File Under: Better than a Punch in the Neck

Darkness on the Edge of Toast, my often-read ode to Bruce Springsteen has been published this month in Sept/Oct issue of The American Poetry Review.The issue also features new work by Tom Sleigh, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Patrick Donnelly, Patrick Rosal, Joshua Beckman and others great poets. I particularly liked Thomas Sayers Ellis‘ poem The Judges of Craft.

The American Poetry Review has long been a favourite poetry magazine and I highly recommend a subscription. I, personally, find the work published in the APR to be consistently exciting — as in, when I pick up the APR, I always find a line or a form or an idea that stops me in my tracks, a poem which I have to read and re-read till my coffee goes cold. I am, of course, super pleased to be amongst such fine company.

The APR been publishing out of Philidelphia since 1972 and has included the work of over 1,500 writers, among whom there are nine Nobel Prize laureates and thirty-three Pulitzer Prize winners.

Please, do support the APR. You can’t read my poem on-line but subscriptions are reasonably priced for the quality of the magazine and, of course, if you don’t – who will?

If you’d like to come see me read –

I’ll be reading with the Shore Poets at The Lot in Edinburgh.

That’s Sunday September 27th, along side Ron Butlin & Christine De Luca.

There will also be music for two guitars played by Graham Cumberland and Paul Rogers.

The Lot,

4-6 Grassmarket, Edinburgh,

starting at 7.45pm and running for about two and a half hours.

Admission £4 (concessions £3).