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 Patrick McGowan

I completed a Master of Creative Arts (Prose) at the University of Wollongong in 2011 and have been writing pretty much full time since then. Previously I have worked as metallurgist, health food retailer, government bureaucrat, diplomat and entrepreneur.

While my work overseas for the Australian government took me on postings to many places including Europe, Asia and Africa, I like to write about the contemporary Australian experience. I began short story fiction writing in the nineties, had some short stories published, then put my writing on hold as I gave full attention to my diplomatic career.

I'm a taiji health exercise enthusiast, an avid jade collector, and I'm also a keen follower of William Gass and his theory of sentence writing, that each sentence has a soul, and that all good literature comes from the well-constructed sentence.

I live in Loftus, a suburb of Sydney, and am a member of the South Coast Writers Centre.

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G.D. Master reviewed 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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Richard Kay reviewed on Dec. 5, 2016

A nice collection, I really liked the Bruce Lee and David Carradine poems.
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