UNCOLLECTED (2013)

Steve Kilbey - Uncollected Cover

This book collects his previous works "Earthed" (1986), "Nineveh & The Ephemeron" (1999) and "Fruit Machine" (2007), as well as other Kilbey poems from various sources, including some from his blog.

Contents

  1. Earthed - p. 11 [previously published]
  2. Nineveh - p. 82 [previously published]
  3. The Ephemeron - p. 101 [previously published]
  4. Uncollected - p. 150
    • Contract - p. 151 - 24 lines - "expression of neutrality/division of emptiness" [previously published in Small Packages 8]
    • A Visit - p. 152 - 19 lines - "In memoria/where days slip thru your hands" [previously published in Small Packages 8]
    • Short Poem - p. 153 - 11 lines - "I didn't wanna waste your time/reading this/this short poem" [previously published in Small Packages 8]
    • Infernal Avenue - p. 154 - 115 lines - "you hit the pavement at 7.30 a.m./eastern standard time" [previously published in Stylus Poetry Journal #37: Street/Life - June 6, 2010 - Graham Nunn, editor]
    • The Aquatics Are My Stars - p. 158 - 31 lines - "the aquatics are my stars/i dream in real time" [previously published in Small Packages 10]
    • Manifesto - p. 159 - 41 lines - "now i depart in peace and joy/amidst this bloody shambles" [previously published in Small Packages 10]
    • Premodiction - p. 161 - 17 lines - "on a warm day/when the overcast sky hangs suspended in a white blur" [previously published in Small Packages 10]
    • Untitled - p. 162 - 37 lines - "hey/i heard Gill Gamesh/was back in town" [previously published at Bareknuckle Poet (3rd poem on page)]
    • My Life The Poem #1 - p. 164 - 22 lines - "in the mezzanine/out in the powder white light"
    • My Life The Poem #2 - p. 165 - 34 lines - "shadows on a screen/hushed whispered close warm"
    • Orphalese - p. 166 - 32 lines - "the day we left for the voyage/under myrtle trees down in the harbour"
    • For This Moment - p. 167 - 113 lines - "christ, the lamb/softly gentlemen"
    • Magnetic Heaven (the thirteenth flaw and other storeys.) - p. 171 - "The track which leads to the mad family's house is now overgrown..." [previously published in North South East West fanzine Issue 3], including a short untitled poem/story (p. 173 - 3 paragraphs - "Jagged crystals scattered on a reverbed Larks voices superimposed against industry and sobbing.") [previously published in a 1990 fan club newsletter], and another short untitled poem/story (p. 174 - 3 paragraphs - "Deep below the surface of the planet the trapped wind howls and moans in crevices of sandstone and lime.") [previously published in North South East West fanzine Issue 1]
    • Miracle Fallout - p. 175 - 3 paragraphs - "Jesus walks on the surface of the water like an insect...", including a short untitled poem/story (p. 175 - 1 paragraph - "Me and Bill both got jobs working for the Summer Corporation.")
    • The Singer And His Voice - p. 177 - 23 paragraphs - "There was once an incredibly handsome young man..." [contains an errant page break - "Pertaining to the Invocation of Astaroth" is not a separate story but the title on a page in a book of spells by Erskine the magician read by the singer.]
    • "attached" - p. 183 - 4 paragraphs - "* By the shoulders, we are joined, where we might have had wings."
    • Blog entries:

