[Image of Carl]

Welcome to Newsletter #187

A bunch of tales I wanted to share with you

A tale I read

Untitled by Charles Simic
[Untitled by Charles Simic]

A tale I heard

Poet, playwright, rapper Kae Tempest on whether we can all be fulfilled by creative expression:

"I don't know. I’m pretty sure that the, like, professionalisation of the artist has taken us away from this idea that everybody can hang out together and play music – you don’t have to be Mozart to be able to enjoy the feeling that you get from just playing the guitar. Everyone’s so rigid and, like, ‘Oh no, I can’t sing! I can’t sing, I’m sorry!’ – whereas a few hundred years ago we had folk traditions in England, you know, we would hang out and sing each other songs, it would not be a problem. So, without wanting to sound too kind of, like, outreachy about it, yeah, I do think everybody needs creative expression. I think it’s extremely important. It’s so fucking important, because otherwise you’re just stuck in the real world, which isn’t actually the real world. In fact, the only way I can deal with this reality is through entering into somebody’s created reality. Listening to an album, watching a movie, sitting in the dark and watching a play or something brings me closer in to this world in a way that I can deal with, you know?."

A tale I saw

Bricks of the Sun by Rob Auton 

A tale I wrote

I sit there and I look at the banana on my desk
next to the packet of sour cream pretzels
and the unopened brown notebook
and the piano themed coaster
holding my red mug of breakfast tea
and the black and silver globe showing China
and the switched off radiator
underneath the double-glazed window
over-looking a leafless bush
leaning towards the road
searching for sunlight
to keep it going.

A tail I like

[A tail I like]
Enjoyed these tales? Forward this to a friend or read more at
Someone shared this newsletter with you? Sign up here.
I wrote a book! I'm very proud of the book. Buy the book here.
Copyright © 2021 Carl Tells Tales, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp