January 21, 2009

New poems in 3c World Fiction magazine

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I’m pleased to announce five poems in David Kilburn’s 3c World Fiction magazine, alongside powerful pieces about the Middle East, and other great writing from international poets and novelists.




December 11, 2008

The Guardian Poem Of The Week

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Poet Carol Rumens recently featured my poem ‘Your Summer Arm’ on her weekly blog for The Guardian.   Here is the poem, and should you wish to witness the gladitorial contest that ensued … the link is below …


Your Summer Arm


Was it an odd sort of cricket

climbing my oak dresser?  No ―                      

an emerald shield bug, you said,

watching as I tried to slide


a piece of A4 paper

beneath its crooked legs.

When a foot caught, and tore,

I thought we both might cry.




Where is grass to comfort that green?

Those sweet, young shoots

I slipped from their sheaths

and chewed with wobbly teeth?


Now, as we curl into bed,

outside in the whistling damp

the husk I dismembered today

begins to decay in the leaves.




This whirring of thoughts,

rustle of pages,

mean nothing to you



Your breathing is so quiet,

I’d hardly know you were there

if it wasn’t for the glowing limb

buried in my hair.



Ambit Christmas Reading Review

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Martin Bax

Back home from London, and the Ambit Christmas reading.   I know I’m a biased reviewer, but it was a great bash, with a full house at The Owl Bookshop, top notch poetry, and the wine freely flowing.  Martin Bax was in fine form, kitting his staff out with red roses on lapels and setting them the task of soliciting subscriptions to keep the magazine going, post-Olympics related Arts funding cuts. Ambit is ‘the magazine that thinks it’s a book’; it publishes poetry, short fiction and art, a feast for the mind and eye. 

I performed ‘Frau Dittmer’ which garnered compliments on the German accent – in fact I seem to be creating the impression that I speak German, which is another incentive to return to Berlin next year and work on my in fact extremely rudimentary grasp of the language …  I also read ‘Good Definition’, as part of the night’s spicy Christmas fare.  Peter Porter, in a beautifully modulated reading, took a savage swipe at poinsettias, while Alexis Lykiard read a poem inciting us all to surrealist action – spit on a priest today, kind reader…   I also enjoyed Judy Gagahan’s sequence of rather lovely football poems from her new collection. 

After the reading I met a few of the audience members, including David Kilburn who runs a tea museum in Japan, as well as an online international fiction magazine, and Professor Hovhanness Pilikian, an Armenian scholar and sculptor who is involved in the global peace movement.  I have included a few links below – hope you enjoy them, and have a very merry and poetic festive season!





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