Archive for November, 2014


November 27, 2014

December Snakeskin will be arriving a couple of days late – on the 3rd or 4th of the month.

The editor is taking a short break in London.

The 100 Years War

November 25, 2014

The stage production The 100 Years War, which presents war poetry from 1914 to today, is currently touring Britain.

It includes some of the Holocaust poems translated by Thomas Land which have appeared in Snakeskin over the past few years.

Details of dates and venues can be found by clicking here.

Hurry, though, the tour’s nearly over. I’ve only just found out about the performance not far from me a couple of weeks ago.

Should we forget?

November 19, 2014

Snakeskin has recently received an email from someone whose verse we published several years ago.
The poems are light and witty, and slightly naughty. The poet has now moved on, and now has ‘a position which doesn’t benefit from having this poetry come up’ in Google searches. She has asked us to remove the poems.
I’d like readers’ opinions on this.
On the one hand, we hardly want to cause the poor lady distress if her early work is causing her embarrassment.
On the other hand, it might make matters worse if we replaced the poems in their Snakeskin editions with a notice saying that they had been removed because of inappropriate content. I’m sure people would imagine the poems to be far more outlandish than they are.
Or we could, I suppose, cut not only the poems, but also all references to them in the index pages of the issues in which they appear. But this seems to me a bit like falsifying the historical record. And it will not, of course, affect copies that are archived in various places.
This is one instance of what seems to be a growing problem. When poems were printed only on paper, the author could suppress them fairly easily by not allowing reprints. But what appears on the Internet stays on the Internet. Even when the editor and sole proprietor of Snakeskin passes on to a better world and his site disappears, those archived copies (at the British library and elsewhere) will remain.
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that we have a right for our past to be forgotten by Google (though most of those availing themselves of this right seem to be petty criminals.)
So in this case, what should we do?