Brand new #poetry #audiobook – get it #free with Audible 30 day trial

FreezeFrameAudioMP3Well it’s finally here – the FREEZE FRAME international poetry anthology has been re-mastered and is now on sale on Amazon, iTunes and Audible.

The brainchild of the poet Oscar Sparrow, he invited 5 other poets from around the world to write a collection of poems that would ‘freeze the frame’ on our bustling lives.  In addition to their written words, each poet recorded a performance of each poem.  To complete the project, a talented young pianist composed a theme for the anthology with individual motifs for each poet.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to hear works read aloud by these poets, in their own inimitable styles that really bring the poetry to life.

If you would like to get this audio book for FREE here are two suggestions ( you could do both of course!):

1. Sign up for a FREE 30 day trial membership on Audible and get FREEZE FRAME for FREE too. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

2. Get a FREE copy to download from Amazon.  We have a number of ‘review copies’ to give away – we are doing this via a draw, to make it fair.  The first draw will take place at the end of September.  Click here to enter:    a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Oscar Sparrow, Paul Tobin, Jo VonBargen, Claude Nougat, Candy Bright and Jefferson Hansen on a great audio project.

Find the audio, print and kindle versions here too:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

The Proof of the Pudding is in the Freeze Frame

We were all excited when the proof copy of FREEZE FRAME landed on the doormat four days earlier than anticipated.  We love digital media but there is nothing like holding the real thing in your hand and flicking through those pristine pages.

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It’s almost there – a couple of changes and we’re good to go.

We’ve also formatted the e-book for Smashwords, so in a couple of weeks from now FREEZE FRAME will be available for just about every e-reading device known to man e.g. Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Apple, iPad, Android, Sony, EPUB etc etc. as well in traditional tactile format.

Both the e-book and print book include the free link to the audio recordings of FREEZE FRAME – a one hour poetry fest where each poet performs their poems – a real treat!

Find the book currently on Amazon HERE

Cover Reveal – Freeze Frame Anthology

Today marks the beginning of an exciting week as the first stage of our latest book launch gets underway and we reveal the graphics for the FREEZE FRAME anthology. Edited by Oscar Sparrow, this collection includes an international array of authors: two Americans, Jo VonBargen and Jefferson Hansen, three Brits, Paul Tobin, Candy Bright and Oscar plus a Citizen of the World Claude Nougat.

Without further ado, here is the artwork for the digital version which will be launched on Amazon worldwide on the 21st December…

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As part of the general festivities we have also revealed the Facebook Fan Page for the book which is available here: http://www.facebook.com/FreezeFrameAnthology

If you give the page a ‘like’ we’ll keep you up to date with news about the book, its launch program and the authors.

Next up will be the  ‘Music Reveal’ – the first public playing of the original piano track commissioned to head up this anthology.  Watch, or rather listen, to this space…

Freeze Frame Anthology. Featured Poet, Claude Nougat.

For the fifth poet in the Freeze Frame Anthology, Oscar Sparrow chose Claude Nougat – a true Citizen of the World as you will see in his interview with her below…

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Amongst the madness of it all, Mankind Incorporated does have a management structure.  Largely it is invisible and a glance at the news could lead you to think that there was no one at the helm. Behind the scenes there are the economists, planners and executives who keep the show going. A read through of Claude’s CV would leave you in no doubt as to her capabilities. In her professional life she was an economist working on project evaluation for the U.N. She speaks several languages, is a novelist, a painter, journalist, blogger extraordinaire and of course a poet. You can check out her full palmares, book list and gallery here.

I first encountered Claude when I chanced upon her blog. She ranges across the worlds of  politics, economics,the arts, publishing and current affairs. These days she is my Numero Uno source of guidance on the subject of world affairs. She is so truly international by virtue of her upbringing and career that she has a unique non tribal neutrality that is like radar in a fog.

For her contibution to Freeze Frame, she set out into the streets of Rome to write a series of poems based around locations and monuments frozen in their own era, yet speaking forward into our time with their eternal lessons. The poems and her physical voice combine to create a completely unique work which I cannot wait to reveal. She delivers her poetry with an inimitably coolDSC04557 accent and a sense of calm humanity and intelligence of which I would be utterly envious; were I not a poet of course and above such things!

Rather than a poem, I am adding one of Claude’s own paintings that she created  for the cover of her novel A Hook In The Sky.

You see, working with other writers is a journey of discovery. When I look at this picture I ask myself if it is a poem. Certainly it has psychological depth that poetry often seeks. The more I see of all the guys in Freeze Frame, the more I admire and the less I know.

As part of the series I interviewed Claude about her work.

Primarily I have always known you for your prose. I wanted you in this anthology because of your quality as a writer. You have produced some unique and quite haunting poetry. Clearly the poetry was always there, but was it a challenge to set it free?

