Friday

A Bus Called Mr Nice Guy (2005)


Cover photograph: K Ramanathan / Cover design: Jack Ross
(Mumbai, India - 15/1/02)


A Bus Called Mr Nice Guy


Poems by Jack Ross
ISBN 0-473-10526-8
Auckland: Perdrix Press, 2005
[ii] + 50 pp. / [50 signed & numbered copies]

[out of print]












CONTENTS

Letter to Gabriel White
  1. Mysore:
    • - Timekeeper to the nation
    • - Black eyebrows nose
  2. Bangalore (i):
    • - It was waiting for me
    • - Is it on the outside?
  3. Bangalore (ii):
    • - Soon to be full six
    • - Self-conscious in a chair
  4. Pondicherry:
    • - Long live classical divine Tamil
    • - As crêpes they’re crap
  5. Thanjavur:
    • - Always in a crowd
    • - Put that pen away
  6. Madurai:
    • - Once is never enough
    • - Not knowing where we’re going
  7. Kodaikanal:
    • - Van Allen Hospital
    • - Black cow lies in the road
  8. Kodai / Kanyakumari:
    • - Is this going to stay
    • - They like to see me writing
  9. Cape Comorin:
    • - The deer doesn’t enter
    • - He is not a man
  10. Trivandrum:
    • - They can make anything
    • - Haunted eyes
  11. Kathakali:
    • - A lot of action
    • - This is my first
  12. Varkala:
    • - Meine Damen und Herren
    • - The tank’s refilled
  13. Quilon / Alleppey:
    • - No-time the expanse
    • - Helping the Down Trodden
  14. Fort Cochin:
    • - Harbour full of islands
    • - How do you like Kochi?
  15. Ernakulam:
    • - Human contact
    • - Do I exaggerate?
  16. Kochi / Bangalore:
    • - Light on the tracks
    • - One’s the buffoon
  17. Bangalore / Panjim:
    • - The hooded horror
    • - Sophie Marceau
  18. Panjim:
    • - Fishermen
    • - Inside the cabin
  19. North Goa:
    • - I’ve caught up with myself
    • - Palolem Vagatur
  20. Madgaon:
    • - Is it the moment?
    • - Ahead of myself
  21. Madgaon / Bombay:
    • - White herons taking flight
    • - Life must go on
  22. Bombay:
    • - That is the biggest
    • - I can laugh about it now
  23. Auckland:
    • - New construction Amcare
    • - An alien species
  24. A B C


Map of South India: Matthew Kelly (2005)





Available:

Perdrix Press
6A Hastings Rd
Mairangi Bay
North Shore City 0630
Auckland

RRP: $NZ 20.00 [out of print]





photograph: Jack Ross
(Bangalore, India - 22/1/02)


Reviews & Comments:

  1. Raewyn Alexander. Takahe 57 (2006): 59.

    Prose, poetry, observations and quotes conjure up through their vivid everyday otherness, a sense of travelling along with Ross through India ... This book speaks of travel, danger, poverty, oddities, commerce and friendship, and in its fractured elegance evokes a picture of one man’s experience in a land quite foreign to him.






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