by Eugen Bacon
Literary vignettes on the everyday. Preface by award-winning author and distinguished scholar Dominique Hecq.
a singing tree dancing to a playful breeze, petals strewn on handmade grass pillows, the brand new ‘No!’ from the mouth of a toddler, a swollen river serpenting decades of feud. It is perspective, aspirations, clarity, mystifications, spillage, expositions, scarcity, fragmentations, memorial, variations. It is nonchalant, welcome, poised, uncanny, myriad, wistful. It is a moment by the seaside at St Kilda Beach, luminescent sand between our toes, the poetics of a dawn tide pivotal to our playground, the hush of you and me in the whirligigs of the sea, our anxious thrill at the cusp of a new literature. A sombre impulse to walk away. It is the yesterdays, todays and tomorrows that make up the everyday vignettes in this chapbook.
Preface by award-winning author and distinguished scholar Dominique Hecq.
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Eugen M. Bacon is a computer graduate mentally re-engineered into creative writing and has published over 100 short stories. Eugen’s creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Award Winning Australian Writing, AntipodeanSF, Andromeda, Aurealis, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Breach, Bukker Tillibul, Every Day Fiction, Farther Stars Than These, Horrified Press anthologies, 4 Star Stories, Mascara Literary Review, Meniscus, TEXT, Parentheses, The Victorian Writer, the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild – A Hand of Knaves Anthology and through Routledge in New Writing.
Bacon does not rely solely on the emotional journey of romantic relationships to build her prose. loveSTRUCK is broken up into three parts: ‘Eros’, ‘Agape’, and ‘Caritas’. Eros and agape are Greek terms: eros most commonly represents sexual and romantic love...
Bacon’s strongest writing is within ‘Eros’. These are the poems that speak to my partiality for this genre. The writing is striking, blatant, and weaves images of romance and love, taking these every day words and creating moments for the reader to vividly imagine: ‘Last night she was a moon goddess, all aglow and the gravity of her protoplanet pulling at his Earth; stirred up tides that bulged and dropped, lit his world as he came’. Bacon’s prose is explicit and implicit, erotic and emotional. It is, quite simply, engaging and compelling. (Josephine Carzo)
Among Eugen Bacon's new offerings is a chapbook loveStruck, the poetic prose of which I find empowering and invigorating.
A charming series of vignettes - portals of experience, imagination, perception, mystique - complete with singing trees and dawn tides, it includes such delectable lines as: 'a gilded sun cartwheels with the world out yonder, as the tram ting tings! and groans its way into a vigorous city' (p.56); 'the hush of you and me in the whirligigs of the sea, our anxious thrill at the cusp of a new literature' (p.8); 'You purr abandoned in sleep, peaceable like a tot, chin cradled to palm, in the indulgent cream of a feather eiderdown' (p.15); 'The goddess... she told me it is a drink from a chalice overflowing with milk-white blood and sunburnt honey and you will speak in tongues' (p.48).
Featuring a preface by award-winning author/scholar Dominique Hecq and an eclectic mix of pics, this lush, glossy, elegant, ebony, slim volume slides lightly into the hand, and opens like moth wings rushing to a flame, drawn by a street sign spelling Love, broken yet impossibly still hot, lit up from within. There the book hovers, gleaming and glowing between genres, ageless and free of category, liberated and sweet as a freestone peach.
Eugen Bacon is a multi-award winning African-Australian author who has published over 100 stories in multiple anthologies.
One of Australian Fairy Tale Society's latest members, she recently sold her PhD novel A Woman’s Choice (literary speculative fiction) to a publisher Meerkat Press, based in Atlanta. Find it here. Meanwhile, we are ever so proud that she has agreed to contribute to our fairy tale compendium, too!
Discover her writing if you dare, at Eugen Bacon's website
Take this poet's advice, and be sure to pluck yourself 'figs and almonds and pomegranates... pour wine from the 'sun-gorged fruit of the Barossa Valley' (p.11). While you're at it, I recommend my own salves for the soul: dab your kitchen with lemon myrtle oil, love cats, bathe in a tub of butterballs sprinkled with lavender, and breathe deeply of a rose. All in the name of literary luxury.
Review by Louisa John-Krol