Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Remembered sleep

Monday, 30 August 2010


To find a way of moving in this world
that would be what sniff and dart is to the rat.
my best
my confusion

Sunday, 29 August 2010

The heavy air, the summer rain

As pigs instinctively
swim to land, I turn
to what once consoled me.

Thursday, 26 August 2010


Sunday, 22 August 2010

Coques et moules
vivantes, vivantes

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Reading in Dublin

I have been invited to read my work in Dublin on the 10th September as part of the Wurm im Apfel reading series; details below. Many thanks to Kit Fryatt and Dylan Harris for setting this up.

Rufo Quintavalle & guests

Exchange Dublin friday 10.9.10 @ 20h

Wurm events begin after the August break with the minimalist, poised work of Rufo Quintavalle. Come and explore "not so much nothingness itself as the moment where something and nothing meet. The bare minimum one needs to tip the balance away from nihilism and into something more positive..."

Rufo is a British poet resident in Paris, author of Make Nothing Happen (Oystercatcher, 2009), and poetry editor for the award-winning online magazine nthposition.

Also on stage:

Wendy Mooney, who is completing a PhD on William Allingham, the 19th-century Irish poet you should be reading before he goes global. Her poems have been published in Poetry Ireland Review, Crannog, and the Sunday Tribune.

Catspupil, international feline of mystery, prose writer and poet, recent TCD history graduate, writes most of her better stuff up her left arm.

Admission free.

Exchange Dublin is a temperance venue. No booze please, but tea, coffee and cake if you're good. Join us for nothingness, wit, wisdom, and poems on catskin.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Il y aura un aléa.


The caterpillars
ate the rose
there was
no rose
for the

Monday, 16 August 2010

Christian Dior

To make of life one long masked ball,
where nothing, not war or kids, can wake us.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


Milk in the neon
all night store.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Ayant peu ou pas.

Campari, kinder and white wine vinegar;
the sweet smell of onions sprouting in the bin.

August poems online at nthposition

Nthposition's poetry section has slimmed down for the summer. The August issue showcases the work of three poets:

James Iredell
Claire Crowther
Alexander Maksik

Also the second essay in an ongoing series by Steven Fowler looking at European poets who deserve to be better known in the English speaking world. Last month the focus was on Gunnar Ekelöf, this month Fowler turns his attention to Russian surrealist, Daniil Kharms.

If you are interested in submitting work to the magazine send an email with a short biographical note and up to six poems embedded in the text to the following address: rquintav AT gmail DOT com.

Sunday, 1 August 2010


An interview with me has just gone up at Alex Boyd's online magazine, Northern Poetry Review. Alex Boyd, a Canadian poet and prose writer, is the author of the prize-winning collection, Making Bones Walk (Luna Publications, 2007).