It’s not often I find myself thinking about milking horses, but there have been at least three occasions that I can remember. (Let me know if it crosses your mind more frequently, but know this —it isn’t a competition).
The first was about ten years ago when I remembered an incident from when I was a nipper. My mum helped some friends of ours with a foal that was born on their land. Pleas note that they had horses, it’s not the kind of place where horses just roam about dropping off baby horses for a laugh. Regardless of this, it set me off on the path to write a poem about it.
I did, and there have been many, many drafts since then…and name changes…and submissions to magazines…and rejections and redrafts and resubmissions, etc.
The next time was when I got an acceptance email a couple of weeks ago (March 11th) from the revived Poetry Scotland to say they were taking the poem. I was lucky enough to have been in the last issue of PS under the control of Sally Evans, and I’m very happy to say I’m in the first issue back under the auspices of Judy Taylor & Andy Jackson. I was (and still am) very honoured to be in there, and that this poem has found a home.
I knew it was meant to be when I saw this post on the wonderful Daytime Pics Twitter account a few days after the email came through from Andy.
No, this hasn’t been an excuse to post that picture.
Yes, I am pleased I have.
THE WEEK IN STATS
300 quid vets bill for Wilbur.
56k running – Inc 2 Half marathons in a row…Ouch
0 day of 2 x 7-minute workouts, but the above means I don’t feel so bad
1 x rejections: Got the answer I was expecting from Dark Horse
0 x acceptance
3 poem sworked on: Adrasan Bay, Bullshit Bingo and Gentrification
4 new Submissions: Finished Creatures, Raceme, Spectator and Poetry Ireland
32 poems currently out for submission. Last week saw a few more rejections
63 Published poems*:
42 Poems* finished by unpublished
28 poems* in various states of undress
554 Rejected poems* Eg I’ve decided they are not good enough
0 Review* written and submitted. 3 to do though, so must crack on
1 month, 5 weeks without cigarettes…Last week not great
1 more week that I’m not having an affair with Eva Green
* To date, not this week. Christ!!
Will Harris: Rendang
Led Bib: Sizewell Tea
Ryley Walker: Hypnotic Pulse of the Reindeer Range (with Bill MacKay), Course In Fable, Land of Plenty (with Bill MacKay)
Charles Rumback: June Holiday
Pearls Before Swine: City of Gold, The Use of Ashes
Mary Lattimore: At the Dam, Collected Pieces, Hundreds of Days, Hundred Days of Remixes, Luciferen Light, New Rain Duets, Returned To Earth, Silver Ladders, Terelan Canyon, The Withdrawing Room
Bas Jan – Instant Nostalgia
Lift To Experience: The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads
Kathryn Williams: Hypoxia, Over Fly Over, The Quickening, Two
Khruangbin: Hasta el Cielo
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Eyes Like The Sky
Levitation: Need for Not
Roger Rodier: Upon Velveatur
Mono: For My Parents, Holy GroundAmbulance Ltd: ST
The Las: ST
Neil Young: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Landing On Water, Ragged Glory
Faye Webster: Atlanta Millionaires Club
Pharoah Sanders & Floating Points & LSO: Promises
The Kabeedies: Soap, Rumpus
Kevin Morby: Sundowner
Land Observations: The Grand Tour, Roman Roads EP, Roman Roads IV – X1
The Like: Release Me
The Afghan Whigs: In Spades
Pearl Jam: Gigaton
TV/Film (2 weeks worth)
Unforgotten S5 E5
Line of Duty S6 E1
Teachers S1 E1-2
Malcom In The Middle ( Various)
Poetry Wales writing group
Foxhole Companion S1 E3-5
Will Harris: Rendang
3 x Graham Mort books from Seren