Mark David Cooper

writer

Shigeru’s Cave shortlisted for Live Canon 2014

September 30, 2014

Poetry news! ‘Shigeru’s Cave’ has been shortlisted for this year’s Live Canon International poetry competition. It’s a series of three Italian sonnets imagining one of the fathers of modern gaming, Shigeru Miyamoto, as a kind of schoolboy hermit exploring Platonic territories. Miyamoto is (of course) the creator of the Super Mario Bros. and Legend of […]

A philistine visits Tate St. Ives

September 14, 2014

However spellbinding the exhibitions at the Tate St. Ives, I’ve always felt that nothing can beat the view of Porthmeor beach from the upper gallery. Pulling your attention away from the indigo waves you’ll notice fascinating sculptures and paintings encased in glass, such as Alfred Wallace’s slanted and enchanted daubings of his life at sea. The thought occurred to […]

Roshi Returns

September 9, 2014

I’ve written another story for The Book of Almost Truths. Roshi returns from his adventures in the desert to climb the mysterious tower that defeated him in his youth. After years of wandering amid the beauty of the desert, the thrill of the forest, and the warmth of great cities, Roshi returned to the tower he had […]

Isabel’s Curious Machine

September 6, 2014

Williams Carlos Williams said that a poem is a machine made out of words. That’s a fitting way to describe Isabel Rogers’ poem ‘John’s Curious Machines': a very efficient, inspired machine designed to evoke John Harrison’s ingenious marine chronometers. These highly precise clocks kept time even in rough, varied weather at sea, making it possible for a ship’s navigator to determine its […]

The St. Ives to Zennor Coast Path

September 4, 2014

I walked the coast path with Hugh today. Hugh is a writer and artist whose poems appeared in The Inner Sea. It started foggy and cool but by midday the morning haze had retreated to the horizon. We saw a seal surface to watch the waves rustle through the carracks, and a stonechat flitting and chirping about the rocks. […]

Gear talk

September 3, 2014

It’s funny how our preferences change. After summarising my musical modus operandi a few weeks ago it all felt a bit too set in stone. I’ve been resistant to switching to Ableton Live, thinking that it was more efficient and unique to keep plowing my own furrow on Cubase. However, I want to collaborate with a […]