I’ve just done a quick tally and I have 26 poems out for consideration with magazines at the moment. Some have been out since last October and the others are gradually more recent. On top of this, I have two poems coming out in Poetry Wales and one in New Walk but I haven’t been sent publication dates yet.
The last six of my submitted poems went out this afternoon. I was keen to post them (yes, it’s a magazine that only accepts submissions by post) before Andrew’s op, which is tomorrow. As I’ve mentioned before, he’s having a prostatectomy. It’s reasonable to assume that I might be preoccupied looking after Andrew for a while, post-op, so I wanted to be as organised as possible with my writing projects.
We’re feeling as upbeat as possible about the operation and I’m just glad that I can be there for him. Our family and friends have been supportive and loving and we’re very grateful for that.
I have a few things to look forward to, poetry-wise. I’m reading at The Torriano in London on March 20th and I’ve booked a place on a Study Day with Modern Poetry in Translation at Oxford University in May.
Needless to say, I’m taking plenty of reading material with me to the hospital tomorrow, including the latest Under the Radar which, I’m pleased to say, contains a glowing review for The Misplaced House by Alison Brackenbury. That certainly made me smile!