Sunday, 20 March 2011

Another poem from 'slantways'


He rolled the carpet into a giant cigar and started to smoke it. The shag pile burned well enough and gave him a pleasant high. He defrosted the fridge freezer and melted it down on a teaspoon. The kitchen table and chairs broke up into powder that went straight up his nose. He drank the three-piece suite. The house finally empty, he started to pick at the walls brick by brick.

Kate L Fox

A sneak peak at 'slantways'

This Time Tomorrow

Half an hour from this time tomorrow, you will go out onto the spit again. You will take each step as the water peels back.

You’ll wade in, then watch your feet dry as the tide recedes. Move as far as you dare into the low waves rolling up the bank, see the light crystallise the eddies to almost solid, then watch them disappear.

You will find that the way opens out to you. That you will not be cut off and left for dead, your children crying for their mother, your husband scanning the horizon forevermore.

In so many ways, it’s that simple. The more you walk here the more you know the tides, the play of wind and gravity, and land. The less you know you understand.

Patricia Debney

Venue change

The launch event for slantways will now be held at Waterstones in Rose Lane, Canterbury. Same time - 6pm Tuesday 22nd March.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Our latest publication

slantways collects prose poems crafted by MA students of ‘doyenne’ of the genre Patricia Debney, many of whom are published and award-winning writers in their own right. Like the best examples of the form, this work probes beneath the surface, ignoring the obvious to illuminate the unexpected, reflecting and refracting the world as we know it, looking with attention but always slantways. a collection of prose poems edited by WordAid founder members, Patricia Debney and Jen Kahawatte. For a list of contributors visit our contributors page.

All profits from sales go to JDRF (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), a charity that works to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes. We are holding a launch event as part of the University of Kent’s Tuesday reading series on 22 March 2011.

Please come along and support us – and if you can’t be there, then go to our publications page to buy a copy!