My review of a new selection of poems by Abdellatif Laâbi

The image is of a hand holding a book. The book is 'My Mother's Language'/ 'La langue de ma mere' by Abdellatif Laabi, translated by Andre Naffis-Sahely

My review of My Mother’s Language/La langue de ma mère by Abdellatif Laâbi, translated and introduced by André Naffis-Sahely (Poetry Translation Centre, 2021), is online at MPT magazine. This is a generous selection of poems (in a neat, pocket-sized French/English edition - perfect to carry with me on a recent train journey) from a poet widely… Continue reading My review of a new selection of poems by Abdellatif Laâbi

Richard Price’s poem, first published at And Other Poems, commended in the Forward Prizes

I'm delighted that one of the poems first published at And Other Poems, the online site I edit, has been highly commended in this year's Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and published in their annual anthology. The poem is 'Personality Test with Worked Examples' by Richard Price and can be viewed at And Other… Continue reading Richard Price’s poem, first published at And Other Poems, commended in the Forward Prizes

New poem in 14 magazine

A new poem 'Self-Portrait as a Green Silk Dress' has been accepted by 14 magazine (Vanguard Editions) and will be published in their next issue, now available to order. My thanks to editor Richard Skinner. Here is an image of the dress that inspired the poem:

Updates to my ‘about me’ page

The image is of two books written by Josephine Corcoran. The first one is called 'The Misplaced House'. It is predominantly black and white and has a photograph of two children and a mongrel dog on the cover. The second is called 'What Are You After?' and is predominantly blue.

I've recently made a few changes to this website/blog, including changing the site's WordPress theme and updating my 'About/Contact' page. Like other WordPress users, I've found some of the recent technical changes to WordPress difficult to navigate and I've considered switching to a different platform (maybe Substack? Are any of you using that?). But, for… Continue reading Updates to my ‘about me’ page

Making visual poems with flowers

The image is of sweet pea petals arranged in three lines as a haiku, with each petal representing a syllable. There are five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables. The final syllables on the first and third lines are inedible sweet pea beans. The text reads 'Sweet Pea Haiku, Late Draft (Overworked).

I've used this blog before as a place to record workshop ideas, so I'm adding a post about some visual poems I've made as they would also work very well in a workshop. Here I've substituted flowers for syllables, words and rhymes in a few poetic forms (haiku, couplet, quatrain, end rhyme) but any found… Continue reading Making visual poems with flowers

New Poem in the 2021 Live Canon Anthology

My poem 'A Baby Speaks on his Birthday in an Autumn Garden, 2020' has been longlisted in this year's Live Canon International Poetry Competition and will be published in their annual anthology. Anthology cover photo by Anna Watson My thanks to the competition organisers, everyone at Live Canon and judge Jennifer Wong. More details and… Continue reading New Poem in the 2021 Live Canon Anthology

New poems, reviews and visual pieces

I have two new poems, 'To Love One Another' and 'True Crime' in The North magazine, Issue 66, (the 'Apart Together' issue) available to pre-order here. In the same publication, I've reviewed new poetry collections by Katherine Stansfield (Seren Books), Maria Taylor (Nine Arches Press) and Jackie Wills (Arc Poetry). I'm continuing to post new… Continue reading New poems, reviews and visual pieces

July Update

The image is of oxeye daisies photocopied and painted by Josephine Corcoran, with the words 'Grow Wild' added

I have two new poems coming out in The North magazine, should be very soon. In the same issue, I've reviewed poetry collections by Maria Taylor, Katherine Stansfield and Jackie Wills. I've also had an acceptance for a poem in 14 magazine which will be published later this year. Many rejections which I won't list… Continue reading July Update

End of month blog and some wildflower poems

The image is of petals of buttercups, forget-me-nots, herb robert and daisies arranged in lines like a quatrain

An end of month blog just to say hello. I'm not blogging much at all but quite often posting a picture or two on Instagram - which I think of as a micro blogging site. I have a pamphlet of poems without a publisher - that is, I haven't found a publisher who wants the… Continue reading End of month blog and some wildflower poems

News/No News in April

The image is of cherry trees in blossom

I've fallen off the blogging bus and I'm struggling to climb back on. I'm not sure why because it isn't travelling very fast. Perhaps it's my dodgy knee/s. Anyway - Hello! - even if it's already May. I'm fully recovered from my first Covid-19 jab (Oxford AstraZeneca) and waiting for a date for my second.… Continue reading News/No News in April