Friday, March 12, 2010

Lovely things to read




This week, into my mailbox arrived Paul Maddern's Kelpdings (great title); The Stinging Fly (so many good stories/poems in there - and congrats to Kit Fryatt on winning piece of the year), The Dark Horse from Scotland/US (really enjoyed this last subscription and now they've gone 'buy online' so there's no excuse!). Last but not least is the Poetry Divas 1(still a few copies left- go there to buy!) pamphlet with those brazen poetry huss... lovely ladies! The Divas work hard and play hard as is evidenced by the poems in this first edition, complete with a cover of pink wellie-booties in a love-heart - oh yah.

Paul Maddern's pamphlet from Templar was one of the winners of their pamphlet competition last year and it's just gorgeous. The poems, the cover (how can you not like a cover that colour), the pamphlet, the words... it's like taking a vacation in your head in much warmer Island waters... how I long for some real heat in the sunshine now.

This year's Templar pamphlet comp. is already open, in fact it closes mid-April, so you'd want to get a move on soon. The judge is Pat Winslow (get her poetry if you can - very, very talented poet) and the comp. closes on the 8th May 2010. Get cracking now (that last bit was to myself ) B)

7 comments:

Emerging Writer said...

Brazen Poetry Hussies are GO! Templar puts me off because they take pamphlets from some fairly established poets. What do you think? Worth a spin?

BarbaraS said...

If you're not in, you can't win ;) Who knows what'll get spotted this year, EW?

Michelle said...

I love the title Kelpdings too, Barbara. Thanks for this.

Rachel Fenton said...

"kelpdings" sounds like the pecussion section of a sea horse orchestra. I love pamphlets and chapbooks.

BarbaraS said...

Rachel, that's a really lovely description of the word. I think the author would be very happy to hear that said about his title (and the work).

Michelle, you're welcome.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Kelpdings is BRILLIANT.

BarbaraS said...

Just one of 4 brilliant pamphlets from last year, N - yours was fab too!