Iota seem to have upped the ante, producing a bigger and, it seems, higher quality magazine. It must be high quality, because they’ve just taken two of my poems: “Evelyn” and “Plunge”.

“Evelyn” was based on a girl I knew but didn’t fathom when I was about 13. I’ve been offering this poem to mags for two and a half years, so it’s gratifying to find someone likes it at last. “Plunge”, on the other hand, is very recent. It came from a Poetry Business writing day, and is one of those strange, surreal almost-instant creations that sometimes emerge from those wonderful workshops. You’ll have to wait till Iota #87 to see for yourself, though.

And later in the day, Ronnie Goodyer of Reach Poetry emailed to say he’d like to publish another rather old poem of mine, “Eating our Words”. So, a good day for publication.