A good month, days out, balmy late summer drives to West Hallam, Buxton, Alfreton, Wirksworth, Chesterfield, planning meetings, exciting projects getting ready for the New Year, and writing time too. Quite a lot of time spent on limericks - my tribute to Edward Lear, whose bicentenary it is next year, is a book of nonsense verse and prose called The Nonsense Olympics - time that was often joyous, with laughter ringing the rafters, and other moments of scansion madness - does it scan? does it? does it? Hopefully it's to print in the next few days, and I'll post more about it soon, doubtless.
from Animal Olympics no. 3 - "dodo pogo"
On which theme, 2 things that may be of interest - firstly, the Derbyshire Lit Festival is running a nonsense poetry and flash fiction competition, and if you're interested just go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/festival. And for a great site on Lear in general, there's the very dedicated and wonderful Blog of Bosh nonsenselit.org.wordpress. He called himself Lord High Bosh and nonsense producer, though he also called himself "Mr Abebika kratoponoko Prizzikalo Kattefello Ablegorabalus Ableborinto phashyph" and sometimes "Chakonoton the Cozovex Dossi Fossi Sini Tomentilla Coronilla Polentilla Battledore & Shuttlecock Derry down Derry Dumps".
Other good news for me was having a poem published in this month's The Rialto (therialto.co.uk). I've been much better at sending poems out this year - I forget about it sometimes for a year or two, when I just get too busy with other stuff.
Going to finish for now with a five-minute haiku -
6 music playing
friday night be bop hip hop -
frog music leaping
ciao for now, Matt (woops, seem to have lost photo of self on homepage, should remedy or maybe write photo in words...)