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Abergavenny Small Press

A quick mention that I have a couple of new poems appearing in the second online edition of ASP magazine. You can read them here – but do also look at the other poetry and flash fiction appearing in this new magazine. All magazines, whether print or, as in the case of this one, online, take a lot of time to put together and deserve all the support they can get. https://www.asppublishing.co.uk/richard-williams

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Day Job Distractions

It’s been a while since I last posted here. Like many before me, and many, many more to follow, my period in furlough was ended by notice of impending redundancy. Poetry doesn’t pay the bills, and I had to devote a lot of time to a) searching for a new role and b) building my sideline art , photography & sporting memorabilia business to cover some of my ongoing bills. Happily (for me) , I…

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On Becoming a Professional Poet

Simon Armitage was on Desert Island Discs recently. If you haven’t heard the show then it’s definitely worth a listen – an excellent interview and some great music choices ( you can still catch it on the BBC website at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000j120 ) One thing he spoke about was the first time he had a poem accepted for a magazine. It’s a huge moment for any writer, to find that someone who doesn’t know you appreciates what…

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Notes from the Phoney War

I’ve started this post several times. Getting the tone right has been a challenge. It feels, to me, here in Portsmouth, a bit like the situation in Autumn 1939, when as far as most British people were concerned, the war was happening somewhere else. I am not working at the moment, at home in furlough (financial support seems to be the one area of policy that the government seems to have broadly got right at…

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Springwatch 2029

I just found an attempt at an environmental themed haibun on the Poetry Magazines website at the South Bank. This was one of a pair that originally appeared in South – this one in issue 41, from April 2010. It’s interesting looking back at old magazines, plenty of familiar names whose work I admire and who are continuing to develop as writers, following their own path. As for the subject matter, irrespective of the merits…

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South Poetry Magazine Issue 60 Launch

I’ve had poems accepted a number of times by this magazine, which as it’s name suggests, is based in the South of England (though they accept submissions from anywhere). The contents are selected by different guest poets, and all submissions are judged anonymously. Each issue also has a larger selection of poems by a profiled poet, alongside an editorial piece to accompany the poems. I was delighted to be the profiled poet for issue 60.…

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Landings – Third Review

The third review of Landings appeared in South Magazine issue 59. As South is a print only publication the review can’t be found online, so I am copying the whole review here in full. Landings – Richard Williams Dempsey & Windle 57 pp £8.00 (ISBN 978-1-907435-591) Language in this memorable collection is both precise and lyrical. In The Feng Shui shop on Fratton Road the area is bright with “sleet and oil and rainbows”. In…

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A Plug For Poetry Magazines

Like pretty much any other collection-published poet, I would have got nowhere without the existence of little press magazines. The vast majority of these are run by volunteers without any external funding. If you are passionate about poetry, one thing I recommend doing is subscribing to a magazine or two. Whilst many are available online, there are plenty still in print, publishing a wide variety of work by writers who may or may not one…

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