Pick Up the Pearl

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Pick up the Pearl is a collection of martial arts poems written by a long term tai chi enthusiast. The forms of the poems range from free verse to sestina, from ottava rima to ballad. The work examines many aspects of martial arts and their exponents, including tai chi, karate, boxing, street fighting, kung fu, ai ki do, judo and ba gua chan. More
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About Pat McGowan

Pat lives in Australia, in Loftus, a suburb of Sydney. He used to work for the Australian government which took him on postings to many places around the world, including Europe, Asia and Africa. His long term goal is to write bestselling contemporary Australian fiction.

However, being a tai chi enthusiast, he is also a keen writer of tai chi related subjects. He is currently working on a semi-autobiographical account of his near forty years of tai chi experience with the working title 'Tai Chi: Use Mind, Not Force' so stay tuned for the pre-order announcement. In the meantime, he has a free poetry book on tai chi related themes, 'Pick Up The Pearl' available on Smashwords.

Pat likes reading the great novel writers, generally following Colleen McCullogh's advice to budding writers: read the classics and get on with your life.

In summary , place and language are important in Pat's writing, as is the opportunity to explore significant contemporary themes with the intention of leading us to see our world with fresh eyes, which can often be uplifting.

He is also a keen follower of William Gass and his theory of sentence writing ie that each sentence has a soul, and that all good literature comes from the well-constructed sentence.

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Review by: G.D. Master on Dec. 19, 2016 :
Pick Up the Pearl by Pat McGowan is a strong collection of non-rhyming contemporary poetry. McGowan’s poems are well crafted with a sense of colloquial meter and patient mechanics, if not a simple academic approach to writing. While his works are not seemingly commercial fair, like that of most published academics, they are interesting narratives that will engage readers and hold their interests. His poetic subject matter is martial arts philosophy, which upon first hearing led me to think “Pashaw!”; but, after reading his poems and being drawn into his stories, I was pleased and enjoyed the brief time it took me to read his work. For anybody stumbling upon this book, take the time to read it. It’s fun and the writing is actually good.
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Review by: Richard Kay on Dec. 5, 2016 :
A nice collection, I really liked the Bruce Lee and David Carradine poems.
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