Friday, May 27, 2011
My debut poetry collection Emporium is officially published today, so I would like to say woo-hoo.
It was accepted for publication in October 2008, so it has been a loooooooong wait.
But worth it.
It is being published at a time when the poetry sector of British publishing – a "delicately balanced, even fragile, ecology" – is under threat as never before.
It is being published at a time when the "biodiversity of poetry publishing in England" is in "jeopardy".
It is being published after swingeing cuts by the Arts Council to many fine independent poetry publishers.
It is being published in what appear to be the last days of the Poetry Book Society, established by T. S. Eliot.
It is being published today!