Hi, folks! Dane here, and today I have some super exciting news to share with you. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been putting the finishing touches on a long-form experimental poem called Oceanus about the RMS Titanic.
I first started work on the book over ten years ago, and it’s based on the exact version of the Wikipedia page for the Titanic that was live on the site 100 years to the minute after the great ship hit the iceberg.
I’ve been hesitant to publish it for a while because of the cost and time commitment involved and because I know that my readers prefer my fiction to my poetry, but I had a break in my publishing schedule and the resources to throw at it, so it seemed like it was finally time!
It also gave me a great excuse to learn to format e-books using Atticus, as well as to find a new illustrator and a new cover designer because my regulars are unavailable and, in one case, on maternity leave. So big thank you to Umer Shaikh (cover design) and Kadir Türkegül (illustrations) for helping out with that.
And so, without further ado, here’s the shiny new cover and the blurb to go with it.
IT SANK IN THE NOW,
ex-pat down with all hands
seen one Wednesday
in a sinking southern city.
It hit the April showers
en route to Yorkshire,
killing peace and war and
Mary timed it well,
she was the biggest,
to float the virgin shore.
OCEANUS TELLS A STORY that’s been told a thousand times before, one that’s known all around the world – the tale of a passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean with massive loss of life. Oceanus tells the story of the RMS Titanic.
Praise for Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home:
“Recommended for those who enjoy poetry, or just want some honest language that arrives in an artful way.” – J. D. DeHart
“Dane Cobain gives us raw, disturbing, yet truthful poetry. It may be a bit disturbing, but sometimes the truth can be disturbing.” – Chrissy
“I highly recommend this book for fans of spoken word poetry.” – Jeremy Fee
Given that April 14th 2023 is the 111th anniversary of the collision with the iceberg, I figure there’s no better time than the present, so you’ll be able to scoop yourself up both paperback and electronic copies on Friday 14th April 2023.
In the meantime, feel free to check out my first poetry book, Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home, by clicking here. You can also click here to view the rest of my books on Amazon or here to check them out on Goodreads.
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