Book launch of Drawing a Diagram

Drawing a Diagram was launched at Blackwell’s bookshop, Sheffield on 6th April.

My great friend and co-editor Noel Williams gave a brief and very kind introduction, and he and another dear friend Kate Rutter also read a few poems just before the interval.

Some of my poems are not the easiest to grasp on first hearing, so I included some visual aids to illustrate some of the poems – here’s me with a dodo reading ‘On the movements of bodies’, the first poem in the collection. I think it was particularly useful for the poem entitled http://biochemical-pathways.com/ !

Noel Williams introducing me
Kate Rutter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at this marvellous hand-painted silk scarf! My wonderful husband Ian Badcoe had it made to celebrate the launch of the book – it illustrates part of the book cover, one of the exquisite drawings of Radiolarians drawn by the naturalist Ernst Haeckel.

 

 

 

 

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Magma

Very pleased to have a poem in issue 67 of Magma. It’s an interesting issue with some powerful stuff in it. Magma has different editors for each issue, so its style can change quite a lot.

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Envoi 173

envoi_172I’ve been a little distracted by events in the UK recently, but I should record my delight at being in issue 173 of Envoi, the magazine run by the excellent Cinnamon Press. It’s an good mix of lyric poems, features and in-depth reviews, and I am reading it with interest.

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Angle issue 8

angleAngle issue 8 has arrived, and I’m delighted to have three poems included. The editors have decided to move to one issue a year, which means they aren’t continually sifting submissions, and this seems to be working well for them. It’s a massive issue – 109 pages, including an ekphrastic supplement in the middle (which I always get a bit confused by, as it has its own contents and page numbers). There are a lot of excellent poets included. Take a look.

www.anglepoetry.co.uk

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Oxford Poetry

oxford2I’ve just received my contributor’s copy of Oxford Poetry, and I’m rather stunned to find myself alongside such poets as           AE Stallings and Clive James. I haven’t read much in detail yet, but if all the poems are as good as the first (The Beginning, by D Nurkse), I’m in for a treat.

http://www.oxfordpoetry.co.uk

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Oxford Poetry

oxford poetryAs a sort of displacement activity instead of actually writing, I’ve been submitting a few poems. I was very pleased to have ‘Earth-bound’ up on Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, a site that delights me the more I read it. Recently it has included work by S Thomas Summers and R Nemo Hill, names I recognise from various internet workshops, and ones I’m delighted to rub shoulders with.

I am equally thrilled to have an acceptance from  Oxford Poetry, a magazine that is ‘over 100 years old. It is probably the oldest dedicated poetry magazine in the world today.’ I think I might again be pleased when I see the company I’m in. Pass me that dreaming spire when you’re done with it.

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Under the Radar

undertheradarI was delighted to hear that I’ve had a poem accepted for Under the Radar, the magazine of Nine Arches Press. I’m particularly pleased as Matt Merritt is one of the editors and I enjoyed his book ‘The Elephant Tests’. I don’t send out a lot of submissions, partly because I don’t write very quickly (or at least produce poems I’d feel happy to publish) and partly because I like to select the magazines carefully. Is that better than a scatter-gun approach? Depends what you’re aiming for, I suppose. It does mean I end up in the period of the Long Wait quite often. We sometimes get submissions to Antiphon that say ‘I’ve had over 500 poems published in magazines’, and I wonder if the excitement of that 487th publication is as great as the first few, and whether, really, I’d ever write that many poems I feel the world must read. I’m a bit reluctant for Antiphon to become just another notch on someone’s bedpost – but you can never quite tell where a poem may catch an editor’s attention, and be just the thing they were looking for.

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