a merry whatever you celebrate and, of course, a happy New Year.
I rounded off the year with the good news (for me, anyway) that my poem ‘You decide’ will be published on Ink Sweat and Tears on 9th January. Thing is, I know what will happen as soon as I see it live on the site: I’ll see all the bits that I should have edited out. And the bits that no-one in their right mind would have written in the first place. And then I’ll cringe for England.
At least, that’s what happens when I look at most of the poems I’ve published this year. Don’t get me started on the ones that I haven’t allowed to see the light of day yet. Then there are the poems that were sent back to me with a kind or not so kind rejection: it seems that there’s nothing like a rejection to sharpen the eye and ear. So my resolution for 2018 has to be to get better at editing my own poems!
And here’s a quick update of a few poems published since I last blogged:
‘Labile’, in Sentinel Literary Quarterly
‘What does the heart mean in popular culture’, also in SLQ
‘My mum’s dream job’, in Ink, Sweat and Tears
‘Gift of the Author, in issue 11 of Picaroon
‘A good girl’, in the Poetry Shed