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Courage, Brother, Do Not Stumble


One of the perks of my day job is the flexitime system, of which I take advantage by taking long lunches with friends in the summer recess. Yesterday, I had lunch with Rob A Mackenzie. Rob and I swapped the still Protean manuscripts of our putative first full collections, so publication was much on our minds and in our conversation. Despite our shared lamentations over the struggles of publishing poetry*, our discussions re-envigorated my determination to press ahead with my collection. Nicely timed too, as I’m off to an Arvon course on working towards a first collection in less than a fortnight.

I’ve not yet had time to do any more than glance at Rob’s MS, but I’m struck by how many eye-catching titles are in his contents list. It gives a flavour of the slightly surreal wit and humour that pervades much of his best work, which is what you’ll expect if you know his pamphlet or have heard him read. I’ll blog properly on his collection once I’ve had the chance to scrutinise it.

*Okay, so we talked about other stuff as well.

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