I’m so grateful to The American Poetry Journal for including my poem ‘Dinner in Zürich’ in their December issue. The experience I had submitting to this journal was unlike any I’ve had before. The editors were exceptional – supportive, creative, organised, and they really champion their authors. After sending in my poem, we worked together to make sure it was the best it could be before publishing. I’d like to thank Theresa Senato Edwards and Carolee Bennett for their feedback. It’s a rare thing and a valuable resource, to find a journal prepared to dedicate time to helping writers develop. If you’re looking for somewhere that is both friendly and professional to send your work, I’d recommend you take a look at this journal. You can find the current issue and my poem here.
Originally published by The Cadaverine.
I can’t steady your hand, nor
graze the frayed edges of your
midnight madness. I can’t wake
you from dreaming or call a cease-
fire, deliver your letters nor live in your
shaken daylight. In the mornings,
you tremble for dawn like you’ve
caught fire at the windowsill. Your
tongue moves maroon & the words won’t
s y n t h e s i s e; tiny fish in tide,
each time I’ve tried to try to try to try
and talk out loud for both of us – I never do.
Instead, I recognise your grief speak
in the empty shapes my mouth makes
always trying its best to articulate –
you have taught me a silent kind of terror.
I’m so grateful to Ruminate magazine for considering my creative non-fiction work ‘Five Migraines’ for the VanderMey Non-fiction Prize. The piece was a collection of memories about pain, migraines in particular, written in prose poetry. It was quite a tough thing to write so when I learned it was selected in February as a semi-finalist, I was quite moved. I’d recommend this magazine and their prize submissions greatly – the Editors were very kind and informative throughout the process.
For more information or to submit: https://twitter.com/RuminateMag