Saturday, February 3, 2018

New poems

It's been a little while since I have had new work to refer you to. But I have been fortunate enough in the past few weeks to see new poems published in a few of my favourite periodicals, each very different from the other two.

The American Catholic publication, Commonweal, printed "Acts" and "Pound" in their January 26th issue.

The insurgent site Dispatches from the Poetry Wars published a suite of new stuff alongside some seriously good work by the likes of (CultSoc label mate) Mark Scroggins, Anne Waldman, and Steven Manuel.

And my homage to Denise Levertov's late religious poetry, a poem called "Agnus Dei", was generously included by Stephanie Burt, Chris Price, and Paul Millar in the February issue of Poetry, which is dedicated to new poetry from New Zealand. It's an honour to be considered a New Zealand writer, a designation I have long coveted but have felt a bit uneasy owning for myself. It's fair to say that living in New Zealand has had as much of an influence on shaping my writing over the last eight years as anything else. To be included among poets I admire, mentors like Michele Leggott and Bill Manhire and peers like Hera Lindsay Bird, Therese Lloyd, and Ashleigh Young, is truly gratifying.

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