Thursday 31 July 2014

Two minute challenge

Okay, here's a two minute challenge for you. Take a photo NOW of what you are doing, of what you see right now, then write a poem to go with it direct to screen.

[You can take another minute for edits. Did I ever tell you how POLEAXED I was when I realised I could edit my own poetry? Before that it was just as the ink fell out of my pen.]

So, here's mine...

Hidden by Jan Jones

Only an echo left
of the afternoon's warmth
as I water

Cool English summer brushes my skin...
thin polite white wine perhaps
or genteel rosé
(neither of which has ever done anything for me)

But the colours

Oh, the colours

The colours of my planting are alive
Blazing in this well-bred air

and speak of deep Chilean fire
and sundrenched Californian excess

and I am reassured - looking at them - that there is more to me
then anyone here can tell

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Accent Press holiday collection


Just a quick blog post to say I have an atmospheric short story - set in wonderful Greece - in the new short story collection Holiday Fling from Accent Press.