Poetry Salzburg has been good to me and my work, including publishing The Silence Teacher in 2013. The two poems that appear in the latest issue represent the fifth time they have accepted work (including poems and reviews) for publication. I am truly grateful.
Grateful, also, for two excellent new poems by Abegail Morley, and an astute survey of her recent work by William Bedford. As always, beneath an enticingly surreal cover rests a trove of delights. You can order issue 32 from the website.
Here is a quick snap of the two poems in situ. The first one will also appear in Cyclone, which comes out next week.
I received my contributor’s copy of Bare Fiction 9 today.
I love the format of this magazine — broad, art deco; it even smells nice. Inside, stunning poems by some familiar names — Mary Jean Chan, who will read for Transatlantic Poetry this summer; three corkers by Jane Commane; and two from Abegail Morley, on whom I can always count for a poem that tops and tails me. Many others remain for me (excitedly) to discover.
Another plus of this periodical is that you can get it however you like. You can pick up your literary fix — digital or physical, single or subscription — on the Bare Fiction website.
I have again compiled my shortlist of poets who I think are worth watching from both sides of The Pond.
We lovers of poetry have this consolation at least: when times get tough, the poetry gets better. More poetry, more fiercely, please, to see us through.
Get your fix of poetry recs. right here.
I have been reading a lot of amazing poetry lately, and so jotted down a few notes for Huffington Post on the ones that most grabbed my attention.
You can read the full list, with commentary, on the HuffPo site. Feel free to add your own favourites and recommendations in the comments section there.
“I saw something nasty in the wood shed.”
-Aunt Ada, “Cold Comfort Farm”
There’s nothing nasty in Abegail Morley’s Poetry Shed. I know becaus she recently invited me in for an interview.
We talked about the editorial process leading up to publication of The Knowledge, how the editor Jane and I worked together, and what it was like to finally see the finished product. The publication process can be a bit of a mystery to some, so thanks to Abegail for asking about this side of things and shedding some light on what was involved in bringing this book into the world.
You can read the full interview at The Poetry Shed.
Abegail Morley has kindly featured me today on her excellent website The Poetry Shed.
I was lucky enough to catch her attention at the Troubadour Poetry Prize Reading last year, and not long after that she invited me to read at the Royal Academy as part of the Ekphrasis project. It has been a pleasure to get to know Abegail — one of those people diligently and unassumingly going about the business of doing good things in the world of poetry.
She mentions the history of our acquaintance, along with a lovely nod to Transatlantic Poetry on Air, and reprints two of my poems on her site.
Do check it out, and the many other interesting poets she has featured over the years. You’ll no doubt want to find your way back to the Shed again soon.