Rewilding: An Ecopoetic Anthology

My poem floral mimicry subtypes in humans has been published as part of the Rewilding anthology. I usually post a verse though given the visual aspect I’ve cropped one instead:

floral mimicry subtypes in humans cropped

Transcription:
printed shirts : aggressive / mimicry, / [predator] depicting something harmless, / camarades in the glasshouse / the sharpest contrast, smooth edges, soft / colours foraging success

This was one of the times when I did proper research before writing something. In simple terms floral mimicry is where a plant has evolved to resemble another organism, either to attract and detract attention from itself, much like animals and insects do. So I kind of anthropomorphised the different types and divided them along a predator/prey route involving a floral shirt and a pair of shears.

This is one of the rare times where someone’s reviewed something I’m in or have done, so I’m including that here because it makes me happy. Andrea Mason on Twitter writes “ephemeral poem ‘floral mimicry subtypes in humans’ narrates a nervous dance – hand-written over shadowy botanical illustration”, and in Susie Campbell’s review of the anthology for Poets for the Planet, she writes that “‘floral mimicry subtypes in humans’ breaks down the opposition of flower shapes and letter shapes”–and in both cases they have written more about the many other wonderful pieces in the anthology so do have a look at both the thread and the article for an idea of the other work featured.

rewilding

The volume was published by Crested Tit Collective, and edited by Briony Hughes; I’ve written before about how much I adore the group in a previous post.

The book is not currently available for purchase directly from Crested Tit, but it is available here from Blackwell’s.

懐 ( なつ ) かしい shoebox 二 (nostalgia shoebox) 二

My poem 懐 ( なつ ) かしい shoebox 二 (nostalgia shoebox) 二 has been published as part of issue 8 of ctrl+v in three parts.

I’ll include the one of them below:

natsukashii shoebox preview

“Scattered ephemera from a trip to Japan five years ago, accompanied by fragments of letters from a monk. A bittersweet escapism in a time when we are unable to travel, but with the promise that such things will be possible again one day.”

The piece was originally created in a very long portrait format, but the editors reached out to me to ask if it would be okay to reformat it so that it would work better in the landscape format of their magazine. I added “二” to the title as a result of this, the kanji for two denoting a second version, and also because of it being visually horizontal to reflect the changing format.

The entire issue is able to be scrolled through here.

white sheet (short exposure time)

My poem white sheet (short exposure time) has been published in Pink Plastic House.

the shadow of a girl ~ begins to take
shape ~ in the stereoscope

Written in response to examples of spirit photography featured as part of the Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic exhibition held at the Wellcome Museum in London in 2019.

I was genuinely overjoyed to have a poem accepted to Pink Plastic House as I love the concept behind the journal and really admire the work Kristin Garth puts into the visual aspects. She even created a new room for my poem, the darkroom, with its own picture and everything!

The poem is able to be read in full here — as poems are published on a rolling basis it will make its way down the page, so you’ll need to search my name to find it, or use this image link instead.

update: MA Publishing

From mid-October I will be studying MA Publishing at the University of the Arts, London.

I’ve been trying to get into the publishing industry since completing my undergraduate degree, and after two years this is the logical step to take. The UAL course is actually the only one I applied to, as I was really attracted to its focus on practical skills and actual bookmaking; I find publishing incredibly interesting but looking at the course content for other universities made me feel quite disdainful. But the one I’ve been accepted to seems genuinely engaging, and I intend to make as much use of the book-related facilities as possible while there.

Hopefully in the next year or so I’ll help boost the appalling 13 per cent figure for working-class people in the publishing industry.

fragile muse – blood orange tarot

My poem fragile muse has been published as part of the blood orange experimental poetry tarot.

the skin of half intended sleep
slips free of velvet, gentle jaw
drawing shoreline   […]

The poem will represent the upright Two of Cups in the forthcoming deck.

I originally wrote it around the Queen of Cups card in the White Sage deck, which depicts an otter basking in the water with a cup of tea in one hand and waving with the other. As the card—known in the blood orange tarot as the Creator of Cups—had just been assigned a different poem, the editor suggested some alternatives, which is how I ended up with the Two of Cups. Although it’s not what I intended I feel like the poem fits the card well, so I’m happy with the outcome.

The piece is able to be read in full here, and blood orange continues to accept submissions so if you’re interested in contributing do have a look at what cards are still available.