Writing update 2024 (2/4)

Ornithological illustration of a perching bird of prey seen in profile

Halfway through the year I’ve been happy to continue with the run of surreal micropoetry month by month along with some longer pieces in Star*Line, Dreams and Nightmares, and Sein und Werden. Even better was to see my first piece to appear in Eternal Haunted Summer – a short prose piece with mythic resonances.

My poem [it is not] which appeared in the Heliosparrow Poetry Journal last January was awarded a Special Award for Micronarrative by their editors.

I am pleased to report that my speculative micropoems from 2023 [by the fridge], [egoless at last], [tick], and [under] have been selected for the 2024 Dwarf Stars Award and will soon be appearing in the printed anthology.


  • Something Something Nothing - dadakuku 2 April 2024
  • “for you darling”, “Fearsome predators”, “312th floor”, “the bodies hang out tin cups”, and “jewelled knees” – Five Fleas April 15, 2024
  • “the palps” - Heliosparrow Poetry Journal, April 15 2024
  • “we couldn’t sleep” - Heliosparrow Poetry Journal, April 15 2024
  • “Syrtis was breached” - Heliosparrow Poetry Journal, April 15 2024
  • For moderate to severe agita, - dadakuku April 18


  • “A Clarification” – Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, May 2024
    Magazine cover showing a man holding a saw looming against a window illuminated by lightning. Two contorted arms are in the foreground
  • “On an ark pilot”, “Aboriginals’ Revenge”, “To Dust”, and “Occam’s razor shaves society” – Star*Line 47.2
  • “in tissue temples”, “the alloy steel hips”, “my mistress’s eyes”, and “glass, vodka-clear” Five Fleas
  • What books don’t say – dadakuku, May 25, 2024


  • A line of prayers – Shot Glass Journal 43
  • Flowers for Great-great-great-great-grandmother – Dreams and Nightmares, May 2024
  • nothing but tail lights…Under the Basho
  • The Thylacine Manifesto – Sein und Werden “To Settle a Score”
  • Swarming season – dadakuku, June 15th
  • Some other waxwing – Eternal Haunted Summer Summer Solstice 2024
  • “the seventh galaxy…”, “with each tiptoe”, and “neosilk rubbed” – Five Fleas, June 27, 2024
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