Monday, August 16, 2010

Poems in Southword

We interrupt this illness to bring you some poems in the latest, brand-spanking new Southword 18.

You will find me just underneath Matthew Sweeney - not figuratively (helas!) - with five poems that belong to a much longer sonnet sequence about George Mallory, the British mountaineer who died attempting Everest in 1924, with his co-climber, Andrew Irvine.

James Harpur retires as Poetry Editor at Southword, to be replaced by Leanne O'Sullivan, and Tania Hershman is taking up Fiction Editor-ship there too. All good stuff. Check out the other poems, stories and reviews, it's a meaty issue.

Waiting results from tests...

9 comments:

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for the link to Southword. What a good mag. I picked one at random from last issue: Gerry Boland, Winding Down.

Hope you're beginning to feel better.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Great poems, B.
Actually, you're above Matthew. Girls on top, heh heh.

Get well soon, again. (((hugs)))

BarbaraS said...

On top? I am? Of course I am, N, thanks! See you're looking forward to 'back-to-school' too ;) Time is so precious!

Dom, you're welcome - it's a real corker this time!

Peter Goulding said...

As a boy, I had one of those Stirring Stories anthologies and remember well the story of Odell watching Mallory and Irvine slowly ascending the last stretch before the mist came down. Had no idea they had discovered a body. Any proof they reached the summit? Photographs etc?
Great sequence of poems. Loved it.

BarbaraS said...

Hi Peter, they actually found Mallory's body in 1999. There's no conclusive proof they reached the top, but many believe that they died coming down, not going up.... so many theories, no way of knowing, Peter. The camera he is alleged to have borrowed from a mate may or may not have pictures - they don't know. Thanks for the encouragement re the poems. They're a big obsession of mine!

Jennifer Matthews said...

I always liked James's taste and look forward to seeing what new shape Leanne brings to Southword. Enjoyed reading something new from ya! Lots of great women in this issue. :)

Jen

BarbaraS said...

Many thanks Jen, you may have remembered me reading some of the other ones when I was down in Cork last...

Tania Hershman said...

Hi Barbara,
thanks so much for the mention - but actually my editorship has ended, I've passed it on for next year!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Not a big fan of Southword at the moment B, congrats on being in, fair play, sincerely. But those who didn't get in didn't even warrant a rejection. That's not good enough.In fact it's not right.