About Jodi Cleghorn

Author, poet, card-slinger and wayshower. Debut novel "PostMarked: Piper's Reach" (co-written with Adam Byatt) out July 2019 with Vine Leaves Press.

Postcardia-cum-Poetica #102

Camilla D’Errico’s Weeping Swans (2008) with words from The Time Traveler’s Wife.

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The Starling Requiem: Happy Publication Day

TSRcoverIt has been a very long time between drinks for me as a published author. In fact, it was this time last year I made the decision to turn my back on writing – as I had known it – to walk away from the public eye, and it has been over the course of the past 12 months of ‘not being a writer’ that I have found my way back to writing – for me, my way.

So, it’s with immense delight that I launch The Starling Requiem today, a 11,500 word novelette.
 
 

Anikó has a new life as an author, supported for a year by a meager grant. By day, she writes the novel the Government commissioned. By night, she writes a novel the Government would never endorse. To stave off loneliness and hunger, she joins a study mapping the neural pathways of narratives, and it is there, in the Science Partition, she meets the enigmatic and paranoid E. When E goes missing, Anikó is forced to walk the liminal space between her old life and new to find him. The search unearths cutting-edge, pre-revolution technology that promises both resurrection and revolt in the real and imagined worlds.

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It is available here as a digital only, for immediate download as either an epub or mobi file for $2.99

A very big thank you to Kim, Cat and Rob who all helped during the writing, editing and proof reading process. With them as my pit crew I was able to believe I had the writing chops to pull off this story.

Postcardia-cum-Poetica #101

Midnight. Trent Parke by himself. Menindee, Australia (2003) with words from Invisible Cities.

And just to prove the awesome beauty of serendipitous random draws… here are the fragments as they came out the bag.

Postcardia-cum-Poetica #100

When I began pasting poems to my weekly postcards, numbering and sharing them here, I didn’t expect that I would accumulate 100, or that 100 would feel more like shifting out of first gear and into second.

At the worst of things, creatively, these weekly poetic pairings have kept my flame alive. In the best of times, they’ve been a celebration of from the incredible ideas and projects that grow from something bigger!!

Here’s the most recent. And below it. The very first Postcardia missive. I had forgotten it started with hand coloured postcards!!!

Pebbles, JoJo and Ro on Baxter Street, from the series Prince Street Girls, by Susan Meiselas, New York (1978). Words from If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler.

Postcardia-cum-Poetica #99

Festival of Britain furnishing fabrics by John Barker for David Whitehead and Sons Ltd (1951) with words from my soon-to-be-released novelette The Starling Requiem.

Postcardia-cum-Poetica #97

I forgot to note down the photographer and the attributes of the image because I didn’t log them here immediately. All I remember is that it is of a plague of fruit bats in Australia! Words are from Invisible Cities.