The poem also explores the risk inherent in both change and resistance to change. The blackboard is a metaphor for the gastropub, which in turn alludes to the gentrification of urban neighbourhoods and to the increasing pace of change in life as a whole.
Many thanks to editors Dom Bury and Jon Stone for including it. Available at magmapoetry.com
Much chuffed to have a poem, ‘The Drink Problem’, published in the Spring 2016 issue of quarterly children’s magazine The Caterpillar. And also to spot Laura Mucha’s brilliant work in there (we met, wrote and belly laughed on an Arvon Foundation course last year).
You’ll also find a lonely gingerbread man, a paper wasp, an ant-eating girl and instructions for keeping a pet shark. Get your copy here: www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com
Wow! My first small solo collection of poems, Blueprints for a Minefield, is one of two winners in the Fair Acre Press Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2016.
Big appreciation to judge Jonathan Edwards and congratulations to fellow winner Jill Munro and to the eight shortlisted poets. Many thanks also to Fair Acre Press’ publisher, Nadia Kingsley, who’s already proving to be an absolute delight to work with.