Apr 042011
 

Poetry Scotland has arrived through the post with my poem ‘Poseurs’ on page 7. Unfortunately, there is a typo in line 2: the line is meant to read ‘I mean, there we all are’ rather than ‘there was all are’ but hopefully most people will have figured that out for themselves. I think that’s the first time one of my poems has fallen foul of a typo in print, so I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. Good to see fellow Soutar writer, Maurice Gartshore, or Mo to his friends, featured in there too. Mo and I will be sharing a stage later in the year for a reading in Crieff. ‘Poseurs’ was written when I attended a writing group called Words on Canvas at the National Gallery in Edinburgh. I suppose it’s a light-hearted comment on the objectification of women in art. In years past I’ve written about the art and entered the annual competition but missed the deadline this year. I also omitted to send anything to New Writing Scotland this year. Last September was not a good month for me. But a love sonnet that I wrote for my Dad will be appearing in the pamphlet being published of the best Soutar Prize competition entries. Also arrived recently, a copy of THE SHOp magazine, which is a beautiful production. My poem ‘Kiss’, inspired by the Song of Songs in the Bible, has a darling illustration by Jeanette McCulloch accompanying it – two figures embracing in flight. Finally, I had a standard rejection letter from a poetry publisher this week a YEAR after having submitted poems to them! Yes, a year, 12 months, 365 days. ‘Many apologies for the delay in responding’ writes the editor. And I should think so too…

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