‘Growing Pains’ is a chapbook I have been working on forever. I’m so grateful that it has found a home with such a caring publisher. Indigo Dreams publishes writers I admire – Anna Saunders, Kitty Coles to name just a few!
If you click below, you can see my name alongside some amazingly talented poets, signed up to a friendly, caring publisher I massively admire!!! Definitely not sunk in! I can’t wait to work with Indigo Dreams Publishing! Massive congrats to all on the line up. #Growingpains coming 2020
I am delighted to be on the Blog tour for this brilliant collection by established Vermont-based poet, Elisabeth Horan. Below is some information about the book which I hope will convince you of its innovation and creativity!
Portrait by Elisabeth Horan
Inspired by Frida Kahlo
Published by Cephalo Press September 30th 2019
I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone,
because I am the person I know best. – Frida Kahlo
About the book: This book of poetry explores
the life and work of Frida Kahlo, suffusing the intensity of her life into a
dual-language collection. In her love of language and Frida, emerging poet
Elisabeth Horan offers a beautiful meditation on art and that which inspires
it. Her connection to Frida is drawn out through the vivid poems and imagery,
embedding the personal into a life-story that has become well-known. Horan’s
collection illuminates a new approach to Kahlo’s life in its emphasis on shared
experience and poetic tribute.
About the Author: Elisabeth Horan is an imperfect creature from Vermont advocating for animals, children and those suffering alone and in pain – especially those ostracized by disability and mental illness.
She is Editor in Chief at Animal Heart Press, and Co-Editor at Ice Floe Press. She has several chaps and collections coming out this year including Bad Mommy / Stay Mommy at Fly on the Wall Press, Odd list Odd house Odd me at Twist It Press, Was It R*pe, from Rhythm and Bones Press, and Just to the Right of the Stove, with Hedgehog Poetry Press. She is a poetry mentor and proud momma to Peter and Thomas. She recently earned her MFA from Lindenwood University and received a 2018 Best of the Net Nomination from Midnight Lane Boutique and a 2018 Pushcart Nomination from Cease Cows. Follow her @ehoranpoet & ehoranpoet.com Her other books are available to buy from: https://www.ehoranpoet.com/my-bookstore.html
Proyecto Para Repararme en Tres Etapas, Vol. 2 1931
“The Shape of a Tulip Bird” by Christopher Hopkins describes the sea of a “wombing storm” and the tragedy –
“The body doesn’t keep its secrets” and the couple finds in this opening poem, “there is a fist where the heart should be” and that instead of a baby there are “absent echoes”.
In “Magpie”, Hopkins writes, “If life is a feather black or white then death as a blinded bird singing for the night.”
This suggested the fragility of human existence and how small we actually are – just a singular feather, in this case. Hopkins suggests death is the fear of not knowing – the blinded bird sings for something they will never sense. The image of blindness continues in “Hospital” where Hopkins writes, “I’m holding your hand like the blind” – the desperation and the uniting force of grief is clear.
In “My Heart is a failed city”, Hopkins describes the weight of his grief – “All the heaviness is at my centre” and he becomes a “failed city” without the busy city lights and activities.
The collection ends with “White Feather”, a symbol of surrender and purity. The light in the dark is found in celebration as possible as Hopkins is able to be the “happy drunk” with a shared dream and a hope for the future.
About ‘Miles of Sky Above Us, Miles of Earth Below’
Steve Denehan is an extraordinary poet. In this debut collection, his poetry brings unforgettable impact into small spaces, reveals the fabric of solitude in epic proportions, and tells stories of the moments where life truly exists. Touching and uplifting, Denehan brings to life the small things and turns them into the extraordinary. In family life and in love for his daughter, he finds poetry, taking the reader on a journey of love and discovery.
I was delighted to hear a few months back that I would be performing for the amazing spoken word organiser, Apples and Snakes, this July, representing female poets in the North.
The theme of space exploration and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings really interested me because I am fascinated by where science can meet the Arts. My pitch was based on the 64 women who have flown in space so far, from a vast range of countries, their achievements but also their uphill battles to get where they are!
The performance will combine projected visuals, poetry, FACTS and performance. I have never done a show which feels informative and arty, so I am excited to see how other poets tackle this.
I am definitely looking forward to talking about periods in space and how the first black woman (Mae Jemison) cultivated frogspawn in space and how the first British woman in space (Helen Sharman) was first a chocolate engineer!
The event was called Sex Tapes and focused on breaking down the barriers and exploring healthy relationships, free of any labels like “slut-shaming”. The seven performers had all been chosen by two amazing judges, Heidi and Ian, both excellent performers in their own right.
It was the first time I have ever been paid for a spoken word appearance, although I have headlined or been a spotlighted poet at various different places such as Coventry Cathedral, Cannock and New Mills. It was a euphoric feeling to get paid industry-standard rates thanks to Eleanor Snare and her successful funding application from Leeds International Festival . It really brought home to me how life-changing funding can be to artists and how important.
The event for me was liberating and definitely maybe grow with confidence as a performer. It reminded me of when I used to get up on stage and perform the whole play from memory, often in a lead role! I still have no idea how I had the confidence on the memory to do that and this was the first time as a spoken word performer that I learnt my lines! Add to that, that my “lines” were about sex and I was on first in the evening when the audience definitely hadn’t had enough drinks to hear about female orgasms, but I still felt I had a really friendly and supportive reception from both performers and audience alike.
It’s such a small world in the literary community, especially poetry and I was heartened to find out that I already knew two of the performers, but I could also make friends with new poets!
It gave me a real buzz to do more spoken word performances and to demand the correct rate for my performances (as long as the spoken word night has a budget!)
Have you ever been paid to do a performance as a poet?
Each year, Ghost City Press open submissions for micro-chapbooks on any theme, 15 pages long. These collections are free to download and our way of giving back to the literary community, although of course they encourage you to leave donations for the authors who have given their work for free.
I am excited to say that my microchap has been accepted this year- it is a prickly collection which touches on a new relationship, pregnancy (or lack of),the-thing-between-a-woman’s-legs and sexual assault. Light in tone it is an exploration of the wonderful and the horrible things which can occur alongside love. More news soon but until that point you can see what Ghost City Press do here.