About this title.
In September 2009 I underwent surgery to remove three skin cancers from the left side of my face. A simple enough procedure involving the peeling back of my cheek, the excision of the offending carcinomas and some pretty fancy embroidery to pull the whole thing back together. Great job, Mr Plastic Surgeon, for which I thank you sincerely. However, some unruly cells had apparently gone feral, and the oncologist recommended a course of radiation treatments to ensure these bad little guys didn’t make good their escape. So far so good. As my wife and I live in rural Colville on the northern Coromandel Peninsula, I was offered a bed in the Lions Cancer Lodge at Waikato Hospital for the five weeks of my treatment. I can tell you that I wasn’t looking forward to spending all that time stuck in a dreary environment with a bunch of sick people... how utterly melancholy, I thought. How utterly wrong I was.
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About this Author.
69 years old, poet/writer, my first volume of illustrated poetry was published in 2005 by Zenith Publishing. Second book of illustrated poetry, Rat atouille for the rindless, together with Australian artist Dave Freeman, was published using Zenith's excellent Publishme website in 2007.
I've been widely published in magazines, ezines and anthologies internationally. Notable are: Stylus magazine, Australian Reader, Razar, Sam Smith's Select Six, Illuminations, Whispers of Wickedness, Scifaiku, the NZPS's haiku anthology 2006, and Raewyn Alexander's own all-NZ Magazine. I also have a short story/essay in the 2007 Te Ara Encyclopedia of NZ.
In March 2009 I published an illustrated anthology of speculative poetry called Anomalous Appetites. There are two other books and an anthology currently under way.