A massive thank you to Shane for a wonderful plug! (and a fantastic piece of graffiti too)
I’ve been crushed somewhat by the weight of regular, non-writing things of late.
But after getting 3 pieces of great news/anthologies (see post below) I wanted to share a fourth.
‘stamped flat stamped’ is my 200th poem accepted for publication (and 188th in ‘print’ as of writing this) so I’m feeling very happy! HUGE thank you Alec & Nigel at Verity La – thrilled that ‘stamped flat stamped’ is up, and just as great to see, is a short interview too – and what a treat it was to be asked smart, insightful questions!
While you’re there, check out a wealth of other brilliant work from a growing list : Mark William Jackson, Luke May, Pierz Newton-John, Bel Woods, Shane Jesse Christmass, Kirk Marshall, Rjurik Davidson, Ryan O’Neill, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Andy Jackson & Alec Patric
Inside, along with my piece comes to rest – there is the wonderful smoke by Nick Santos-Pedro and Forest from Shane Jesse Christmass (with many great lines like: ‘the grey-gold of the dying sun’) and The Pink Coral War by Lily Chan, with a great narrative, here:
“Toyo loved her English class. Every day she eagerly waited for her teacher to arrive. She gazed at his flawless profile, the straight nose, determined chin. His eyebrows were as straight as his accent. Toyo and her friends were devastated when he left for an inter-district transfer. He was a handsome dream.
Then their English textbooks gathered dust.
The replacement teacher was old and fat and they called him Gut. He mopped a gleaming forehead with a handkerchief and spat out adjectives, verbs and nouns like cigarette butts. Sometimes she daydreamed that her handsome teacher returned to the school, greeting her with joy”