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.
Since trying to keep my posts ‘useful’, I have found that they have become a lot less frequent and attract less readers. So I have made a decision to set aside a specific weekly time to focus on this and do it properly. Hopefully this should solve the problem.
I’ve written hardly any poetry over the summer, so this week has been a real bonus for me as I worked on about four drafts, and written two more from scratch. I’ve been researching more poetry competitions with a view to submitting to bigger ones, hopefully being in with a chance.
Described as an anthology of “the best in Heroic, Epic and High Fantasy, and with plenty of Sword and Sorcery thrown in”, Fantasy Short Stories: Issue 1 doesn’t disappoint. The five shorts are of a generally high quality writing. I prefer indigenous fantasy novels to short high fantasy, but enjoyed most of the stories–one or two were a little violent for my liking. I think my favourite, and the strongest, was “The Empty Dark” by C L Holland; it was the most engaging and the ending was the most satisfactory of the collection. I liked the idea behind “The Pivot” but found the narrative style difficult to follow. Overall I would recommend the issue.
Fantasy Short Stories: Issue 1 is available on Kindle and other ebooks for £3.08.
For writers: details for submissions are located in the back, and on the website (link above).
I am trying out a new post format–do the headings work for you? Or do you prefer the days of my rambles? Please let me know.
Some more writing prompts! The theme this time is food. If you haven’t already guessed, I wrote this at lunchtime.
Poetry prompt #1
Taking an abstract noun or concept, describe it using gustatory (taste) language.
Poetry prompt #2
Think of a food/drink, and write about what it means to you and why. It doesn’t have to be your favourite—just something that means something to you.
Fiction prompt #1
You are meeting one of your characters for a meal. Where do you go, what do they eat, and what do you talk about?
Fiction prompt #2
Plot a short mystery involving a stolen lunch.