New poems in Whale Road Review and The Curlew

Posted on 16 September 2019

A couple of poems that are in my next collection (Return by Minor Road, due out from Bloodaxe in April 2020) have been published recently in rather lovely magazines. 

Whale Road Review, based in San Diego, California takes its name from an old kenning. The ocean is the whale road 

Whale Road Review Issue 16 Fall 2019

Whale Road Review Issue 16 Fall 2019

conjuring the movement of whales in patterns through the waters of the world. The journal publishes poetry, flash fiction, and micro essays. The editors hope 'readers of all sorts will enjoy these short pieces in stolen moments — waiting in line, using the restroom, riding a train, steeping tea'.

Introducing this issue, they say: "We are thrilled to share our Fall 2019 issue! Some of these pieces confront current crises and expose skeletons (literally). Some glow with miracles and hope. One will wave to you from a carousel. All are stunning, worth reading and re-reading this autumn and beyond." I wholeheartedly agree. It's a great read.  

I was also delighted to receive a personal thank you card and some Lady Grey tea from the editor, Katie Manning, to say how much she enjoyed my poem. What a wonderful personal touch. It made my week.  

You can read my back-to-school poem 'Smoke' in the journal here:

Whale Road Review correspondence

Whale Road Review correspondence

I also have a poem in the gorgeously produced print journal The Curlew, a UK periodical 'dedicated to fine writing and illustration about the natural world, which also supports conservation projects'.  

Each issue is named for a tree, and is designed to be a collector's item. The editors say: "In The Curlew  we present ideas,

Larix, The Curlew Autumn 2019

Larix The Curlew Autumn 2019

emotions, imaginings – but most of all beauty. We want passion, images that make us smile or shiver, word pictures that stay with us and make us think. Writing and illustration that enrich our lives."

Sales of The Curlew benefit organisations and charities dedicated to protecting habitats, stopping wildlife trafficking and educating people worldwide about conservation and animal welfare.

My poem 'Wet morning' musing on the cathedral square in Dunblane, is in the 'Larix' issue, named for the Larch tree. This edition contains poems and prose from Ireland, the USA, Khurdistan, Scotland, England, Wales, Canada and India. 

It is a very beautifully produced journal, and I loved all of the poems in it. You can buy a copy here.