Submissions are open until 11pm on 21 June and the anthology will be published in 2020.
The anthology, which began as a moment of triumph and cautious celebration, now also feels like a moment of protest ~ with women's bodies and our rights to choose what we do with them coming under increasing attack.
The poems collected in Atha use collage techniques to anchor into the reality of this moment. Refusing to avoid the challenges and political crises of our time, while navigating a deeper channel of the possibility of utopia that can be accessed even now.
New water poem ~ writing with the artworks on display at the Vital Water Exhibition and the books in the Waterweek Library.
Yesterday's Writing with Water: Embodying Writing workshop at Gallery North, Hailsham, for Waterweek was a huge success!
This poem is collaged from found text at the Waterweek 2019 Vital Water Exhibition.
This sonnet was written from notes taken during an encounter with Christine Binnie’s large ceramic pot, The Binnie Sisters at Birling Gap Summer Solstice 2003, at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; exhibited as part of Figure Study II, spring 2019.
In writing the dailiness of life, the reality releases the dream of perfection. In my own writing practice, I've returned to the ground of my everyday life - journalling with the daily reality of my material circumstances. I've found an excitement in exploring the brevity of the sonnet form, and the openness of its contemporary innovations, to make poetry from my world.
This week's writing practice has been grounded in the realities of my daily life. Journalling & free-writing became a starting point for developing a poetic response in exploring the sonnet form through contemporary experimentation.
This week's writing practice has drawn on the seasonal shift into Imbolc and the power of the waxing moon to plant seeds for future growth.