OI: poewemz bii tom see (2004)***

In 2004 I had the bright idea of starting up a poetry imprint for Cordite Poetry Review: Cordite On Demand (or COD). It was a short-lived venture, to say the least, but we did publish two books, and also set up an equally short-lived website.

The first book published by COD was the idiosyncratically titled OI: poewemz bii tom see (2004), which was actually written by Tom Clark, with illustrations by Charles Lake. The poems in the book are written in Tom’s trademark phonetic style: see ‘Heet’, which was published in Cordite’s first issue in print, for an example.

The book itself was designed to mimic the shape and size of a record cover, with the titles printed on the back as if it was an album rather than a book. Looking back, this was definitely an exercise in discovery: trying to work out how to design and format an object that was true to the author’s style and personality.

OI: poewemz bii tom see (2004)

Goalden aij
Dhe paasing uv jaimz bond
Dhe Wautuweel
Daivi joenzez lokur
Dhu blak and green skaerkroe
U praer fur joniy
Evurest (audio) 
Wen niits berden faulz
Dubul disuloushen kiit
Henliy beetc
In praiz uv patenz

About the author

Davey Dreamnation (1972–?) is an Australalian musician, vocalist, pirate and record-label owner who now lives 'in the third person'.

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