New Poem Published at Silver Birch Press

My new poem – Souldier – has just been published at Silver Birch Press as part of the Me, at 17 Poetry and Prose Series.

Some wonderful poems have appeared throughout the series and I’m excited to appear alongside so many talented poets.

Please have a look if you get the chance. Thanks for your support 🙂

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* New Poem Published *

I’m very excited to have my new poem – At a Dog Fight – published for the first time at Algebra of Owls.

Please have a look and let me know what you think – At a Dog Fight

As always, thank you all for your support 🙂

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My poem ‘The Weight’ published by Algebra of Owls

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Such a great start to my day – ‘The Weight’ was published today on the wonderful poetry site Algebra of Owls.

I’ve been following Algebra of Owls since it started and really enjoy the selection of poetry they choose to display. I’m flattered to have ‘The Weight’ appear in such fine company.

Here’s the link for anyone interested: The Weight at Algebra of Owls

Definitely a site that’s worth exploring.

Shout Out

A massive shout out to my wonderful glass-is-always-full pal, Monica, over at the hub of positivity – Look Around!

I’m so caught up in NaNoWriMo and my collection of short stories that I’ve neglected my blog and let my poetry grind to a halt for November.

And then in steps Mon with her guest post defibrillator and breathes fresh life into my words.

Thank you, thank you thank you.

Here’s my poem: My Love

And here is Monica: Look Around!

If you find yourself forgetting how amazing the world is, five minutes in Monica’s company will remind you.

** Guest Post **

I’m honoured to have a poem appear in the guest post section of one of my favourite blogs – look around!

Monica runs a lovely site, full of her writing and beautiful photography. She also generously donates some space each week to feature the work of others.

If you’re not already familiar with Monica’s blog, I recommend a visit – it is a happy, positive place and is frequently updated with lots of new and inspiring content.

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** Featured Poet **

Have you ever tried to dissect a poem and work out where the magic is hidden? Tried to find which words or phrases leave that imprint that you can feel for days afterwards but can never quite place? I do this frequently and never more so than after reading a poem by one of my all-time favourite poets, Jim Pascual Agustin.

It’s been a little while since my last featured poet post – I still haven’t figured out a way to quit my day job and write full time – but I know this next post will more than make up for the delay. When I contacted Jim to ask if he’d consider appearing as a guest on my blog, I had no idea how much effort he would put into his responses. I hope you will be blown away like I was. Without further ado, please enjoy:

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The Scar Examined at Midnight

tell me about that. that scar.

it is a burn. something has grown
over it that mimics skin.
feel.

my memory goes blurry
when you smoke.
i know you need to, but please don’t.
or i won’t tell you the story.

it is not a burn…

–> Read the full poem and Jim’s bio here: The Scar Examined at Midnight

** Featured Poet **

This month I’d like to introduce you to the poetry of the incredibly talented Mia from Copper Cranes. For me, Mia’s writing is a shining light in the Word Press universe. Profoundly deep, intuitive, imaginative and so beautifully constructed, Mia puts her heart and soul into every post and writes without fear or compromise. But it’s something more than that. Despite the complexity of Mia’s ideas, she conveys her thoughts with a grace and elegance that makes you feel as if the poem was written for you alone.

Copper Cranes is bursting with some of the greatest poetry you’ll find on the Internet and well worth a look. In the meantime, please enjoy:

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Ether

Lit my last cigarette
With a match
That could never be
Struck again.
I stood as black carbon
Final indifference —
Kerosene and gasoline;
Fanning the flames
Hiding high crimes
All the while
Whitewashing ugly pretty…

–> Read the full poem and Mia’s bio here: Ether by Mia

Interviewed by Mandibelle16

The lovely Amanda from Mandibelle16 sent me some really interesting interview questions a little while ago for a new feature she’s running on her site.

I’m not really a big fan of talking about myself but, after reading a brilliant interview she conducted with Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha, I was keen to participate.

My interview has just gone live. If you’re interested, please follow the link to Amanda’s site. It is full of great poetry and many other interesting posts.

Read the interview here

* Adrift Published at Poppy Road Review *

I woke up this morning to find that my poem – Adrift – has been published at Poppy Road Review today. It’s going to be a good day 🙂

Sandy’s site is a beautiful place and it I’m very excited to have my writing displayed there. Here’s the link if anyone is interested – Adrift at Poppy Road Review.

Thank you all for your friendship and support. I’ve been fighting my way through a nasty cold and apologise for not being around as much as I’d like. I’ll do my best to catch up soon.

I wish you all a wonderful day when it arrives to your particular part of the world.

RS

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