Happy Bloomsday!


June 16th is the day we hoist a glass to the most linguistically crazy Irishman that ever lived, James Joyce. To celebrate, Annalemma alumn, William Walsh, has graced a handful of lit blogs with excerpts from his new collection based on the work of Joyce. William explains:

The book collecting all of these Joycean derivations is called Unknown Arts, and it will be released by Keyhole Press in February 2011. The title is inspired by Joyce’s epigraph from The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: “And he sets his mind to unknown arts.” It includes texts and poems cut from all of Joyce’s works, including the verse and his play Exiles.

Kick your heels up with a glass of Jameson’s, adjust your eyepatch, put that erotic love letter on hold for a second and enjoy your Bloomsday courtesy of Mr. Walsh. Take it away, Bill…

William Walsh
A text derived from Ulysses by James Joyce (1922)

It was too blooming dull sitting in the parlour with Mrs. Stoer and Mrs. Quigley and Mrs. MacDowell and the blind down and they all at their sniffles and sipping sups of the superior tawny sherry Uncle Barney brought from Tunney’s. The blooming stud was too small for the buttonhole of the shirt, blooming end to it. Sure, the blooming thing is all over. M Bloom you’re looking blooming Josie used to say after I married him well its better than Breen or Briggs. So lonely blooming.

Looking for more of a Bloomsday fix? William is getting a few other lit blogs in on the fun. Head on over to Big Other, Artiface, Keyhole, Letters With Character and The Kenyon Review for more.

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