I’m thrilled that Aldrich Press, an imprint of Kelsay Books, has agreed to publish my first collection, Drawing a Diagram, in early 2017. It’s a US small press run by the redoubtable Karen Kelsay and publishes many poets I admire, including Christine Klocek-Lim, C Wade Bentley and Jean L Kreiling.
It’s been fun selecting the poems and shuffling them into some sort of order, and then sticking my neck out and asking people if they’d be kind enough to write a short blurb for the cover. I’m deeply gratified that three poets I’m very fond of agreed immediately!
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.
There are a number of poetry blogs that publish poems every day, or every few days, without fuss or bother. Just good poems, simply displayed. Poetry Daily picks poems from recently published books and magazines. Other sites ask for submissions (though sometimes intermittently): And Other Poems is one, and so is Autumn Sky Poetry, where I was delighted to have a poem on 21st January.
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.
Delighted to have a poem in the new issue of The Interpreter’s House
and pleased to see that my co-editor Noel does too.
Well, almost – on Saturday, 23rd May University Church, Oxford is holding a re-enactment of Queen Bess’s visit in 1566. They’ve had a poetry competition as part of the event, and I’m very pleased that my poem ‘Who will wear the weasel fur?’ was shortlisted and will be on display in the Adam de Brome chapel of the church. The poem is based on the Sumptuary Laws of around that time , which attempted to restrict who could wear the finest and most expensive cloth and trimmings.
The day sounds fun – there will be music, dancing, food, poetry, and a play (possibly with hunting dogs and fire, like the original?). I can’t make it to the event, but if anyone’s around Oxford and wants to let me have a picture of the poem, that would be great!