‘If there is snow outside then it follows
there must be a character outside in the snow‘
Issue 11 of bath magg is live, and I am delighted that it includes my poem ‘The missing’ .
Many thanks to editors Mariah Whelan, Joe Carrick-Varty, and Gboyega Odubanjo.
You can read the poem here: ‘The missing‘.
“After the fistfight which was more of a scuffle — a circle /
of kids around us chanting fight when it wasn’t“
The Interpreter’s House issue 79 is now live. I’m delighted the issue contains my poem ‘Circle (tarot)’.
Many thanks to editors Georgi Gill and Louise Peterkin.
You can read the poem here: Circle (tarot).
“It happened in the sand dunes, so I’m told. I don’t remember.“
Cordite Poetry Review issue 108 is now live. The issue has the theme of Dedication, and it contains my poem ‘Broken (interaction)’.
Many thanks to editors Lou Garcia-Dolnik, Luke Patterson, and Kent MacCarter!
You can read the poem here: ‘Broken (interaction)‘
“Rain is coming the weatherman says. I know from bar gossip that he’s working on a stage play that won’t be staged.“
Issue 31 of Bending Genres is now live. It contains my piece ‘Ash Darlings’. Many thanks to Meg Tuite and Robert Vaughan!
You can read the piece here: Ash Darlings.
I’m delighted that three of my experimental poems went live at Dream Pop today.
The poems are ‘2600 hertz’, ‘Lamplighter variance (2)’ and ‘Lamplighter variance (3)’.
You can read them at Dream Pop.
Many thanks to the editors Isobel O’Hare and Carleen Tibbetts!
Delighted to end the year with a poem in Perverse.
‘You may begin‘ started with two lines I had cut from a different poem but still wanted to explore. I was interested in the idea of trying, and failing, to give up on writing about a landscape.
You can read the poem here: You may begin
Many thanks to editor ChrissyWillisams!
Very pleased that two of my poems appear in issue 11 of The Shore.
The poems are The Gallery and No mountains, great lakes, cliffs,
Thank you to the editorial team!
Two poetries are now competing, a cooked and a raw. The cooked, marvelously expert, often seems laboriously concocted to be tasted and digested by a graduate seminar. The raw, huge blood-dripping gobbets of unseasoned experience are dished up for midnight listeners. There is a poetry that can only be studied, and a poetry that can only be declaimed, a poetry of pedantry, and a poetry of scandal. I exaggerate, of course.
— Robert Lowell, National Book Award acceptance speech, November 1960
The award was for Life Studies.
Rail: Before I turned on the tape for this interview, you were talking about your personal library and how you are at a stage in your life where your desire to re-read certain texts means you will not have time to read new things. I think of the final two lines of “Thirteen”: “I read three thousand books, / and then I died.”
Ruefle: I recently unpacked 17 boxes of books that I haven’t seen in 22 years. Many of the books were texts I first read in college. I thought I would easily be able to get rid of them. I found myself extremely attached to them. An example would be my old Penguin edition of Ulysses. I know I will never read it again because I don’t have time but I couldn’t part from it. I realized that my wanting to re-read so many of these books again was actually a desire to live my life all over again.
— Mary Ruefle, interview in The Brooklyn Rail, July 2014
Delighted to say that The Interpreter’s House issue 68 is out, the final issue edited by Martin Malone and assistant Charles Lauder Jnr. I’m delighted my poem ‘The Cooler’ is included, my second appearance in TIH after two of my poems appeared in issue 58. Thanks to Martin and Charles.
It’s a great journal, 130 pages of always interesting poetry and reviews, and I look forward to seeing the next issues from editor Georgi Gill and assistant Andrew Wells.