It’s still National Poetry Month–just about (not long left)–so here comes my new poetry post. As promised, I’ve included a short review, and a poet feature.
Echoes, by Janice T
The author has a real gift with words. The neo-Victorian style–the first anthology I have read of it–is very different to both contemporary poetry and pre-twentieth century movements; archaic and occasionally modern language with both traditional and non-traditional rhyme structures.
My favourite in the collection is probably Skyline, one of the shorter poems. One of my favourite quotes is
Against the distant hills,
Soft sentries, washed with Summer’s gold.
The verdant green did swell
As if to reach beyond their hold
(From Endless Orchards)
I first discovered McSherry‘s work during my poetry module. A few are freely available to read, others are published in anthologies and magazines. Her poetry is contemporary, very lyrical with a lot of nature imagery. In terms of style, hers is not far off from my own, with an exception:
It’s more that I’m writing, and stealing things from everywhere, rather than I feel like I have to write about something in particular.
I usually need a subject to begin writing, though I can deviate from time to time.
A while ago I submitted my poem ‘Nutshell’ to The Student Wordsmith. And then yesterday came some wonderful words in my inbox …
I am writing to you to thank you for entering The Student Wordsmith’s debut creative writing competition,‘YOU’ is for University.It is with great pleasure that I inform you that your work has been successful, being selected for print in our first creative collection, due for release this October.
Now I don’t normally post twice in quick succession, but when I posted the recipe I temporarily and inexplicably forgot I was going to do this one and didn’t want to wait a few days.
A few posts ago, I mentioned I was submitting a poem called “Reasons to Sing” to an anthology.
Thank you for your submission(s) for our literary project.
After reading through over 300 pieces, we have selected your entry for inclusion in the first The Gospel According to Poetry: An Anthology! With so many wonderful poems from some very talented people, the decision was not easy, and we are both honored and humbled that you chose to become a part of this experience with us.
My first published piece of writing! I am naturally ecstatic. I got the email yesterday and would have posted the news here then but spent all the time I had internet reading the congratulations messages on Facebook (the most comments I’ve ever received on a status update!), so this had to wait.
Since the anthology is for unpublished poems only, that sadly means I can’t share it with you till the anthology is published, target date January ’14. On the bright side, once it is, I’m free to post it anywhere I want!