Dinner was cooked by my (fair) hand
then dishes, cutlery, pots, other various bitsâ€™nâ€™bobs, left
youthfully expressed as
â€˜if you end up leaving them, weâ€™ll do them when we get back.â€
my hands are immersed in suds
cook, washer-upper, New Man
the father of daughters, unleashed
For any writer, the search for an agent is a hard one. I have recently started and have three rejections to my name to date. I feel confident that the novel To Live With What You Are will fire an agent’s imagination. Till then, I am in good company with the best of novelists facing a similar journey.
So, a positive message taken in the rejection message from Rogers, Coleridge & White ofÂ London whose submissions team described the novel thus: “To Live With What You Are is intriguing and original”. Let’s hope the next time it is original, intriguing and spot on for us.
More to follow, folks
From the expansive poetry on Irishness to the yearning of the love poems to Maud Gonne, Yeats, like all great poets, captures the enormity and the insignificance of the human condition.
Follow the link to see February on the Moss, the poem for MarchÂ
You can also find out more about West Moss-side, a farm transformed by Kate Sankey to create a high-quality venue for a range of get-togethers, meetings and craft events. Plus theÂ Trossachs Yurts – a low impact, slow get away. Well worth a visit!
It is a place of real beauty, a “vast expanse of all things damp and wonderful.” (NNR site)
February on the Moss is seen in the photo on the wall at West Moss-Side.
A departure this month. Follow the link to the Red Ensemble video of their interpretation of my poem Right. The ensemble used a recording of my recitation of the poem and Palestinian poet Ghazi Husseinâ€™s recording of his Arabic translation as part of their improvisation. The piece was recorded at Glasgow City Halls.
The accompanying film features dancer Joan Beattie of the Vito Dance Theatre.
A short review of the collection in the latest edition of Northwords Now.
Guest reviewer Lesley Harrison writes:
“Charlie Gracieâ€™s poems aim to capture the clear, tender moments of beauty around us â€“ how rain brings light with it, the warp and weft of a single-track road, Tam oâ€™ Shanter at bedtime. Good Morning (diehard, 2010) is a quiet celebration of life and living:
â€œand even when the sunshine bakes us / the rain is only hiding / smirring off the surface of the sea /gathering its breath / for the big Heave Hoâ€.”
The start of a new year and hopefully more joy for our country. Katrina Shepherd’s haiku series was first published in Poetry Scotland: Luckie Mucklebackit (Winter 2012/2013). She celebrates the success of Andy Murray and his visit back home to Dunblane.
With a love of the living beauty of the natural world, Katrina is often inspired by people and nature.Â Her haiku are published in Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.Â Some have been given awards.