A challenge? I guess you could say that, although I’ve never stopped writing poetry all my life, on the sly as it were… It requires letting go of all the logical framework I’m used to operate in – especially as an economist and non-fiction writer. But let’s face it, I already do let go of logic when I write fiction. Characters in my novels are born from the unconscious and they keep doing things that even surprise me! For poetry, it just means taking a further step into the irrational. Letting words echo each other, both in terms of the way they sound and what they mean and what they imply. Also, there’s another aspect, the audio that you support so much for your anthology – and here I follow you one hundred percent! For me, poetry is actually very close to singing. Songs are poor cousins of poems, though the better songs are pure poetry in their own right. The voice matters. And rythm too, it’s much more important than rhyme, which in any case is simply the more traditional form of poetry, largely by-passed by modern poets.

Your poems are set in Rome, yet you bring the eyes of a lifetime and a world to interpret your subjects. Are there universal lessons of philosophy and history that will always be of the moment?

Definitely. For me, it’s a continuum: the moment “freezes” timeless, universal lessons. Ha! How do you like that definition of Freeze Frame? Actually, I’d like to add that the very title of your anthology inspired the particular form of poetry I chose for it. I picked some “meaningful” corners of Rome and just let go my imagination, associating the present with the past…

You are a true citizen of the world. Your objective non tribal viewpoint is a joy to those of us who follow your blogs and essays. Where is home for you in terms of tribe and location?

To be honest, I have multiple homes, Earth is my home. I belong to the nomadic tribe par excellence – my father and grandfather were both world-travellers, we spoke several languages at home – and “home” has varied in function of what I did with my life. After a fantastic series of sojourns in Egypt, Russia, France and South America, I attended an American university in the biggest metropolitan town in the world: Columbia U. in New York. That shaped me, no question about it. But after graduation and a first job, I didn’t stay in America. By the time I’d turned 32, I was back in Europe and feeling at home all over the continent. I finally settled in Rome, the birthplace of our civilization. That’s something I feel strongly about. Yet for 25 years I travelled for work in over 80 countries around the world, from Vietnam to Peru, soaking in the differences and revelling in the warm feeling of being able to come back every time to my home in Rome!

You share with Joseph Conrad the fact that English is not your first language. No one would know but does it alter/enrich your approach to the way you express yourself?

Enrich my approach? I don’t know, you, and all my readers, should be able to judge that! It’s interesting you mention Conrad, I always think (and feel) rather closer to Nabokov who loved to play with words and wrote of course as you know in three languages (Russian, German, English). I studied German but alas it is the one language I don’t know and I regret that. I studied Russian too but I also forgot it entirely (out of practice, out of mind). Ditto for Swedish (my first language, even before French). The result? For a long time, a horrible hodge-podge, too many languages. A struggle to express myself without having words from another language popping into my mind and interfering with the process…Eventually, with much effort, I managed to overcome the problems and I suppose you might say I’ve become rather articulate. I hope so. One thing is certain: I love words, I love to find out about their origin. Semantics is fascinating, I’m endlessly curious about the links between words as you move from one language to another.

A big element of the Freeze Frame project is the actual physical “Voice” of the poets. Another contributor has described the recording process as a form of nakedness. How was it for you?

Feeling naked? Yes and how! It’s strange because it’s exactly the way I felt every time I participated in a show as a painter. My paintings were giving me away – here was  my secret inner self for all to see! Saying my own poems made me terribly anxious in the exact same way. Did I sound like I was “full of myself”? Was I giving with my voice too much importance to the words I had written? Was I (cringe!) bombastic? Horror!

Who are your favourite writers – in any of your languages?

My favorite writers are generally Russian, from Tolstoy and Dostoievski to Gogol and Bulgakov, Solgenytsin…But I imagine you want to know about poets. Then I have to say Federico Garcìa Lorca, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, T.S.Eliot, Leopardi…yes, the classics! But I’m intrigued by the moderns, don’t take me wrong. For example, Alice Oswald with her Dart river poem…And of course, all the poets in your anthology. Their dedication, their sensibility, their inspiration, their ear, their voice…I’m impressed and I take this opportunity to thank you for bringing them all together, including yourself in this anthology! Freeze Frame is a fascinating project, particularly the audio aspect which brings poetry right back to its troubadour origins…

When I started this project I had half a plan to create a 50/50 mix of British and American writers. As things have turned out Claude is the wild card entry who delineates the pendulum swing of the collection. It is a joy to have her on board. When I asked her about which of her paintings I could include in this blog she offered me a selection. Amongst them was a picture that once again took my mind into the labyrinth of poetry and indeed to the concepts of surrealist art. Check out Cavalli Enigmae.Cavalli Enigmae  (Melancholia - Me) olio su carta 100x60 cm

Excitement builds…

Here at Gallo-Romano Media we are busy pulling together an international anthology of poetry.  There are 6 poets, 60+ poems and 60+ audio recordings of each poet reading their own work.

The book is called FREEZE FRAME and will be coming out in digital e-book format for Kindle just in time for Christmas.  As with many of our other publications, this e-book  will have the bonus of a free link to the audio book – so you get two versions for the price of one.

The print version will follow shortly and will also include the link to the recorded poetry, so even if you prefer to read from paper, you can still enjoy our poets giving their best performances.

This book will be one of the most innovative and exciting expressions of contemporary poetry published in 2013.

Watch this space for the cover reveal shortly…..