My contributor copy of DIVERSIFLY, an anthology of poetry and art on Britain’s urban birds (Fair Acre Press), arrived by post on Thursday.
Wings of the book
From its waxy cover and the thickness and soft sheen of its inner pages to the way in which the poems and artists’ images work together, this book is beautifully produced.
In her introduction, editor Nadia Kingsley outlines how this project grew out of her own close encounters with birds in urban settings. My featured poem was inspired by an unexpected sighting at a busy road junction. I’m pleased to find it shares a page with Fiona Moore’s arresting poem about the bird’s song; a pairing of sound and sight, with artwork by painter and printmaker Deborah Vass that reflects the season so well.
You can read more about the project and the commissioned poets and artists here on the Fair Acre Press site as well as Nadia Kingsley’s DIVERSIFLY blogs and a series of podcasts.
In other news, I’ve entered a poem for the Bridport Prize, this week. With a May closing date and results in September, this one’s tied up for quite a while. If by any chance it makes this competition’s long longlist, I’ll be mighty pleased for it.
Hot on the heels of a published poem in issue 66 of The Interpreter’s House comes an acceptance for the DIVERSIFLY anthology: Everyday Encounters with the Birds of Britain’s Towns and Cities – in Poetry & Art. Edited by Nadia Kingsley, it will be published in January 2018 by Fair Acre Press. Mine’s a wee poem (like its subject) but I’m thrilled nevertheless.
Submissions still viable:
- 5 unpublished poems to a poetry magazine, via Submittable, in early June are now ‘In-Progress.’ – since 24th October, in fact – I took to checking daily. (Online submission portals are great, but the trackable status of active submissions serve to highlight the waiting time between ‘Received’ and ‘In-Progress’ (and from thence to ‘Declined’ or ‘Accepted’).
- 4 previously-published poems (3 plus 1) for 2 themed anthologies, to be published by the same small press. (The proposed response dates for these have stretched, over time, from September to November).
- 2 previously-published poems submitted (last year? the year before? I forget) to Poetry in the Waiting Room. I’d be seriously chuffed if either one of ’em gets to grace an NHS waiting room at some point in the future. ‘Nothing ventured…’, right?
- 1 poem entered for a themed poetry competition. I saw (a Facebook link to the announcement on Write Out Loud), I read (the theme, the rules) I entered (I had a poem ready for submission that I reckon fits the theme well). I like the level playing field of competitions. And ‘you have to be in it…’, right?
- I still have high hopes for one particular poem recently returned from my TIH #66 submission. I’ll send it out again without any re-drafting (not sure where, yet).
I’m having second thoughts about a few poems that have been around the houses (including TIH). I’ll re-draft them before re-submission. Or they may end up consigned to Unfinished or Dubious – sub folders where the unviable languish. But there are some NaPoWriMo poems that have lain dormant for months and are ripe for nurturing.