2020 finished on a high note for Iris Anne Lewis when she heard that she had been nominated by Black Bough Poetry for the Pushcart Prize for her poem Swan Song in the Geissenklösterle Cave.
The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize published by Pushcart Press that honours the best “poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot” published in the small presses over the previous year. Magazine and small book press editors are invited to submit up to six works they have featured from which the final selection is made. Anthologies of the selected works have been published annually since 1976. The initiative is supported and staffed by volunteers.
The poem for January is: ‘It was As If’ by Frank McMahon. It is one of three Covid-inspired works by Frank featured in an anthology produced by Palewell Press. See our earlier post for details on how to buy it.
Three poems by Frank McMahon are to be published in a Covid-inspired anthology of poetry and prose by Palewell Press. Frank said ‘Can you hear the people sing?’ brings together voices from around the world, tragic, worried, resilient, humorous, poetic, reflective. They all give evidence of the shared humanity which is helping us to survive and keep going.’ You can find out more about Palewell Press and order a copy of the anthology here.
This month it’s the turn of writer Clare Roberts to be featured in Cirencester Scene. Her poem ‘Descent of Blaven’ can be read in our poem and story of the month section above. She is profiled in the print version of the magazine and her work will be featured on the magazine’s website here from mid-December.
Iris Anne Lewis is the featured poet for November on the Black Bough Poetry website https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/iris-anne-lewis
. As well as some background information about iris, you can read a sample of her work and listen to her reading a couple of her poems.
Black Bough Poetry publish micro-poems from across the world. Only the most compressed, the most pristine, the most vivid, make the cut. As well as enjoying Iris’s poetry, whilst you are on the website, why not look at some of the other poets showcased in Black Bough’s Silver Branch series or take the opportunity to read previous issues of the magazine.
Norman Smith is this month’s Cirencester Scene featured writer. You can read two of his Haiku by clicking on the ‘Poem of the Month’ image, or by going to the online version of the magazine at Cirenscene.com.
On behalf of Black Bough Poetry Iris Anne Lewis will be hosting #TopTweetTuesday on October 27th. #TopTweetTuesday is a great way for poets to share a poem with a supportive community and receive positive feedback from the host and other writers. So next Tuesday log on to Twitter and post a poem marked @blackboughpoems @IrisAnneLewis #TopTweetTuesday. If you prefer just to read a great range of poems, just follow the hashtag #TopTweetTuesday and enjoy.