I am crowned king of this day’s happiness. Issue 11 of The Lonely Crowd is out and features two of my poems, ‘Brand Street’, and ‘Spider in a Glass’. Both poems owe a debt to StAnza: the former given an examination in Gillian Allnutt’s Masterclass in 2018, and the latter hatched in Patience Agbabi’s workshop in 2017. There’s also work by Abegail Morley, Jonathan Edwards, Francesca Rhydderch, and many others. My thanks to guest editor Glyn Edwards, and to editor John Lavin. Diolch!
I first submitted to STAND in 1992, so I’m delighted (and relieved) to crawl between its covers at last. I have five poems from Men Who Repeat Themselves in Volume 17 (2). This volume features Women’s Writing from Singapore, the winners of the inaugural Bi’an Award for UK-Based Chinese Writers, and a host of poets: Dan O’Brien, Rachel Bower, Jenny Johnson, & many more.
I am of goodly cheer tonight because I have five poems at The Cafe Irreal, and they are from a brand new long sequence.
The Cafe Irreal is edited by G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg, and it has been online since 1998. It’s a lovely place to sit and dream. And read.
The new issue of Prelude comes hurtling our way and includes two of my poems, plus dozens more by so many others… Jessie Janeshek, Margaret Hanshaw (Look at this: Tea of / Silver needle buds. / Nine plums. / One blended monk.), Stephanie Young, Leah Umansky, Glyn Edwards… Oh goodness, such goodness. You should read it.
snek is a brand new poetry mag and the first issue is out now. There’s work from Rosa Campbell, Frankie Hayes, Elliot Perkins, Maria Sledmere, & me. Take a look-see.
The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry has arrived. There is work from Simon Armitage, Carrie Etter, Sam Tongue, Kim Moore, Jen Hadfield, and many, many more. My poem ا ^^^* is included, from my 2016 Red Ceilings chapbook, ا (the book of seals).
Issue 71 is out, and it’s a cracker. Georgi Gill (@georgi_gill), Andrew Wells (@newlygoose), and Annie Rutherford (@slender_means), are in charge. My poem ‘Valérie‘ shares space with work by Adrienne Wilkinson (@adr_______), Lisa Kelly (@LisaDMKelly), Miranda Lynn Barnes (@LuminousJune), and many more. Spend some time with them.
Issue 37 of Ireland’s marvellous literary magazine The Moth has appeared. My poem ‘Men with Tails’ is included, alongside work by Maria Isakova Bennett, Rebecca O’Connor, Niels Hav, and many others. You can read all about the magazine, and subscribe, here.
I have five poems up on Five:2:One. It has creative non fiction, it has flash, it has poetry. Online and print. Nathan Alan Schwartz is in charge. Take a look.
Gutter 19 has arrived, with prose, interviews, reviews, and poems from a fine line-up including Christie Williamson, Sharon Black, me, and so many more. To mark Tom Leonard’s passing, the issue is dedicated to him. I had the enormous good fortune to be a participant in his Saturday morning workshops just before he retired, and this is bang on:
‘We hope that Gutter carries with it some of the spirit of Tom’s work in poetry, politics, language, and humanity. And that those values remain touchstones for Scottish poetry. It is evident already how much poorer we are without his fierce voice.’