I'm very pleased that one of my short stories, For the Sake of the Children, first published in Night Train was chosen for the Chamber Four Fiction Anthology, a selection of 'outstanding stories from the web during 2009/2010'.
You can download the anthology here and please do, not least because it's FREE!
Also I wanted to tell you that a poem I wrote during Pascale Petit's wonderful Monday nights at the Tate Modern is included in the pamphlet, Poetry From Art. This is only available from the Tate, but I really recommend you getting a copy. Not just for my poem, of course, but for those of the other contributors including Karen McCarthy Woolf, Naomi Woddis, Malika Booker, Rowyda Amin, Matthew Paul, Anne Welsh, Rebecca Farmer, Zillah Bowes, Cath Drake, Rishi Dastidar, Beth Somerford, Roberta James, Cath Kane, Kaye Lee, Lynn Foote, Seraphima Kennedy, Ali Wood, Julie Steward, Elizabeth Horsley, MJ Whistler, Andrea Robinson, Angela Dock, Beatriz Echeverri. Good stuff.
It really is such a privilege to walk around a gallery like the Tate Modern after hours thinking and writing poetry, but what gets me most is how good it feels just to sit and stare at ONE thing, rather than do what I normally do which is to try and see everything. Thank you Pascale!
Here's a poem I wrote in response to Anselm Kiefer's amazing installation, Palm Sunday:
Down in the root ball of the ship
the plant collector is making a nest.
He counts his catch, tucks each seed
up in its own handwritten box, an ebony
cabinet ticking with paused hearts.
He dreams of growing a fresh desert
one day, of these dried moments
in the old land coming back to life.
His bones ache as he waters
the dust, while on the deck above,
sailors sleep, the wooden mast dances
again in perfect tune with the winds,
until reaching for water, it leans
too far, loses balance. White sails,
like baby gowns, christen the sea.
I also have poems in two more anthologies coming out soon, WordAid and South East Poets, but more on those shortly.