Readings from Drawing a Diagram

I thought potential readers (or even actual readers) might like to hear me read a few of the poems. So here we are.

(Drawing a Diagram available on Amazon UK for £11.48 and Amazon US for $14.00 or directly from me)

 

 

On the Movements of Bodies

 

http://biochemical-pathways.com/#/map/1

 

Please Hold

 

Whitby Gothic

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Drawing a Diagram – available directly from me

I now have copies of Drawing a Diagram available to purchase directly from me, ahead of the official launch event.

If you’d like a copy in the UK, it’s £11 including p&p (£10 if I can drop it off to you personally). Let me know if you want me to sign it!

If you use paypal you can pay directly and easily via paypal.me/RosemaryBadcoe and send me an email via the form. If you don’t like paypal, drop me an email and we’ll arrange something. See below for full book contents.

What do you get for your money? 7131 words, arranged in the best possible order in 55 poems, including this one, published in Oxford Poetry:

Please Hold

To hear this message again, press one.
To scrunch the phone between your ear and shoulder
while leaning sideways, pulling on your boot

and not have the door swing wide to dump you
on the floor, press two. To have a rest from
Dolly Parton crackling down the line, press three.

Press four to indicate you’re searching for a meaning.
Press again for a selection of solutions we’ve prepared,
running all the way from fundamentalist

to a neo-atheistic multiverse where you can
revel in the expectation that the other yous
are making love to [insert idol here].

If you’re able to explain, defend or merely
grant that you were wrong, press five.
Contrition will reduce the length of time you spend

on hold. A signed confession (pressing six)
means you can skip directly to the sentencing
and miss out seven. Never go for eight.

There is no number nine, no nine-nine-nine.
We’re not up to handling crises at this
time of night. Press hash to indicate that that

is what you’ve made of things. Now cease
to give a toss. You’re born of stellar nucleosynthesis.
You’ve higher things to do than listen here.
Go fulfil your destiny. Press star.

Contents


I     The Wiring Plan

On the Movements of Bodies
Timepieces
Curiosity
A rainbow is not an object and cannot be physically  approached
Shooting the Breeze
Remoteness
SETI
The International Celestial Reference Frame
Bats
Earth-bound
Arm’s Length
The Star Goat Reaches for the Earth
http://biochemical-pathways.com/#/map/1
The Last Fig Tree
Soundings
Mars
It Must be Science
My Arguments

II   The Director’s Cut

Please Hold
Extended Version
Dialogue I
Cottongrass
Moll
Carpentry at Midnight
Romances
Dialogue II

Auto-Ekphrasis
Appropriation
Whitby Gothic
Dialogue III
Nocturne for Suburbia
Luck
Elementary Catastrophe Theory
Ideal
The Minoans
DisclaimerIII   The Last Act

Happy Enough
Ripeness
Aftershock
Preserving
Origami’d
Remind Me
Wake
Inked
Fall of the Cards
One Down
Jumper
Tollund Woman
Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning
Waltzing Without Music
Boarding
Adrift
Stasis
The One That Got Away
The Last Act

 

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