truths about passion, politics, brave new worlds - and the people in them. The following is an excerpted chapter from Kit Kimberely's forthcoming novel The Last Bohemians.
Jim Davis sketches scenes with a crispness and precision which allows complexity into seemingly simple surfaces of life. Presenting two different but complementary poems, we offer a glimpse at the range of this exciting emerging voice. Although in Expectation he tells us, "from the edge of the universe, the earth is nothing“, his insightful poems prove just how detailed and varied our world and our experiences can be