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PRESS RELEASE – The Howl that still shakes the world

image2The Howl that still shakes the world

Bareknuckle Poet launches its first annual anthology at Avid Reader on 9th October with global 60th anniversary celebrations of Ginsberg’s seminal work.


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Bareknuckle Books’ first annual poetry + fiction + nonfiction anthology launches at 6pm on the 9th October at Avid Reader Bookshop, West End with global 60th anniversary celebrations of Ginsberg’s seminal work.

Bareknuckle Books has gathered together some of the best authors working today in its first annual poetry, fiction and nonfiction anthology; including Robert Adamson, MTC Cronin, Anthony Lawrence, John Tranter and Reg Mombassa. The anthology also features an officially licensed reprint of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl in its entirety.



The anthology launchs at the HOWL & the Six Gallery reading at Avid Reader, West End, which is part of an international series of poetry readings celebrating the anniversary of Ginsberg’s classic. A.G Pettet MC’s the Brisbane event, with readings of new original work by Anthony Lawrence, Bronwyn Lea, Brentley Frazer and Eleanor Jackson.


Bareknuckle Books is a daring and innovative new Brisbane based publisher that champions the editorial principle to ‘only publish what we fall in love with’. Launched in 2014 they are already garnering a name for hunting out new work from great writers, both emerging and established.


List of contributing authors: L. Ward Abel, Robert Adamson, Venero Armanno, Melissa Ashley, Lisa Marie Basile, Mandy Beaumont, Sally Breen, MTC Cronin, B. R. Dionysius, Maria C. Dominguez, Martin Edmond, Michael Farrell, Toby Fitch, Brentley Frazer, Claire Gaskin, Allen Ginsberg, Matt Hetherington, Eleanore Jackson, Anthony Lawrence, Alexandra McCallum, Tim McGabhann, Laura Jean Mckay, Corey Mesler, Reg Mombassa, A. G. Pettet, Mark Pirie, Rufo Quintavalle, Kris Saknussemm, Gary Snyder, David Stavanger, Todd Swift, John Tranter, Joanna C. Valente, Samuel Wagan Watson, Fakie Wilde, Mark Young, Ali Znadi + More



Mark Pirie ~ Poems

markpiriepoemsThe Entrance

Over here friend
			Just swim over here
There, do you feel better now?
			I have been waiting for you
Yes, I want to tell you something

Come, listen!
	take this goddess
	  she means nothing
        	     to me, drink
    		my wine
you see,
the world
 distant frames of energy

a montage of power

careful your 
  arms, legs and
   fingers have new
     meaning now

Climb out of the valley,
  Progress any which way you must,
     We wish you all the best

Oh you have fallen

–   are you hurt?

Just a scratch

Trespassing in Dionysia

enter the
dream tides
of nectar
and brine
where crumbling
give way to banqueting air
imparting sacred pyres
for the libation rites
once there reach
the city of Dionysia
time to celebrate
drunken prophesies
‘the myths of the ages’
all around poets and
playwrights, the
servants of Dionysus

sparse images
movements and sounds
capture the senses
like the subtlest plot
and the gods
speak or do they test?

unlock the deadbolt dream

trespass in Dionysia
witness the death rites

Adonis’s Quest

this is not an
ordinary walk
this walk is
frosted with purpose
you see I’m
climbing up a hill
and when I reach
the top I will
be naked
and in full view
of Aphrodite
but I’m not afraid
to be seen by her
you see I understand
her secret.

Bullshit & Poetry

I wear
the words
‘Fuck you!’
on my
I’m a
radical loser
– an All Blacks
Supporters Club Member.
I lie.
Don’t listen to me.
I write bullshit
& poetry.
I’m a dying
son of a gun.
Forget me,
journey on to the
sun-lit kingdom,
dilute your senses,
and the cure
will be yours.

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