A few poetry notes

Last week I  mentioned that the Poetry Society had a callout for poems that take note, in some way, of 99 of the mostly commonly used words used in 40 years of the National Poetry Competition.  I wasn't going to write anything for this because I thought it was too much of a distraction from … Continue reading A few poetry notes

End of the month blog

Rattling off a post before March ends.  I've worked hard on my poetry manuscript since I last mentioned it on this blog.  Now for the final stages of editing, tweaking, rearranging lines, titles, and order with my editor, Jane Commane at Nine Arches Press.  What have I learned from writing a full collection of poetry?  Mostly, … Continue reading End of the month blog

Towards a poetry collection

I had my very first real life meeting with Jane Commane from Nine Arches Press on Friday.  Nine Arches is based in the Midlands and I live in West Wiltshire, on the border of Somerset in the west of England, so we met in the cafe of the Friends House, by Euston Station in London.   It's … Continue reading Towards a poetry collection

In which I send off a poem 

This week, I've spent a lot of time working on one poem for a competition.  I sent it off yesterday, Saturday, one day before the deadline. I don't know what's made me enter more competitions this year, it's not something I've ever done excessively, preferring instead to send my poems to magazines.  I suppose I … Continue reading In which I send off a poem 

A good January, so far

As Januarys go, this one hasn't been too bad, so far, not taking into consideration world events, of course, although yesterday's amazing marches across the world have filled me with hope.  I've had five - FIVE - rejections in the past six weeks, not all poetry or writing related, but, surprisingly, I'm unbowed.  Could it be … Continue reading A good January, so far

Pamphlet or full collection?

Can I sound you out about something? What do you prefer reading, pamphlets or full collections?  Do you buy either, both, or none? What about writing?  Have you published a pamphlet or a full collection or both?  Which came first? Why?  Have you published more than one pamphlet?  Have you NEVER published a pamphlet?  Did … Continue reading Pamphlet or full collection?

Poetry News

A few acceptances recently, which are always pleasing (I won't bore you with the rejections).  Poetry Wales got in touch to say they've held on to two poems to publish in their summer issue (I had thought they'd be in the current issue).  That's fine by me, as long as they're still publishing them. (I would be … Continue reading Poetry News

Mid-week catch up

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 … Continue reading Mid-week catch up

On not blogging and putting your poems first

I've been absent from here of late, really since I got back from my holiday in Portugal, and it's mainly because I'm trying to plough on with my poetry writing, especially as I'm taking a break from paid work.  I feel that I need to make the most of my free time as I'm never too … Continue reading On not blogging and putting your poems first

I am not a failure I am not a failure

It's the end of the first quarter of 2015 and I must admit that my New Year's Resolution to write for one hour every day has slipped a little.  Argh!  I've been writing in dribs and drabs but these little scraps don't add up to one hour each day.  IamnotafailureIamnotafailure I keep telling myself. Of … Continue reading I am not a failure I am not a failure