Sunday, July 26, 2020

Two trochees short of a Limerick

My name is two trochees.
If you don't know that's okey.
My knees are gouty,
So religion is outy.
I can play any tune I know
But I don't know any tunes.
Let's go.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Night on the High Street

The yellow arm of a crane,
big as an airbus
on the pulverised tavern.
Lemon tenement windows.
Lemon of the fourth floor.
Lemon advert on a yellow bus.
And lit out by the all-night shop,
lemons.

(2006)

night street


Night: pub partly demolished (The Spotted Dog)


Day: crane over The Spotted Dog

Monday, July 13, 2020

Gone mad here counting*

Over the past sixteen years, I have been instrumental in publishing 139 short stories by 113 writers, not counting myself, from Bosnia, Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, USA and Wales.

The last few were online and the rest were in 11 anthologies. I also co-edited two anthologies of poetry. Sales have been very poor but the writers I picked have gone on to win all the major prizes for short stories and some of them are now big names.

Link: Index of contributors to the New Short Stories book series and Story of the Month

* With a nod to The Onion Eaters by J.P. Donleavy

Two Poets in Lockdown

"Was that Mr Whippy or an ambulance?"
"Won't know till they play their tune."

"Everything is wrong in my underpants."

"I'd rather be stabbed than eat a cream bun."

"Your thumbs are working like flies' legs."
"Flies being dumb can but wave."

"Stop poeting me."

Monday, July 06, 2020

The Reforms We Need

"Feeling that rejection in society, it's horrible" 
Senator Eileen Flynn

The reforms we need to make 
are in our own minds 
and hearts. We need 
to pull out the bindweed 
of racism from our lungs 
and drink deep 
from the cooling elixir 
of love, till our thoughts
are like a mountain spring 
bubbling clear 
into the dirty world. 

--
The quote is from the Irish Times on the first Traveller woman in the Irish Oireachtas.