New poetry time

It’s that time again. A new poem by me has been published today, with thanks to Livina Press. The issue can be found via a link here. I’m very pleased to note my work is featured first up, which is quite an honour.

If you read my poem, it will explain the images in this post. That too was a pun.

Image of old fashioned paper letters hand written, and string tied stacked envelopes.
Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on

I haven’t submitted much recently, but I have been slowly working on new pieces, and editing some work. It’s not a race, there are no KPIs, and I’ve never presented myself as a quick writer, but it has felt like a bit of a slog of late. I did some research for an ekphrastic poem and then found so much that I didn’t write a word. It was interesting finding out that an event artists continue to depict likely never occurred, according to historians, and the writer who mentioned it based it on an altogether more personal political incident. Yep, I went down a rabbit hole with that one, but I also went in knowingly. Just because a poem didn’t happen immediately doesn’t mean no writing will happen ever, it’s just in a back pocket for a rainy day.

Steady as she goes, the 2022 writing update:

  • Rejections: 132
  • Pending: 38
  • Acceptances by publisher: 23
  • Acceptances by work: 31
  • Published: 29
Image of hand written cursive writing on handmade paper beneath inkwells.

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