24 Nov 2020 Category: this was meant to be the future
ALI has joined the conversation
JULIA has joined the conversation
Good afternoon, you’re through to Julia. How can I help you?
It’s all so bright.
You’re on the technical live chat. Is there an issue I can help you with?
Make it stop.
Ok, I am here to help you.
Make it stop!
I will endeavour to help you as much as possible.
I understand it is difficult.
20 Nov 2020 Category: red ink
This a new series where I interview poets about their process and writing in reference to a single poem. Today we have Pauline Sewards, a fantastic poet I met through her night Satellite of Love. I’d urge you to buy *Today we are discussing one of the poems from her debut collection. Spirograph, published by Burning Eye books.
Mary says she didn’t know what a rainbow flag was
until a woman with a glorious voice raised one at the Albert Hall.
She said she was just a fat queer from Kansas, Mary says
17 Nov 2020 Category: red ink
This is the start of a new series where I interview poets about their process and writing in reference to a single poem. I’m delighted to start with Barry Hollow, a fantastic poet and all round great bloke who I met through Bristol Tonic.
Faith, Hope and Flames of Indifference
you are recently deceased again brother
rested in peace
I always hope, to not let you burn and feel
the lights go out
in your mother’s cavernous heart and
creation inspires cremation
out of ashes, charcoal drawn
13 Nov 2020 Category: publications
I’ve been lucky to get lots of stuff out in various places so this is a collection of links to my words elsewhere on the internets:
I have three poems in the latest issue of Neon Magazine. One is about parallel universes, one is about a comet and the other is about a potential future. Neon was one of the first literary magazines I read, so it’s a real honour to be included in this issue.
The Daily Drunk Magazine published a very silly poem of mine called Advertorial. It was the quickest acceptance I’ve...
09 Nov 2020 Category: poetry
this winter will be a distant memory but the cold
will have set into our bones, the marrow deep in our
femurs will have wires of frost running through it.
We will lie on beaches, feeling each individual grain
of broken rock and crushed shells below our bodies,
feel the breeze rattle through our pores and sinews,
as we bask and attempt to inject starlight into our veins.
We will have started the process of relearning to speak.
The alphabet will not come naturally, we will start over
with simple sounds...
30 Oct 2020 Category: link round up
I’m moving house this month and I released a pamphlet, so it’s all been a bit frantic. Still, here are some things I’ve enjoyed engaging with this month.
Vanessa Kissule writes about how poetry should be for everyone and how it is a transformative break:
Poetry stretches our ability to process the abstract, to reconcile with that which is and simultaneously isn’t. It is the wonderland in which contradiction is not just accepted but welcomed. There is a growing appetite for social media content that stokes nuanced response over dramatic spikes of dopamine or cortisol....
21 Oct 2020 Category: this was meant to be the future
‘Welcome to C-Mart. I hope you have a wonderful visit. My name is Cindy. If you need any assistance, you can just call my name and I will do my best to help out.’
Her voice was sing-song and floaty. She sounded genuinely pleased to serve your every whim. Cindy’s voice always made Matt’s heart feel dense, like a black hole. He avoided her semi-transparent eyes and stared resolutely at the floor. To acknowledge her was to submit to an endless barrage of adverts.
As Matt shuffled past, the hologram started speaking again.
‘It might interest you to know that...
16 Oct 2020 Category: update
This website’s domain is my name, it’s my face on the front and I type the words. It lives to promote my work and is essentially a a massive ego trip. But I saw this tweet the other day:
🌟 A challenge 🌟
Who will start a blog or website and feature a writer a month and also post their own work and photos?
Promote yourself and other writers at the same time. Maybe you’ll start an online mag (start small and keep it manageable) 🖊 💻 #gauntlet thrown down
12 Oct 2020 Category: publications
In an effort to make something positive come out of this year, I have created a small pamphlet of poetry called Refraction. It features ten poems about swimming and the peace I find immersing myself in water. (There is another, secret meaning; trying to find moments of calm in a relentless, chaotic world.)
Here’s a cover:
and a peek at the first poem:
It’s available for pre-order now on my shop. Currently it is being printed. The cost is only £3 plus p&p, so less than a pint or...
06 Oct 2020 Category: erasure poetry
Taken from Crack Magazine, October 2019.
05 Oct 2020 Category: writing
Above are my journals and notebooks from the past 15, maybe 16 years. Piled up like that it feels quite impressive. If you had told me to fill so many books straight away I would have thought it near impossible.
The compulsion to write things down is often seen as a way of preserving the ephemeral, keeping a record of the time gone past. But looking at the pile, I am reminded of all the millions of thoughts I chose not to write down, and all the ideas I scrawled down and never developed. Only...
02 Oct 2020 Category: poetry
We have seen millions of years
stacked upon another in sediment
history etched into the stone,
outlines and skeletons of creatures
beyond imagination who used
to claim this planet as their own.
We have wandered far from light
covered our hands in ochre dust
and pressed them into the walls
to leave a mark for those following.
We have roamed away from our home
plains, seen towering trees that are
the earth breathing, lakes turned to
rock by angry gods, high mountains
where they sit...
30 Sep 2020 Category: link round up
When I ported this site over and recoded it, I looked through old posts. In 2016 I made monthly link posts where I recommended things I enjoyed. Later, I moved this to a now defunct newsletter.1 I thought I would bring back recommendations, changing the format a little bit. So here are some things I’ve enjoyed.
Blair Braverman On Getting Rejected a Lot (and Liking It). This is excellent advice that I feel I learn over and over again. Worth reading and refreshing.
I finally got round to reading Why I’m...
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