Steve Simpson's remarkable collection of poetry and illustrations is dream-like, playful and wildly inventive. Here is a selection of the beings within:
The detective, who carelessly morphs into birds and insects, and cannot choose between brooding and moping, until a stylish grayscale client with retrolescent highlights appears.
Proteus, Homo Sapiens Beta, who discovered fire and put it out, who created a rudimentary encyclopedia that he pedaled across Gondwanaland on weekends.
Millie, the intrepid librarian, unperturbed by the Dark Solarian or the fearsome kilowasp, who insists that her underlings pay for bibliotactical losses.
The adorable Deija Vitro, Martian Princess of Glass, whose fans line the streets waving Windex spray. Wollongong will never be the same, because her armies have razed it to the ground. "No one will miss it," she reassured an infatuated follower.
About the Author
Steve Simpson lives in Sydney, and he's never been able to work out exactly what he does, although he would probably feed the cat if he had one. His poetry and short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, and in the visual arts, works created with his image evolution software have been shown at several exhibitions. In the sciences, he's published over 200 research papers, most recently in clinical neurology, where he's developed a unique system for visualising mental states via EEG. Awards include the Peter Doherty Innovation Prize, for technology to make vehicles safer.
"Illustrated, the purpose of reality: lunar comes in patterns and texture, a dreamlike evanescence of long poems, baby poems, poems within poems, prose poetry and verse stories boldly layered in inventiveness. . . . The collection is experimental, daring. It invites the mind to be an improbable phoenix in a poetry cycle of recurring characters and themes. Dimensions of memory and forgetting. Probability. Improbability. Familiarity. Alienation. It's a lucid shrine of irreality on a pillowslip." -Eugen Bacon, Aurealis Magazine, #152