After a lot of hard work my new poetry collection “A Pigeon Among the Cats,” is now finished and out in the world, flying free. Published by Pretty Tattered Soul Press run by the fantastic Paul B Morris the book can be found on Amazon right now.
The UK version can be found here, paperback or Kindle
The US version can be found here, paperback or Kindle
Here’s the title poem from the book….
Some days I feel like a neurotic pigeon,
pecking out a meagre existence,
surviving on my dumb luck alone
in a world full of cats.
I constantly walk on eggshells,
while all around me the
sleek fat chic pad confidently by,
their lips curled in sneers or snarls.
I’m an endangered species
with no defence except
my novelty value.
Which is no real protection for a neurotic pigeon
whose dumb luck could run out at any time,
constantly scrabbling to exist
in a world full of cats.
A pigeon who realises that his problem is
he’s that bloody stupid he’s forgotten he’s got wings.
It’s National Poetry Day tomorrow and if you’re a poet or interested in taking part it’s very easy to join in.
Each National Poetry Day has a theme and this years is change. So why not share a poem you’ve written on the theme or write a brand new one, even if you don’t fancy putting pen to paper you can still share a poem on change from your favourite poet.
Where can you do the sharing? Well if you have a blog you could use that, National Poetry Day are on Twitter and Facebook, so if you share there be sure to tag them in and use the hashtag #nationalpoetryday.
If you want to know more why not check out the National Poetry Day website here, its packed full of resources and ideas.
I’m very pleased to announce I have a poem in the forthcoming charity anthology “Persona Non Grata” published by Fly on the Wall Poetry and edited by Isabelle Kenyon.
Copies of the book can be pre-ordered here and money raised goes to support Shelter and Crisis Aid UK
I’m very pleased to have three poems in the charity poetry collection Further Within Darkness and Light, compiled by Walsall poet and author Paul B Morris. Sales of the book go to benefit the charity Mind and you can get a copy via the link below
Click here to buy a copy.
Fly on the Wall Poetry Press:
For charitable anthologies
Submissions are now open!
June 10th – September 10th 2018
Guidelines: I am looking for poems which respond to this theme in any way which you see fit. I am expecting there to be a wide range of interpretations – that’s exactly what I want!
For example – you may interpret ‘outsiders’ as the homeless, the lonely elderly, sexual abuse survivors, ‘the undesirables’, the uneducated, the bullied – you name it, if you can make it fit, I want to read it.
You may like to think about a cause you would like to fundraise for as you write. This anthology will be much more fluid in that I want the charity (or charities) we raise money for, to be inspired by YOUR ideas. This means that you are in the driving seat.
If you feel passionate about something in society which makes you, or others, ‘Outsiders’, I want you to write about it.
How To Submit: Go to http://www.flyonthewallpoetry.co.uk and follow the below!
• You can submit an unlimited number of poems, credited where previously published. However, please do just submit once.
• There is a £2.00 fee to submit to Fly on the Wall Poetry Press – this is so that I can give my contributors a free copy of the book only. The paypal button below will take you to pay – if you don’t have paypal please email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Send your poems in a word doc – one poem on each page, to email@example.com with the subject as follows: ‘Your Name/Submission’. Please enclose a short biography also of your writing credits. Past experience will not sway my decision but is useful to add context to your work.
• If your paypal email is different to the email you use to submit to me, please state this in your email.
I’m very pleased to have had two poems accepted into Cockatiels and Bold Women, a poetry anthology being sold to raise money for St GIles Hospice. Compiled by Staffordshire Poet Laureate Emily Rose Galvin the collection is intriguingly split up into five sections based on prompts from Hospice residents and all the poets in the book have risen to the challenge of producing great poems based on these.
Buy the book by just clicking on the link here.
A good friend and talented writer and poet James Josiah has started a wonderful project on Facebook and Twitter called lost haiku. The premise is simple, members of the group write haiku, James prints them off and leaves them on his travels for people to find and enjoy.
Here’s James description of the project
I’ve written a load of haiku this year, like 50+ so far and I couldn’t really figure out what to do with them and I’m not really into the whole publishing my work thing any more (long story) So what I’m doing is printing them off, laminating them and then leaving them out in the wild for folks to find and… I dunno maybe share them or hide them elsewhere?
Now I don’t go very far so if you would like to help me disperse them that would be great. If you’d like to contribute a haiku or four that would be tremendous.
I’m on twitter as @losthaiku and will be using the hashtag #losthaiku as well (I’ve also written this info on the back of the ones I’ve left out thus far)
I’m a member and big fan of the project and I’m proud to say one of my haiku was recently released into the wilds of Manchester, where hopefully someone will find and enjoy it.
If this project seems like fun to you it’s easy to get involved, click here to follow lost haiku on twitter here
Or ask to join the Facebook group by clicking here
So finally the poetry anthology I compiled for charity is out there and ready to buy. Diverse Verse 3 features poets from round the corner and round the world and money raised from sales goes to support Cancer Research UK.
Click here to buy a copy.
On top of that I’m appearing as a guest poet at a couple of events round the West Midlands.
Firstly I’m the half ender at Yes We Cant on Sunday 6th May at the Pretty Bricks in Walsall, starts at 7pm.
Later on in the month I’m one of the guest poets at Poetry Bites on Tuesday 22nd May at the Kitchen Garden Café in Birmingham.
As we move closer to the launch of the Diverse Verse 3 charity collection I curate I thought you might enjoy seeing the cover of the book revealed in all its glory.
The photo was taken by talented local photographer Andy Simon who runs Darkslide Photography and features model Billie-Jo Cox, it was shot at Southcart Books.
I’d like to thank everyone who was involved with the cover. I’m sure you’ll agree its a stunning piece of work and will certainly help the book sell well at its launch and beyond.
More details of the launch of Diverse verse 3 at Southcart books can be found here.
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