Had an amazing week in Lisbon with Ruth O’Callaghan on a workshop. Came away with lots of poems to work on, new people met, and a lovely experience
A February day was drawing in,
called by the light of silver birches
guarding the garden; their branches
whispering the wind to evergreens.
They spoke of times almost forgotten
when the Manor House ruled over
acres of farm and woodland, only
one house remains to tell the history,
as I watched the skies shadowed
the sun sapped, suddenly
a bird flew over alone; a cloud
that swept the sky with shapes.
The birds signalled to each other
the safe way home to roosts
murmuring, diving, flying in formation
until they descended, covering trees with
black bird-leafs hanging on silver branches.
12 February 2018
© Published issue 285 Jan 2019
2019 has been a good year for new anthologies, and I am very grateful to all the editors who have selected my work to appear in their book. I have edited several anthologies myself, and I am well aware of how much work goes into them, and how time-consuming they are, from the exciting part of selection, to all the painstaking work with permissions, proof-reading, working with publishers and arranging launches.
Anthologies have changed during my writing career. At one time, they were only for the few and the famous, and were there to mark a particular fashion or press. Then Bloodaxe started their wonderful themed anthologies which are owned by anyone with a serious interest in poetry. Then there were those wonderful children’s anthologies put out by Macmillan, OUP, Wayland and others, which encouraged so many of us to write for our inner child, and which have all but…
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Something to look forward to
We are delighted to confirm our first poetry collections for 2019. We are kicking off another vibrant year of diverse poetry representative of the UK and we’re very honoured to help these poets put work into the world. As ever, we have a bunch of debut collections for you, from experienced and fairly new poets.
In March, we have two debut collections from Bristol poet Stephen Lightbown: Only Air and Amuse Girl by Hannah Raymond-Cox.
April sees the return of Lydia Towsey with her second BE collection The English Disease.
May we have two newcomers, London poetry sensation Rachel Nwokoro will be introducing us to Little You and Bristol-grown poet and drag performer Grace Cohen will release Calling This Body Home.
June we celebrate the long career of spoken word legend and Hammer and Tongue founder Steve Larkin with OWN – Create Your Own Steve Larkin…
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Our target market, by a tiny margin,
of one million out of thirty three
chose an outline Brexit plan
at the proof-of-concept stage.
Delivery date is looming
but management is undecided
which product to supply.
Market research in 2017
showed buyers changing preferences
on suppliers and their products.
We therefore must, before despatch,
avoid abuse of buyers’ trust
by letting them choose between:
delivered but unfinished goods;
uncertain goods at unknown cost;
or cancellation of their order.
Howard Timms is a playwright, actor, and non-fiction editor whose dramas have been produced in the U.S., where he had ten years of immigrant experience, and the U.K. Now back in his home town of Cheltenham, he has an MA in creative and critical writing from the University of Gloucestershire, which added poetry to his creative activities.
by Deborah Harvey
It’s often noted how rare it is for a poet to straddle the gap between page and performance poetry successfully. Lucy English has managed to keep a foot firmly in both camps for many years, and with her new project The Book of Hours), she has added an extra genre, that of poetry film.
It’s an ingenious idea – a calendar of poems that re-imagine the illustrated psalter of mediaeval literature for a secular, 21st century readership/audience. Lucy is supported in this endeavour by her extensive knowledge of the both fields, coupled with a poetic voice that is especially well suited to the demands of poetry film.
For all that there are mentions of stained glass, doom paintings, sun dials and psalmicly panting sheep, the subject-matter of the poems is resolutely secular. Churches are places to be visited in a spirit of curiosity rather than…
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