I am delighted to have a poem included in the August 2015 issue of Cyclamens and Swords. This is a special issue on the theme of ‘relationships’ and contains verse from 52 poets, 10 short stories, and some gorgeous artwork from 7 artists.
You can find my poem ‘no turning back now’ in the middle of Page 3. This is a poem I wrote in September 2011, in the middle of the night because I couldn’t sleep (this was during the last six months before PhD submission so I was more than likely stressing myself to insomnia) – I know that because the post date on my locked poetry journal is 01.57! It’s a disjointed hymn to youthful earnestness and conviction that it’s always possible to get up and leave.
Because of the sheer size of the issue I haven’t had a chance to do more than skim the poetry and admire some of the artwork (the short stories are on the ‘to read’ list!). So here are some extremely selective and extremely subjective recommendations of verse that resonated.
On Page 1 I enjoyed
- Summer Storm, a haiku sequence by Adelaide B. Shaw (her haiku blog here) – I am supremely awful at haiku or any kind of structured poetry so greatly admire such skill in others. These were lovely and fresh.
- He Was an Artiste by Angelika Quirk – Women – even portraits of them – won’t be owned!
- Nina’s Five Husbands by Art Heifetz – This made me chuckle out loud, the ending is priceless. I also lost quite a bit of time at the author’s poetry blog: Polished Brass Poems
- While we wait by Ashwini Bhasi – A perfectly depicted moment
- Lear and White spot by Britta R Kollberg – First will delight any Shakespeare fan, and the second makes me think of Alexander The Great though I doubt that was the intention
- My Love For You and Multiverse by Christina Tang-Bernas – The first is lusciously visceral and the second is something every sci-fi (sci-fact!) fan has thought whilst cuddling to their loved one.
Page 2 yielded such gems as
- Crossing Conditions by Dawn McGuire – There was something about this mix of environmental and personal, that spoke to me at this particular point. Both dream-like and grounded.
- Joy, like a Purple Balloon by Diane Frank – The kind of joy and positivity I really needed
- War Children by Gila Landman – Poignant. We live in the world of sides.
- Four Corners by Helen Bar-Lev – I enjoyed the elemental imagery a lot!
Skimming through Page 3 I stopped at
- Reverie and Memory by Jessica Goody – Painful shades of loss
- Wedding Photo, Chi Nan Fu China Mission, December 7, 1897 and When Stella Saw Herb Skating by John B. Lee – Arresting imagery takes the reader to the past
- Speed Dating and Muriel and Robert by Johnmichael Simon – Gentle amusement at the vagaries of romance
- “Death stalks me with a flower between her teeth” by Laurice Gilbert – Won me over with a Buffy reference and kept me with the rather clever and literary musings on death
- Flight-Path Tel Aviv – Melbourne by Lilian Cohen – This one struck way too close for comfort
- Kelp by Lytton Bell – Love the wild meeting of sea and shore
- Being At Home, en Paris by Marian Kaplun Shapiro – Poetry that mixes languages always resonates with me. Also this reminds me of my own Paris poem. And the fact that sometime I probably should actually go there…
And finally on Page 4 the following caught my attention
- The Fight in Spain by Merridawn Duckler – Funny and poignant and ringing true. Also, what an awesome name this poet has!
- Obsession by Norma Ketzis – Well this is how to keep a man 😀 I know several who’d prefer it that way…
- About That Kiss by RC deWinter – Sensual yet self-possessed