A nice start to the BH weekend! I am so pleased to learn I have a poem in the forthcoming Issue 15 of The Lampeter Review. Many thanks to the editorial team.
You can read it here
So pleased that my poem ‘Monochrome Maze’ has been included in the current Visual Verse (Vol. 04 – Chapter 10). This is a really interesting site that invites poems in response to a visual prompt. Here is the link:
My two poems ‘Time To Go’ and ‘In Cities At Night’ via this link:
I am incredibly grateful to Elizabeth Gibson, editor of the wonderful Foxglove Journal for accepting three of my poems for future publication. Honestly, I’m so delighted by this news.
I am delighted that my poem ‘Not Quite 8½’ has been included in the inaugural issue of Northampton Poetry Review published today: https://www.northamptonpoetryreview.org/issue-1/
I am so grateful to editor Tom Harding who has produced a great collection of poems about his home town of Northampton and, perhaps not surprisingly, the theme of the first issue is shoes.
I’m double chuffed that my ekphrastic poem about Edward Burra’s painting ‘The Snack Bar’ was published today by Veronica Bruce, editor at Anapest Journal in America. I bought a print of the painting in York in 1988 and it was the first piece of art to adorn the walls of my little house there. I am still so fond of the painting and obviously I had plenty of time to think about what to write about it! I hope my poem does justice to the wonderful art of Mr Burra. Here’s the link to Anapest Journal:
I’m delighted that two of my poems ‘Fear That Can’t Speak’ and ‘1 What Every Child Needs (4)’ have been published by Wildflower Muse literary site based in the United States. I’m very grateful to Heather, the editor there for accepting my work.
You can view the poems via https://wildflowermuse.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/fear-that-cant-speak/
so this is where you live
your sitting tenant life
in damp lower ground accommodation
I nearly missed your army fatigue
autumn leaf coloured camouflage
and those headlamp eyes that
see sky and ground simultaneously
in that corner where we keep
the compost near the dead wood
perhaps you are planning
a forage or awaiting
an unsuspecting insect
your turned down mouth
lips tight as a letterbox
nonplussed by my presence
I watch you squat dry and rooted
still as a grave contemplating
the smooth-skinned hop of frogs
and their urgency to be kissed
First Published in The Weekly Avocet #243, August 2017
My poem ‘Still Life Of A Toad’ has been published in The Weekly Avocet #243. I’m very grateful to Charles Portolano, the editor of this online journal of poems about nature, for choosing it for inclusion.