Call me strong,
call me stronger than Rome,
but know that bleak defeat
has settled in my bones.
This little micropoem was constructed from fragments taken from the lyrics to Wavin’ Flag by K’naan. Unfortunately, it turned out a little less optimistic than its source.
Focus on the woman
in rickety chair,
brittle with cold.
Later she makes excuses;
she was not to blame!
This found poem is based on a flash fiction piece of mine, called The Time I Lost My Appetite. It was first published by Reflex Fiction in 2018. I called the poem Appendix, because it seems to distill the essence of the story from an outsider point of view. I feel that it complements the piece really well, and that I should always keep the two together from now on!
My contribution to Poetry Pea’s latest Haiku Pea podcast shows that I am not a very good cook! To be clear, the haiku in the image represented here is not the same haiku as in the podcast. So, if you’d like to hear it, you can listen to the podcast or read the show notes at the link above.
A bit of news
April is nearly here and I have come up with a little project for NaPoWriMo (national poetry writing month). I will be posting ekphrastic haiku and erasure poetry (e.g. blackout poetry) on alternating days. I will post across three platforms: this website, my Instagram account and my Twitter.
If you are already following me on more than one platform, please feel free to pick your favourite and mute notifications, or unfollow me, on the others. I wouldn’t want the responsibility of giving you a bad case of déjà vu!
I haven’t been very active, except on Instagram, but that is going to change in the near future. That does mean however that there will be duplicate content across channels!
I am looking forward to sharing with you what I have been working on.