My name is Alexander Velky. I've been writing poems since before that was my name, and I've been writing poems for the "... Has Doubts" collection since January 2010.
I didn't have a manifesto as such to begin with, but the broad purpose was to use the poems to ask important questions about the human experience. I wanted to write good, memorable poems (serious and trivial, in traditional and modern forms) comprising both allegorical and autobiographical narratives; and I wanted to publish them myself, founding my own publishing company to do so.
As I wrote (and moved to another country, got married and had a child, etc.) several themes began to form; and by 2011 I'd decided to sort the volumes thematically rather than chronologically. By 2012 I had the first draft of volume one: "Mistaken for art or rubbish", based around the questions: What is art? What's it for? and What's it worth?
One year later, I have the final draft typeset with a nifty cover design, just waiting to be published. But I haven't quite managed to save enough to print the volume and secure the ISBNs required for publishing.
Approaching my 30th birthday, and not wanting another year to pass without letting the volume go, I decided to try the unlikely step of approaching you (my invisible, possibly non-existent fan-base) with the option to fund the publication: essentially pre-ordering the book, or throwing money at me like I was a tramp, or a beggar, or a street-entertainer.
If I don't get the £600 I guess I'll keep trying to save up, or maybe just give up. If I do, I'll definitely publish this summer. Probably June.
Throughout the coming weeks and months I'll be memorizing, reciting and recording each and every poem in the collection and publishing them on doubtist.com, while intermittently painting a portrait of the camera that is filming me doing so in my shed in rural Pembrokeshire.
Is it art?
Don't know. Don't much care. You've got to have a hobby though, right?
Here are the videos I've published so far. I'll be adding more in coming weeks. You can also keep up with them here:
If you like what you see here, please do share this page. And if you don't like it, go get a full-length mirror and take a long, hard look at yourself.
Alexander Velky, 2013.
Risks and challenges
We know where we want to print (on good-quality paper with a full-colour matt-finish cover), where we want to get jiffy bags from, and the design and typesetting is all done already and looking great. All we need is the money for ISBNs (to ensure the book is a publication and not just a pamphlet, and can – in future – be sold via shops and websites) and printing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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