January 2012

14 Magazine has the interesting idea of only publishing poems of fourteen lines, though not limited to sonnets. They’ve just given me the good news they want my poem “How to eat an orange”.

Writing to fourteen lines is a little bit of a challenge, as any sonnet writer knows, but also a helpful one because it encourages you to find a simple idea that you can focus on in relatively tight language. (Of course, you could cheat and have infinitely long lines, but that would hardly be poetry, would it?)

Anyway, check out the magazine: http://www.fourteenmagazine.com/


If you’re in or near Sheffield you might like to see an exhibition of poetry for Holocaust Memorial in the Cantor Building at Sheffield Hallam University. I’ve a few poems amongst them. Others are by writers at the university.

(And if you’re following our poetry mag, Antiphon, you might like to know that issue #2 will be out in a couple of weeks, though there’s still time for final submissions. Any late submissions will be considered for issue #3, of course. Issue #2 looks to be bigger (and even better, of course) than the first issue).

I hope everyone who stumbles on this blog has a happy and creative 2012.