Current Newsletter No. 41, November 2018
By the skin of my teeth I release November's issue of Give Your Writing The Edge.
The editorial - Writing and Sacrifice - takes up obliquely from last month's discussion on 'psychic emigration' by offering a brief analysis of a poem, by Cathy Dippnall, which invites you once again to flex your consciousness so as to hold a contradiction between self and other - this time, an animal being.
Enriching reader responses include a sterling quote by Carlos Castaneda, contributed by Barbara Fairhead, about the 'path with a heart'.
Barbara launched her second novel, Whereof one cannot speak, this month - I hope to provide feedback for you on this event in the December newsletter.
This issue is braced with a sampling of poems by Cape Town poet Stuart Payne, whose recently launched book, voices from another room, has already received praise and is anticipating reviews in two of South Africa's top literary journals. It is with interest that I note Payne's deliberate departure from 'standard modern' poetic style and his attempts to integrate formal prosody into the speaking voice.
Such an integration is something I have been wrestling with for more than a decade, in particular by means of my 'Butterfly poems' (see my website www.silkeheiss.co.za click Writing, then Poetry, then The Butterfly Poems), or https://silkeheiss.weebly.com/butterflypoems.html will take you straight there). One day I should perhaps reveal Norman's and my bristling debates about this question of style.
A warm-hearted response by Cathy Dippnall to Norman Morrissey's and my seven books of love poems can be found on p.10 - I do hope it inspires you to place your orders for these precious books. Eventually I hope to find a way of publishing them in one collection; for that I shall need support. May these books continue to serve the relationships with our significant others - I am convinced those relationships matter more than anything else in human life.
I solicited Cathy's review and am truly grateful to her for her time and effort. The review is also accessible via my website - www.silkeheiss.co.za click Publications and then Reviews, or go straight to https://silkeheiss.weebly.com/reviews1.html
The online version is hosted thanks to Leigh Barrett of Perspective Publications, at http://perspective-publications.com/give-your-writing-the-…/
Please note that Perspective Publications will be moving to a new site as from 18th December. I will announce the new address when that time comes.
I wish you a thought-provoking read and, as ever, I look forward to your feedback.
Yours in fellowship