We’ll Be Right Back After This Announcement

8 Jul

I have been instructed by my publisher to advertise the book in which my poem appears.

Best of Manchester Poets, Volume 1

Sorry, I can’t stop laughing at the idea that I have a publisher, even though it is technically true and he did email me to say this.  Never mind that it was a generic email sent to all the authors; that he had no idea of the identity of the random stranger who thanked him at the book’s launch for including the poem; or the fact that no money will make its way into my hands – in poetry, you’re lucky if the publisher covers the costs; it’s done for love, not dosh.   And never mind that my publisher wanted to charge me £9.99 on the night to buy another copy but you, you lucky poet-lover you, can get it on Amazon for the bargain price of just £7.72.   Click on the image and it will take you right to it.  All major credit cards accepted.  Our operators are standing by, just waiting for your call. 

Or you can click here and read the poem for nothing.  To be fair, there are lots of good poems in the book and it’s an enjoyable read, so I recommend it if you are that way inclined.

Excuse me while I take a shower.

3 Responses to “We’ll Be Right Back After This Announcement”

  1. vivinfrance July 8, 2010 at 21:42 #

    I cheated and read it for nothing. (again) And it’s still a heart-wrenching poem. And now I need a shower…


  2. Lawrence C July 8, 2010 at 23:16 #

    Yeah, I read it for nothing too – but seriously, excellent powerful poem! Well done! Really.

    (shifting gears again…) Yeah, I ended up buying “Wichita Lineman” off iTunes, it was bugging me so much. Listening to it right now, on constant repeat, hoping the overexposure will exorcise it, or at least emotionally deaden it. A brief look on Google will get you critics saying it is the greatest country song of all time – and even the greatest SONG ever recorded. For me, I think it a collusion of childhood reminiscence, imagining how a love who is now gone would have heard it as a young woman (she was older than me) and how it describes the keening feeling of overbearing distance that a technology-dependent emotional life creates, lol.

    As for Tim Hayward – if Hollywood did the BP story, my money is on Steve Carell – in a dramatic turn that will surprise you!


  3. Michelle July 9, 2010 at 04:28 #



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