I really couldn’t ask for a better view of Drawing a Diagram than this. Many thanks to the very generous JR Solonche and Green Mountains Review. And it includes the poem http://biochemical-pathways.com/#/map/1 with a link so that readers can see what I’m talking about!
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/ !
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.
I’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.
Angle 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.
I’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.
Extremely pleased to have a poem in issue 87 of The Frogmore Papers.
There are a number of magazines that chug along without any external funding or assistance, and make this whole business of publishing poetry possible. They run an annual poetry competition, closing date 31st May – well worth a try.
As 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.
I 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.