    • my perfect house with no flaws and other storeys (1/25/06) - p. 184 - "My landlady had strange properties...."
    • gargoyles and winged monkeys (2/25/06) - p. 187 - "baby/once i lived in lemuria"
    • a german lesson (6/23/06) - p. 189 - "neumann sat in his observation module"
    • ocelot (7/25/06) - p. 190 - "reedy n me drivin along thru the desert" [no line or page break between this blog entry and the one before]
    • my life in a stolen blogge (10/27/06) - p. 195 - "i was born one stormy september day/in england" [this blog contains an errant page break halfway through]
    • an informal celebration (12/30/06) - p. 199 - "erskine pushed his way thru the lamps and branches"
    • soft blue approach of the water (2/24/07) - p. 203 - "13/13 morningside crescent"
    • dreamhusband (3/23/07) - p. 207 - "barry mundi/dreamhusband"
    • double dutch treat (4/21/07) - p. 209 - "who knows/who knows/anything/not me" [last line/word "rest" is missing]
    • a childrens story (3/21/07) - p. 211 - "chapter 13/poor little steven knew he was good and lost now"
    • lazy sunday afternoon (5/27/07) - p. 214 - "golden sunlight falls on the floor"
    • voyage to remote islands (6/30/07) - p. 218 - "a galleon came into the bay"
    • sinner gog (6/29/07) - p. 221 - "me and odilon redon walking down a street"
    • aperture (6/24/07) - p. 225 - "light/camera/action"
    • with our wings that bark (8/28/07) - p. 230 - "scarlet moon/pretty as you are"
    • dont mention it (8/26/07) - p. 232 - "cascading water/blue cranes circle in the air above"
    • moth (9/30/07) - p. 235 - "a big black moth flew in/from the whirling dusk"
    • X*$ (9/21/07) - p. 238 - "read my zip/you useless stars"
    • root of star (9/20/07) - p. 241 - "in harridans black hall/where father and kathy were waiting"
    • music from a perfect world (11/26/07) - p. 243 - "i propose a new music"
    • again, a flimsy blogge (11/25/07) - p. 245 - "writing songs la la la/jamming good with weird and timmy"
    • not much of a blog today (11/24/07) - p. 249 - "the church are writing some songs in alexandria"
    • futures market (11/23/07) - p. 250 - "kilbey/pumped up on yoga and qi gong"
    • pieces of eight lives (1/24/08) - p. 254 - "no cat/no panther/you were sleeping"
    • autobiodegradable (6/25/08) - p. 256 - "yawn...../i was born in a black lake" [2 lines are missing at the end: "MAYBE THESE BUSDRIVERS / *if you got one"]
    • bio autography (6/24/08) - p. 259 - "i was born a snake hipped love god on the 44th of june"
    • mimeographic day (6/22/08) - p. 262 - "the third and final time i saw you/under beech trees and clotted clouds"
    • inter sceptre (6/20/08) - p. 265 - "the first time i saw you/standing under the rhomboid sun"
    • romance n promises of summer days (11/30/08) - p. 269 - "wonderful spirit continue to guide me/flame on! light the lamp of love"
    • begin ‘is luck (11/27/08) - p. 272 - "nobody knows anything/i travel round this n other worlds"
    • adventures in the din trade (11/25/08) - p. 276 - "sometimes i feel like jus’ making it all up/i mean, who would know"
    • zigger jacket (11/23/08) - p. 282 - "tonite/finally/i will be cool/in my zigger jacket....."
    • anti-lopes (11/24/08) - p. 287 - "shopping in melrose/i point out to kilbey/in alvin aardvarks/a pair of anti-lopes" [no page break between this blog entry and the one before]
    • if problems occur, consult your dealer (11/22/08) - p. 293 - "for one year/every night" [part of the last line - "dreaming this whole thing off" - is cut off]
    • the sangria is clotting (11/21/08) - p. 298 - "memory swirls throughout time/like raspberry juice swirling through triple sec"
    • 2009 (1/1/09) - p. 303 - "2009/uncurls out of the future"
    • gimme a brake! (3/25/09) - p. 305 - "little steven lived in his naive world/at the end of ninny street"
    • superimposition (4/26/09) - p. 309 - "i remember waiting waiting waiting/in swedish graveyards"
    • cadenza (5/30/09) - p. 314 - "one borrowed afternoon/i stumbled out/to find the watercolour world/had changed to acrylic" [part of the last line - "and wait for next may" - is cut off]
    • sub aqueous mosaic (5/29/09) - p. 318 - "youve been sinking monster/youve let go and nothing in this world can stop you"
    • fusty luggs (12/28/09) - p. 321 - "in the big mixup/in the great jumble sail"
    • fortunado (12/26/09) - p. 326 - "december along the trail/christmas day comes on n then goes"
    • saturday night in sydney (3/27/10) - p. 331 - "tonight is the most perfect night/the temperature is finally exquisitely skintone"
    • carapace (5/26/10) - p. 335 - "ceiling whacks/sin city/bad times"
    • sugar bloom (6/19/10) - p. 337 - "soft succinct and sweet/sugar bloom" [part of the last line - "on the very first day" - is cut off]
    • christian wolf (6/18/10) - p. 339 - "a friend of little girls and their grandmothers/i roam these gloomy woods/in my wolfsuit"
    • rant 666— (7/29/10) - p. 341 - "a flat day in 2D/the debris in alleys"
    • aloneliness (8/28/10) - p. 346 - "the boy got that aloneliness again/bewildered in the big city"
    • seventh day adventure (8/27/10) - p. 349 - "we crash outta boredom, pop 2,000"
    • nocturne (8/26/10) - p. 352 - "its like its 1957 or something i dont know/its nighttime its all so cozy"
    • science lesson (8/25/10) - p. 354 - "the human gargoyle gazes down from notre damn"
    • add hock rock n roll (9/30/10) - p. 356 - "fad hacker what a fuckin’ little cracker/the blacker i feel the more real my fake little cake spoutin’ blake"
    • slinger (9/22/10) - p. 358 - "hello friend my old darkness/unable to apply myself properly"
    • seared seer (10/12/10) - p. 364 - "the velvet separates inside the nights mouth/the dream takes out its claws"
    • displacement (11/24/10) - p. 366 - "lamb/i am so angry/i ve been a stupid ive been a clown"
    • unawaking dream (11/21/10) - p. 368 - "oh yes i like things too sweet way too sweet/white sugar honey"
    • in exile (11/18/10) - p. 370 - "when I wake up with my kissed back/someone hassles me over insurance"
    • the imperfectionist (12/26/10) - p. 373 - "the male fire penetrates the female earth/the elusive ether trembles above the submissive invisible air"
    • candy power (12/22/10) - p. 375 - "candy power lives in the night street that runs away into darkness"
    • white shadow (4/20/11) - p. 376 - "its one of those white days/suddenly a sweet aching deep sadness sweeps down around us"
    • fix (5/31/11) - p. 379 - "i was uh down in the city on a miracle street/got on a fuckin’ bus n i took a seat"
    • look back in astonishment (5/30/11) - p. 381 - "why do you come here looking for me/you should know by now that i’m gone"
    • only this (5/27/11) - p. 385 - "sing then o muse oh then sing me a river/sing me a mirror and sing me a sky"
    • new burn (5/20/11) - p. 387 - "was an angular evening/all edges and corners"
  5. Fruit Machine - p. 391 [previously published]

