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The art of choosing: poetry magazine editors reveal how they sift and select | Write Out Loud

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The art of choosing: poetry magazine editors reveal how they sift and select | Write Out Loud.

inspirational-speaker This is an interesting article, currently doing the rounds on social media.

It does prove how important the opening stanza is… in fact, the OPENING LINE! Bear it in mind when you proofread your next submission.

Book Launch

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Poetry Reading: Maurice Riordan, Angela France at Waterstone’s, on 28 Nov 2013
 
 
 
 
This Book Launch Event was in partnership with University College Birmingham, Writing West Midlands and Nine Arches Press.
It was a fantastic inspiring evening.wikepediaorg
After reading Flashes last night – tonight I became one! I had to zoom from work to another booking and then from there was attempting a homeward bound journey of about 15 minutes to do a Wonder Woman style change and pick up my writing notepad! Alas, traffic was so congested just after 5pm that I performed a spectacular U turn and headed back to the station.
The same station I missed my train into the city from last time *(Nemesis -every writer needs one!) Ironically this time I was at the station and had a 20 minute wait – and no phone battery! (We all know how time flies on updates.) Instead I bought a much needed sandwich and waited it out on the platform.
 
This did give me a lovely window of free time in the city before the event – and the German Market has arrived and paved the streets with light for Christmas!xmas 1 tealights (Christmas is something I have been trying not to even think about yet as it is still November… it is now however, nearly December and the sooner I buy the gifts and wrap them the sooner I can think about planning the first Christmas in my own home! And also stop worrying about the budget – more on this in December though.)gm
I did a small bit of shopping and arrived at Waterstone’s Bookshop in time to collect my ticket and glass of wine.
 
It is a gorgeous building and sadly as my phone battery was all but dead I didn’t snap any pictures for the blog. I will try to find some online and add them to this post.geographorguk   Copyright © 2013 Geograph.org.uk
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We were on the balcony upstairs – a wonderful use of space. I saw a few poet friends, Cathy, Charlie Jordan and Jo Bell (who I did know would be there because it was on her sharing of the advert that I was reminded of this event – which had been advertised in mailing lists from WWM) however, I was still miffed when she mentioned stalking! 😉 It was a lovely event to talk to other readers and poets and chat I did!
 
 
Both Maurice Riordan and Angela France andrea france c peonymoon are well known, published poets. Tonight was my first discovery of both of them. I had already come across Buzzwords a poetry event Angela runs and one for my 2014 list! Tonight I heard her read and my mind sparked off in a million different directions… and I was without my notebook. I vowed then I would need to buy her book, Hide- her 3rd Poetry Collection. andrea France Hide Peony moon
Maurice opened my mind further and much as I liked what he read from his new book, I ended up buying The Holy Land from 2007 instead. Slightly embarrassed when I asked him to sign it. Reading it on the way home on the train I am certainly not disappointed in my choice. If only I could have bought all 3 books this evening – but my impoverish poet’s purse wouldn’t allow it. (I blew my budget before the summer, I’ve neglected doing any accounts since October because I know what I need to try to make back now is already going to take a book deal.) maurice
 
I enjoyed every minute and was filled with a calm core by the end of the evening. I didn’t even mind waiting half an hour for a train as I had poetry to read (one of the things I hoped to grab from home earlier was a book) – I didn’t realise that the train on the platform was mine – presumed it was London bound, so did sit on a cold metal chair for the first 4 poems!
(I wonder how I have made it this far through life sometimes 😉 )
 
Brilliant night –
 
I love bookshops
I love books
I love reading
I love listening
I love being my mind
 
 
I always have
and always will
it is about time
I realised it
 
 
My soul has been
begging me to take
a look in the
mirror my whole life
 
 
I grapple with conviction
at first
for years
I try it on for size
it fits
Then I gain weight
Life takes over
Peter Pan grows up
 
 
I leave behind a
memory
A yearning
a hole
 
 
Even still pictures
show life
now I know
now I am
Now I will be.