Archive for November, 2011

December Snakeskin

November 30, 2011

We’re online a day early, because I’m going away for a few days.

The main feature, of course, is Duncan Gillies MacLaurin’s collection of sonnets, but sixteen other poets are represented as well.


Singing the Sonnet

November 28, 2011

I’m currently putting the last editorial touches to the star turn in December Snakesin. It’s I Sing the Sonnet, the latest in our irregular series of e-chapbooks. The poet is Duncan Gillies MacLaurin, and it’s twenty pages of fourteen-liners, the fruit of twenty-five years experimenting with the form.

All of Duncan’s poems follow the traditional sonnet rhyming patterns, but in some of the poems (and they are among the ones I like best) he has moved away from the iambic pentameter used by most sonneteers in English, to see how the form works with four beat lines, or seven beats.

And why not? Shakespeare included a tetrameter sonnet in his collection. Here is one of Duncan’s:
Mama’s Little Boy

A tearaway with golden curls,
he’ll always be a darling boy,
your little pet, your pride and joy,
the odd one out among the girls.

You worshipped that precocious child
who trusted you and shied from crowds,
the silver lining in the clouds,
a highland burn, remote and wild.

You’d cut him out to be a star,
a maestro on the violin,
a new Yehudi Menuhin.

You never dreamed he’d play guitar;
and now see nothing to commend
this bully charging round the bend.

For someone special…

November 13, 2011

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November 1, 2011

The clocks have gone back and there’s a chill in the air – but never mind, because there’s a new Snakeskin just bursting with the good stuff.
I can’t remember when we last had so eclectic an issue.
Submission quality has been very high recently. I have packed in as many poems as I reasonably can, but have had to let some go that would definitely have sneaked into some previous issues. Never mind. Keep them coming.