What a week it’s been! I’ve shared stories about my cats, my granny and my love of dressing up, all the while managing (barely) to watch Rafa lose his match at Wimbledon as well as witness the spectacular crash and burn of one Andy Murray. One or two of us have shared running commentaries on this sorry subject, so I know I’m not the only one whose week has been one big balancing act.
As for the World Cup, I’m amazed at how prolific football (as we Brits call it) has become in the States. When we lived there, my boys played on soccer teams but I don’t think the World Cup was mentioned once. Seems things have changed since I left. I will restrain myself from mentioning England’s performance, but I will say well done USA! Moving swiftly on…
It is fitting then, I think, to be able to end the week on a high because I have some exciting news to share with you, which is to say that two of my poems have been published in an anthology! It hasn’t sunk in yet and I can’t quite believe it!
Russ has worked incredibly hard to bring about this beautiful compilation, described in this way:
“An anthology of nearly 100 poems selected from over 20 modern poets. Poetry that isn’t just read, it is experienced. Such poetry can remind you of the greatness and goodness within yourself and others. When one listens to the whispers of their heart, lives can be transformed, beauty is created, healing happens, connectedness occurs, and kindness prevails.”
For those of you who might be interested, Michael over at M. Zane McClellan (Poetry Channel) shares his production of the beautiful preview video of Heart Whispers (only 3 minutes long!).
This is the first time, ever, that I’ve had any writing published in a book, and I am truly honoured to have my poems appear alongside so many wonderful, talented poets, a couple of whom are fellow bloggers and friends.
Thank you so much Russ for making the publication of this beautiful anthology possible.
But none of this would have happened if it wasn’t for you, my dear friends (and family!) who have given me the confidence to go this far with my writing.
I was so scared the first time I posted a poem here, thinking I would be laughed out of blogland, but instead you have given me the best gifts a writer could receive – the space for creative freedom, the breathing room for the raw expression of some of my deepest and darkest thoughts, and the inspiration to explore forms of poetry I didn’t even know existed.
On top of all that, you have given me the courage to keep going.
So I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Who would have thought that all those years ago on this date, barbecuing on a beach with my children and watching fireworks somewhere on the Central Coast of California, that on this 4th of July back here in the UK, I would be blogging about my first ever poetry publication?
Life can bring hardship, pain and loss but it can also bring joy, hope and the realisation of long-held dreams.
Finally then, in remembering those precious family gatherings from a distant past, I wish all my dear American friends today a very Happy 4th of July. I celebrate with you on your independence day and raise a glass to a star-spangled future for us all.