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Getting in ‘Under the Radar’

I’m not fantastic at the humblebrag tightrope. I either come across as bragging or too self-deferential. But damning the torpedoes… I have a poem in the latest Under the Radar magazine. It has an inviting and mysterious design for the cover and a library book label inside, stamped ‘withdrawn’. I guess like everyone I look for names of people I know or have met first, and found excellent work by Charlotte Gann, Rishi Dastidar, Martin Malone and Marion Tracy – I’m now looking forward to consuming everyone else’s stuff.

Also a considered review of fellow Telltale poet Siegfried Baber’s pamphlet When Love Came To The Cartoon Kid by Charles Whalley. Under the Radar is an impressive publication – and having bought individual copies before, one I will subscribe to so I can continue to read with pleasure.

Here’s my poem, as a humble-bragging proof for posterity 🙂

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‘The Nightwork’ reviewed in The Frogmore Papers

Delighted to find The Nightwork reviewed in The Frogmore Papers by the excellent Charlotte Gann — whose poem In the classroom of touch in the last issue of Rialto absolutely blew me away. I particularly appreciated Charlotte noticing:

“…how it (The Nightwork) invites the reader into its own world of atmospheres. I have real sympathy for the almost comic-tragic I who then soldiers through this. I lurch from the musty box/ of the toilet at the back,/take my place again/ among the ghost-faced sleepers (‘A sparrow at 30,000 ft.’) … There is real anguish here, held securely in poems of reflective subtlety.”

Having the fact I love balancing gloom and laughter picked up on is really heartening.

I am a subscriber to The Frogmore Papers, which is based in Lewes and has been a welcome fixture in poetry publication since 1983. It’s editor Jeremy Page was interestingly interviewed here by Abegail Morely a couple of days ago.

Lovely cover this time, by Carol Lewis.

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The Frogmore Papers, with a lovely cover by Carol Lewis.