Icy winds may moan (and by golly they do) but nothing stops good poetry reaching its readers.
Claire Booker had plenty to celebrate this month, with poems published in South Bank Poetry and Prole literary magazines.
South Bank Poetry launched its 14th issue to a packed audience at the Poetry Cafe last week – so crowded I got shoe-horned in behind the lift! Along with a number of other contributors, including Paul Stephenson, Chris Hardy and Peter Ebsworth, I was invited to read my poems: ‘Sudden Snow’ explores the existential aspects of building a snowman, whilst ‘Forbidden Fruit, SW16’ is a cautionary tale of elderberry-picking on a south London street.
South Bank Poetry magazine is available from a number of bookshops, including Foyles at the Royal Festival Hall, and the National Theatre bookshop. Or you can order from South Bank Poetry, 74 Sylvan Road, SE19 2RZ (price £4.30 incl p&p).
The ever excellent Prole notched up issue number 9 this month, which includes a Claire Booker poem about South Africa alongside work by Wendy Pratt, Maitreyabandhu and Rafael Miguel Montes.
Visit the Prole website at: www.prolebooks.co.uk to order a copy of Issue 9, or to set up a subscription.