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Four new poems on US site Empty Mirror

Based in Bellingham, Washington Empty Mirror is a literature journal that started out with a Beat Generation focus. It’s named after an early collection by Ginsberg, which I love. The cover of the Ginsberg collection is superb. I also admire what Empty Mirror editor Denise Enck says about the implications of that title:

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New poem in Strix journal

Strix is a new magazine based in Leeds, with stunning production values – it really is a thing of beauty. I was very heartened that a poem drafted only a few weeks before in the exceptionally inspiring Writers’ Centre Norwich workshop ‘Dream and Vision’ led by Sean O’Brien was picked up for Strix issue 2. I’m in awe of the cover design too – see if you can figure out the elements that make up the owl.

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Memory Maps from 26 at the Bloomsbury Festival

It’s always a joy to be involved in a 26 project. They’re great at coming up with inventive and intuitive ways to tap into your writing nerve. The latest project I’ve had the pleasure of being part of is ‘Memory Maps’ for the Bloomsbury Festival. We were asked to come up with a map from memory (no Googling to check facts or placings), then write a piece of exactly 150 words inspired by it. We then had to write a ‘creative journey’ about how we arrived at the text.

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8 July

David Clarke’s pamphlet, Gaud (Flarestack), won the Michael Marks Award in 2013. His first full collection of poetry, Arc, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2016 and was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. In reviewing his new pamphlet Scare Stories from V. Press for The Poetry School, I was interested in discovering why he chose this format, rather than a second collection.

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