Ashleigh Brilliant Returns with a New Collection
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Date & Time
Mon, Nov 18 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
3321 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105
I Need More Time – and I Probably Always Will
Chaucer’s Books is delighted to welcome back artist, philosopher and epigrammist, Ashleigh Brilliant, as he launches his tenth book, entitled I Need More Time–and I Probably Always Will. This marks his first book in twenty years, and his longstanding fans were reported to be “clamoring for more.”
The 85-year old still hops on his bike to pedal off to work each day, where he continues to compose and compile his 17-words-or-less illustrated epigrams which the world sees in print as “Pot-Shots” by Ashleigh Brilliant.
Brilliant’s “Pot-Shots” have been collected into several books with titles like I May Not Be Totally Perfect, but Parts of Me Are Excellent and I Have Abandoned My Search for Truth and Am Now Looking for a Good Fantasy. Over the years Brilliant has evolved a strict definition of what a “Pot-Shot” is. None can rhyme, and all must be kept within his self-imposed limit of seventeen words– one for each syllable in a haiku. (He actually realized early on that he seldom used more than sixteen words at a time, but allotted himself one extra — for emergencies.) As Brilliant explained to Independent Press-Telegram critic Candy Cooper, he writes within an uncompromising framework and avoids local cultural references because “Pot-Shots have always been a deliberate attempt to reach out to the world.”