Extravagant Stranger by Daniel Roy Connelly

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Extravagant Stranger by Daniel Roy Connelly

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In a style of speech without speech marks, rhythmically spanning the globe from his birth to imagined death, Daniel Roy Connelly’s Extravagant Stranger is a rare work of tightly structured, prose-poetry (perhaps flash-fiction) vignettes. Written in blocks of text firmly grounded in time and space, Connelly’s Bildungsroman encompasses six decades and three continents – traversing sickness, violence, international diplomacy, education, epiphany, fatherhood, Hollywood and academia. This unique collection of genre-defying work speaks with sharp humour about a life spent amassing more questions than answers and more absurdity than sagacity.

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ABOUT DANIEL ROY CONNELLY

A former British diplomat, Daniel is a theatre director, actor and professor of creative writing, English and theatre at John Cabot University and the American University of Rome.He has acted in and directed theatre in America, the UK, Italy and China, where his 2009 production of David Henry Hwang’s M Butterfly was forced to close by the Chinese secret police.

His poetry is widely published in print and online. He was the winner of the 2014 Fermoy International Poetry Festival Prize, a finalist in the 2015 Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Prize and winner of the 2015 Cuirt New Writing Prize for poetry. Recent work has appeared in The North, The Transnational (in German), Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Moth, Acumen, and Critical Survey and he has a forthcoming pamphlet from Eyewear Publishing as part of their Aviator Series.


GETTING THE NOD

Straight through a red light, clip a beedi seller on the kerb with my wing mirror, pull out way to soon onto Colaba Causeway, horns everywhere, indicate incorrectly then turn left instead of right at the Mahatma Gandhi fountain, stall on several technical points, examiner not happy.

Nod backwards at a bottle of Black Label boxed and wrapped on the rear seat of the Escort, all smiles, told to drive expressly every day so as to improve, pink chitty, copied 7-fold, in my hand, congratulations, sir, you are legal on the roads of India.  

 

DANIEL ROY CONNELLY IN VIDEO

'A letter to my son, re. black dog'

Daniel's performed poem tackling the black dog of depression in the form of a letter to his 6-year-old son. Published online by The Good Men Project. © Daniel Roy Connelly, 2016.