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NEW release—’singing into darkness’ by Joy McCall and Liam Wilkinson

singing into darkness

By Joy McCall and Liam Wilkinson

A collection of responsive tanka and ryuka triptychs.

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Praise

Okay.  The “mostly quiet and hermit-like scribbler of small poems” from South Yorkshire and the hedgerow, woods and river witch of Norwich have teamed up. I’m ready. I’ve met these two before. This will be good, I think, opening their new book, singing into darkness, totally unprepared to be stunned! This is synergy at its best, when the sum of the whole is greater than its parts. This is no mere mingling of two fine voices, this is a whole new song sung by a whole new and single voice.  One that will leave you half-drunk as if on acorn coffee and red wine.

—Larry Kimmel, editor of Winfred Press and co-editor of the cherita: your storybook journal

The poet Marianne Moore said poetry is not just speech but rather an attempt to listen and respond. Herein lies the beauty of Joy McCall and Liam Wilkinson’s singing into darkness. Something magical occurs. Their poetic collaboration renders poetry all the more inclusive and true. Here are poems that deserve to be read and re-read. singing into darkness is a gem of a book to be grateful for.

—Lynda Monahan, author of A Slow Dance in the Flames, What My Body Knows and Verge.

It was my pleasure to introduce Liam Wilkinson and Joy McCall to each other. Both English, both steeped in the localness of their lives, yet with souls open to other worlds both material and spiritual, they have become regular correspondents. Quite often I have found their responsive sequences of tanka or ryuka in my mailbox, sometimes formally submitted for publication, and sometimes just because that’s the way poets talk. Now they have compiled a book of tanka and ryuka and published them so that anyone with an open heart and willing ear can eavesdrop upon these most intimate of conversations.  If you are a stranger, settle in comfortably because they have tales to tell you. If you are a friend, you already know you are welcome.”

—M. Kei, editor of Atlas Poetica: A Journal of World Tanka

Calls for submissions

 

Submissions to ‘hedgerow #120’ now open:

Submissions to the summer print edition of hedgerow: a journal of small poems are welcomed throughout July. Send 10 or more poems to hedgerowsubmission@gmail.com; with ‘SUBMISSION’ followed by your name, in the subject line. You will only hear back from us if your submission has been successful. To get a better idea of what we are looking for, please have a look at the spring edition—

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Submissions to ‘wild voices vol. 2’ now open:

On this day last year, the call for submissions for the all women’s anthology ‘wild voices’ was announced. In response to the huge success and positive reaction to this book, it has been decided to make it a regular feature of wildflower poetry press. The second volume is scheduled for publication in autumn 2017. Submissions to this anthology will close when the book has been filled. Please send 10-20 pieces of short poetry and/or art (min. 300 dpi, jpeg. preferred) for consideration to wildflowerpoetrypress@gmail.com; with ‘SUBMISSION WILD VOICES’ followed by YOUR NAME in the subject line. You will only hear back from us if your submission has been successful. There is no need to use ‘wild’ or ‘voices’ in your poems. To get a better idea of what we are looking for, have a look at the current edition—

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