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

David Prater is an Australian-born writer, editor and parent. His interests include mince pies, ice hockey and Joy Division.

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