Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Final Editing in Progress

We are now in the final stages of editing the anthology and it has been a joy to work on.  We have been overwhelmed by the response, so it has taken us longer than we expected because we didn't want to miss anything. Every poem has been read by all three of us at least 4 times!  Everyone who submitted will be hearing from us in the next few days.  If we have had to say 'no' this time, it's only because we had so many poems sent to us and the quality threshold is extremely high.

We're currently discussing the layout and hoping to hear from our cover designer soon - we'll bring you more news as soon as we have it.

Thank you again to all the poets who submitted and were willing to support this project.  Words matter!  As Nick Laird wrote recently in the Guardian 'Poetry is always a form of political intervention'.   To read poetry,' he went on, “is to return to a space for second thoughts, for complexity, for empathy, for words that are not defensive or aggressive or divisive or belittling, renews a faith in language and stillness, and a courage in the possibilities of protest, of “speaking truth to power”.” Poetry is an ‘ethical space.