There are writers I have spoken to that have confirmed this, as well as from my own first hand experience, our minds are always ticking over. We are writing stories in our heads as we brush our teeth, travel on the Tube, eat our lunch, put out the bins, watch television, and so on. As a poet I am puzzling over titles, over used cliché alternatives, end lines, or chewing over the niggles of new inspiration, trying to join the dots, and mould words into something coherent.
So if it were to gradually recede, or to suddenly stop, when the hubbub dims it can seem that the dreaded writers block has hit. I don’t believe in writers block. I think when we hit a rut in our lives seemingly everything begins to unravel, depression sets in, and your mind is far from putting bums in seats, pens to paper, and fingers on the keyboard. You have to nurture the part of you that wants to write, that wants to live on a deeper level. You have got to find a way to feel alive again. When you fee the sharp ends of every one of your five senses, you start to imagine the possibilities, and what those possibilities can become.
I like to walk, to be with nature, to feel the wind, to smell the air of a wood, to hear the faint noises of the roads encompassing the green space.
I like the movement of travel, of going on the Tube, the rush as the train approaches, the swish of the doors, and the crush of people, the discomfort of it all.
That is what gets my muse singing, and then it as easy, and as difficult, as putting bums in seats, pens to paper, fingers on the keyboard, and writing. Even if it is a string of choice words, get the cramp out, and enjoy the sensation of writing again, being immersed into something that is entirely your own creation.
Title: The Day is Ready for you
Author: Alison Malee
I had mixed feelings on The Day is Ready for you, the second collection of poetry by Alison Malee. When I first read the book I struggled to connect with the poems, on the second reading I begun to appreciate the way in which Malee constructs her sentences. She writes with lowercase letters, as well as with the lines spaced, so it felt more intimate. It was that intimacy that made me start to connect with the poems, and enjoy the book. There was a feeling in the poetry of alienation, of not belonging. The questions Malee was asking based on the environment, and the experiences, of the narrator. The love poems gave me the sense the narrator believes love is for the few, and that they don’t believe they are one of those few. I liked the writing was whimsical too at some points, and I liked a lot of the metaphors that were used. I loved the title of this book too, which I interpreted as The Day is Ready for you: You are Ready for the Day.
Concept: we are becoming dull with age
I tell you about the raspberries and you tell me
We are too old to believe in magic
I ask, is it growing up that leaves us empty?
A good, decent sized, poetry collection that will give you nuggets of wonder, and goosebumps, and joy, and nostalgia.
Did you know?
The Day is Ready for you is published by Andrews McMeel Publishing. They have also published poetry by Lang Leav, Amanda Lovelace and Alicia Cook.
Alison Malee has written another book, titled This is the Journey.
Submissions are open. Send your writing to
Animal Crossing zine at Pretty Cool Poetry Thing
Brave Voices magazine Poetry / essays / fiction / artwork
Late Homework Theme Homage
The Hedgehog Poetry press A Restricted View from under the Hedge Poetry
Verve Poetry press Anthology on the subject of male suicide Poetry
If you would like a personalised list of places to send your writing to, or are new to the process and would like some tips on getting started contact me (link is in the menu) and we can sort something out!
The Rumpus Moving Targets by Allie Marini
Issue 12 The Cabinet of Heed
The Rising Phoenix Review have published a number of excellent poems by otherwise unheard voices this month.
1. Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)
I was born in Staffordshire and was raised in Oxfordshire where I currently live. I work as a carer and have diplomas in Health & Social care and Art & Design. I love books – reading them, collecting them, and also writing them. I had my first poem published in an anthology when I was eight and kept going ever since.
2. What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?
I promote my work through social media and also by attending writing meetups and sharing works with other writing groups. I don’t think it takes up too much time at all at the moment because it’s multitasking and I’m still writing as I go along.
3. What projects are you working on at present?
I am currently working on my second novel, a thriller called Fishman. Along the side I am also trying to complete 12 unfinished fan fics and a poetry book about gaming. I still write some poetry on a whim if I am inspired.
4. What does poetry mean to you?
Poetry is one of the best tools I can use to describe myself. It is liberating and culturally enriching.
Hello! If you remember (or are new here) I revealed to you the front cover of new charity anthology Persona Non Grata, edited by Isabelle Kenyon. You can now pre-order that anthology following this link to the publisher Fly on the Wall poetry press shop. There is poetry from 45 amazing poets, and the money raised from sales will go to the two charities, Crisis Aid UK, and Shelter.
Poetry Submissions are also open for the webzine at Fly on the Wall poetry press. The themes are Mental Health and Outsiders. The deadline is October the tenth. Guidelines are on the website here