Credits

Cover Painting by Steve Kilbey
Edited by Steve Kilbey, Graham Nunn and Samantha Mayfair
Typography and Design by Samantha Mayfair

Releases

Notes

Steve wrote in detail about this book in his blog on August 11, 2013 ("uncollected dreams and memories").

There is a review of this book at This Charming Mum by Lara Cain Gray.

From the back cover:

Once upon a time Steve Kilbey lived in Mansfield St, Rozelle (Sydney Australia)
in an old terrace house. It was 1986, he would sit around in his kitchen
banging out poetry. He wanted a poetry book because that's what popstars did
that had done everything else, they released a poetry book or two.
Dylan, Bolan, Lennon...
If it was good enough for them, then it was good enough for him.

 

Musician, painter, writer, poet, sage, dispenser of arcane wisdom,
and much loved national treasure. A songwriter of many musical tongues,
from the sprawling guitar thunderstorms of his band 'The Church',
to the opiated dronescapes and psychedelic vision of his solo recordings
and paintings. Kilbey can only be referred to as a polymath: a modern day
renaissance man, a consummate musician and hitmaker. His fans have been
treated to an unrivalled catalogue of material for over 33 years.

 

'The Time Being" brings you 'Uncollected" by Steve Kilbey.
A deluxe edition of his books - Earthed, Nineveh, The Ephemeron,
Fruit Machine and other selected works, all in one neat and tidy volume.