Towards Spring

The image is of a news report that children were detained in Moscow for laying flowers at the Ukraine embassy, and a 77 year old woman was marched away in St Petersburg for holding a sign protesting the invasion of Ukraine. Laid on top of the news text are the handwritten words "They can't detain compassion" and "They can't march away love".

What has changed since my last blog in January? Well, the world has changed dramatically, hasn't it, but, here in my small corner of west Wiltshire, the news is less distressing. Since I last wrote here, there have been two in-person Trowbridge Stanza meetings, after a break of two years. Our monthly gatherings, on first… Continue reading Towards Spring

Light Ahead (maybe)

The image is of tiled hallway with fairylights lit on the side of the staircase and a door and window ahead with daylight appearing through them.

Hats off to anyone who managed an end-of-year post, or any kind of post, in the last few weeks. Hats off to anyone who managed anything this year, or last year. I feel that to have come through the past two years in more or less one piece has been an achievement. I'm counting it… Continue reading Light Ahead (maybe)

My Poetry Submissions System

The image is a notebook with a pair of spectacles on top. A writing pen is nearby. In the near distance are more notebooks.

My system for keeping tracks of poetry submissions is a spreadsheet-free zone. It involves paper, pen and coloured pencils. It isn't for everyone but it works for me and I thought I'd share it with you. First, I keep track of all of my submissions in a little book. It was a freebie from a… Continue reading My Poetry Submissions System

End of month, rainy Sunday blog

Last year, I entered poems into more competitions than usual. I wonder why I did this? Perhaps I was trying to win some money in a patchy year or trying to store up funds for whatever lay ahead? I'm not sure, but, in any case, it's a good job I wasn't relying on competition prizes… Continue reading End of month, rainy Sunday blog

Live Canon Poetry Prize Book Launch and Readings

I'm pleased to say that my poem 'A Baby Speaks on his Birthday in an Autumn Garden, 2020' has reached the shortlist in this year's Live Canon Poetry Prize and will be performed at the anthology book launch and prize ceremony, along with all shortlisted poems, online on Tuesday, 19 October, 20:00 – 21:30 BST.… Continue reading Live Canon Poetry Prize Book Launch and Readings

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