When Figs Fly – Available Now!

Close-Up Books is proud to announce the release of poetry collection When Figs Fly by Jane Downing!

 

The collection is available in both ebook and print editions (by clicking on the image) and you can sample several poems beneath the blurb:

Australian poet Jane Downing‘s When Figs Fly reveals life in Australia and beyond with a keen eye for poignant details that linger, deftly capturing the beauty of the natural world, the bittersweetness of childhood and memory and exploring the all-too familiar foibles of human nature.

 

Local Positioning System

This corner is where the gutter backs up and the road floods.
It is dry now and everyone will forget until it rains again.

Keep going, up past where kittens popped out of the drain once, summer
balls of fur and eyes, in front of the house where the piano teacher lived;

she said ‘you have the hands of a flautist,’ so my piano lessons didn’t go far.
This line of trees was lopped around when I was in high school,

see how the branches have been cut to make a canyon for the power lines
to pass through. It’s all built up now: No. 32 is on the spot of the Paddock of One Sheep.

They’ve put a second storey on No. 29 and the hedge around No. 26
used to seem like something from a fairytale; things are taller when you are littler.

Turn right at the corner with the apartments. There was a girl who learned the violin,
she lived in the one on the lower left. Mostly windows are blind eyes but at dusk

she’d put the light on, stage lighting her bowing. Exhibitionist. Maybe I was smarting
from my piano teacher’s words, but I see her ghost in the window every time I pass.

It’s a long straight road next. In summer it is the best way to town because of the plane trees
The temperature drops 10 degrees instantly. And in autumn it rains itchy fluff

with the cockatoos up there ravaging the seed balls. No, that’s not a cockatoo.
It’s a scrap of paper in the wind.

Trick Photography

They say these are the days
you’ll remember forever
But you take photos anyway

Then the face in the mirror of the memory
Is not the one in the frame

You are not the little girl
behind the heat haze of cake and candles
You are behind the garage mortified
at finding not one minty in the hunt

But you point the camera at your child anyway
determined to capture a trick of the light
She smiles behind her own singing candles
And you wonder where the memory hides

 

Detention Deficit Disorder

How do you write a poem about Manus and Nauru
We’ve seen the razor wire footage/ listened to the reports
succumbed to Attention Deficit Disorder – look a celebrity died
Will a well chosen image connect
Move someone to action (not me)
like poetry in the old days recited in the heat of revolution
Does this need a personal anecdote
to give it a punch above lecture/harangue
a poignant quote*
A crisis point to bring into focus the human face
that reveals the inhumanity of our country of the Fair Go
turning a willfully blind eye
and blaming the hypocrisy of smiling politicians
Will a reference to Hitler help any (no)
How could the Germans not have known?
It’s not as if we don’t

History will not be kind
An Apology will be too late
Having written a poem will not have been enough

* ‘Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.’ Robert Frost

 

 

Lady Luck – Available Now!

Hello!

Today I’m sharing an awesome sci-fi comedy “Lady Luck”, written by Ben Mariner – the one is the latest release from Close-Up Books and our second science-fiction title so far!

If you think “Part Golden Girls/Part Firefly” sounds like a great pairing then grab it now at the special launch week price of 99c 😀

You can also visit the brilliant cover artist Janet here: @JanetFig_MADJ and check out the full blurb below, or sample chaper one via the link/cover art!

 

The last human left in the Omniverse just happens to be a 75 year old woman, and she’s looking to retire ASAP.

But wanting to put down roots is always cue for adventure to start.

Constance Archer is the last human left in the Omniverse – taken from Earth moments before its destruction and sold into slavery, and even though she eventually escaped and became a damn fine smuggler, she and her crew still find themselves chased from planet to planet a little too often.

When Constance is offered a job that will pay enough to finally let her retire, a job she knows is too good to be true, she just can’t pass up the chance. The gig? Collect and deliver a single shipment from a supposedly deserted planet. That’s it. Only what Constance and her crew find is hardly typical contraband: instead, it’s coffin-like crate replete with bubbling tubing and vital sign monitors.

Constance knows it’s a mistake to take the thing aboard but she has an iron rule: never know what you’re smuggling.

And it’s a rule that has served well her in the past… but will it be enough this time?

Part Golden Girls. Part Firefly. All fun.

Beneath the Ferny Tree – Available Now!

Very proud to announce the release of David Schembri’s horror and dark fantasy collection Beneath the Ferny Tree!

You can grab a copy at any retailer via this link right here and the paperback edition is right around the corner too!

Over here you can learn a little more about David and his other work too, like his first collection Unearthly Fables.

 

Dig into the cold earth, pull away the damp leaves and burrow deep down to uncover true darkness…

Face the horror of war-torn Germany with Edmund as he fights to rescue his family. Confront the same overwhelming dread as Cody, in the midst of a futuristic prison, is haunted by his past and desperate for a chance at redemption. Discover true monsters aboard a slaver’s ship on the high seas and witness a more twisted side to Christmas.

Uncover these and other bleak mysteries in Beneath the Ferny Tree.

 

Stay tuned for a sample 🙂

 

Second Round of Submission Responses Sent

Greetings once more – here’s a second update at last, we’ve now responded to all subs/sent all requests for full manuscripts/contacted those writers who are on the shortlist for our 2019 releases.

In the coming weeks we’ll have some exciting announcements and news to share about the selections, so stay tuned!

Ashley & Brooke