The Wombwell Rainbow

I have been interviewed by Paul Brookes over at The Wombwell Rainbow. You can read the interview here.


your verb is all water and light

My latest booklet, your verb is all water and light, is now available from Karen Little. It is a new project consisting of six poets, eight poems each, lovingly created by Karen with her amazing hand-drawn covers. All profits from this project are going to an animal shelter in Mexico. If you would like to purchase [...]

Review of ‘Three Colours Grief’

Three Colours Grief was published 2 years ago by erbacce-press. Only now, thanks to Barton Smock, has it had its first review. The three colours represent the blood of the animals, the blackness of pollution, and nature's enduring life-force. You can read the review here.

PAYING/NO FEE Submission call + editor interview – Isacoustic, DEADLINE: Open year-round

For years Barton Smock has been the most generous of poets. Why not submit? He believes in your poetry enough to offer payment.

Trish Hopkinson

Isacoustic is an intriguing new print and online poetry journal recently founded by poet Barton Smock. They are quick to respond to submissions and offer payment $15/$20 depending on if it was submitted or solicited, respectively. You can read past issues on their web site to get a feel for their aesthetic.

I wondered how and why this poetry journal came to be, so I asked founder and editor Barton Smock a few questions to find out. See my interview with Smock and a link to their submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: How/why was Isacoustic originally started?

SMOCK: I turned 42 this year.  Have four children- 19, 17, 14, and 9.  My youngest has a progressive muscle and brain disorder.  I’ve been self-publishing on-demand my own work since 2011.  There is so much love here, but also, worry and tunnel vision.  I’m very introverted, and was writing very inwardly, and reading Franz Wright…

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I'm delighted to have three poems published at isacoustic*. Still Life/ Whale was previously published in Erbacce Poetry Journal 50th Edition, although I've never been able to track down where you can buy a copy. Doubly lovely to be asked to submit by editor, Barton Smock, and to get paid for once! You can read the [...]

Poet Gillian Prew — grievous canticles

Thanks, Tim Buck.

Spectral Lyre

When I encounter a poem with lines having a subtle quality of chant, I’m able to leave the ordinary behind for a little while. Ezra Pound was a master of lifting words on arcs of phrases, and this characteristic levitation of language made his poems extraordinary. That’s about form.

Pound respected poetry enough that he also wrote toward heightened substance. The quotidian — the personal fret, the plodding rumination — was brushed aside. In its place, were image-ideas floating on rarefied vapors of imagination and aesthetic delirium.

Form and substance. Lines bold beyond the dreariness of poorly disguised prose. Lines wild beyond the registration of prosaic thoughts and everyday experience.

Paul Celan was another poetic master of subtle chant and eccentric vision.

As is the poet Gillian Prew.

Here’s a link to her poem “Sequence after Celan” — Poethead Blog.

In her poem, Prew’s lines call to Celan’s, which answer…

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Erbacce Poetry Journal 50th Edition

I was honoured to be one of the poets invited to contribute to this 50th issue of Erbacce Poetry Journal. We were asked to send a poem about something that we are passionate about - my poem is about a dying whale. At the moment I can't find a link to purchase a copy but [...]

cat eyes and the tragedy of mother

Could I marry these two sharp silences? These yellow balls that burn in stare and purr beneath deep where the world is simple. Are they cat eyes or a brace of griefs fresh from the hunter’s recreation? Will they say, I do? Two ochre brides with their black faces and their undercurrent of woe. Cat [...]

Visual Verse

I have managed to write my first poem of the year thanks to Visual Verse. The poems haven't been coming for quite a while so hopefully this is a good sign. I'm looking to read some poets new to me this year so I'd be glad to hear recommendations from anyone reading this post. You [...]

Zoomorphic Magazine

I'm very pleased to have a small bird poem, imaginatively titled 'Small Bird Poem', in issue 6 of Zoomorphic Magazine. They've held onto it for quite a while and can be found in my collection, A Wound's Sound (Oneiros Books, 2014). Many thanks to editors, Susan Richardson and James Roberts.