‘Cassowary’ in Ink Sweat & Tears

tumblr_n9xwvlc4Q71tqcqb6o1_540Very excited to say that my poem, Cassowary, was published on Ink, Sweat & Tears today!

Have a gander if you fancy it. Thanks kindly to Helen Ivory for including it!

About IS&T

Ink Sweat & Tears is a UK based webzine which publishes and reviews poetry, prose, prose-poetry, word & image pieces and everything in between. Their tastes are eclectic and magpie-like and they aim to publish something new every day.

World Cup Poems 2010: ‘No Horizon’, ‘Moon Safari’, ‘Cork Oak’, ‘Mimi’ and ‘Estadio Nacional de Chile’

Hello! Just a quick note between games to tell you about a project (and forthcoming pamphlet!) I’m involved in: World Cup 2010 Poems.
My good friends Dave Coates and Al Innes organised this project in advance of the 2010 World Cup as they wanted to fuse their two loves – poetry and football.  The forthcoming project pamphlet will include 32 poems, one for each of the countries playing in the World Cup this year.  
They got a handful of local writers together and divvied up the countries (5 each, give or take) and sent us off to write some poems.  In addition to writing about the country, we were constrained to poems of either 11 or 22 lines long to represent players in a team, or in a match, respectively. 
The World Cup started this week, and Dave and Al have been posting poems up to the website as the countries have been playing.   Head over to http://worldcuppoems.wordpress.com/  to read poems by: Kona Macphee, Sasha de Buyl-Pisco, Ryan Van Winkle, Dave Coates, Al Innes and me!
I was assigned Nigeria, France, Chile, Australia and Portugal.  The poems I wrote are: No Horizon (Nigeria), Moon Safari (France), Estadio Nacional de Chile (Chile), Mimi (Australia) and Cork Oak (Portugal).  They’re being posted online every couple of days, so I’ll try to update this post with links to the poems as soon as I can.

I’m more of a basketball fan myself and knew very little about most of these countries and even less about their football teams to start with, but after spending some time with the poems I do feel a major sense of solidarity now with my poem-teams! 

So please check out the World Cup Poems project page if you have a chance, and keep your fingers crossed one of my teams win the cup!