Current Newsletter No 47, May 2019
May's newsletter is sleek - perhaps in preparation for smooth disappearance, such as by now seems imminent.
I feel immense gratitude to all readers who have made donations towards keeping Give Your Writing The Edge alive, and for all who have contributed poems, reviews, editorials, praise and criticism, and reflections over the years. Truly, you have been part of something unique and valuable, and that uniqueness and value will only increase if and when this venture ends.
I will produce another newsletter next month, and, short of a miracle occurring, I will thereafter contact all donors in order to keep my promise regarding refunds.
My editorial in this 47th letter is a focussed engagement with an early poem of Norman Morrissey's, exemplifying the poet as scientist-philosopher.
I hope you will be nourished by a beautiful reflection by Rilke on the subtle building blocks required by the imagination for worthy poetic creation; and that you may be given light relief by a truly South African 'rainbow-nation' love poem, which I included on a whim.
Coming up at the end of July as part of the Hogsback Winter Celebrations is an event integrating stories, songs and poems - please see the Events Line-up for details. Here I also share the cover design for my book (which is being prepared for print as I write), as well as two further poems from the selection. Please diarise the launch date and make a booking for a sojourn in Hogsback to join me for this special event - for more information click http://www.hogsback.co.za/default.htm and http://www.hogsback.co.za/accommodation.htm. The village will be literally abloom and well worth a visit beyond attending my book launch. (Garden-lovers will be able to do the famous Gardens Tour from 5th October onwards.)
Thanks is once again due to Leigh Barrett for hosting the newsletter online at
Yours in fellowship