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Sunday, 01 March 2015 10:49

How poets count

one four line poem

              published in a poetry magazine

              the ink from your complimentary copy

              stains your fingers


one six line poem

               published in an online magazine

               you email a link to all your friends

               no-one reads it


two more poems

               published online,

               on Facebook you get

four likes

              and your ex asks if

one of the poems is about him


three poems submitted

               to a new anthology

one poem is accepted

one glass of wine to celebrate


               you get invited to a poetry reading

four people listen to you read

one of them is your best friend

              the other is your ex


               you get together with your ex

               and write a lot of poetry

               your poems are accepted in journals


               you break up with your ex

               who now becomes your ex ex

               you write even more poetry

              and more of your poems are accepted in journals


one full length collection published

              you are invited to a poetry festival

ten people come to your reading

one of them is your mother

             you sell

six books


one review in a newspaper

one blog interview

one bottle of champagne

           to celebrate
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Kerry Hammerton

Kerry Hammerton has published poetry in various South African and UK literary journals. These are the lies I told you, her debut poetry collection, was published by Modjaji Books in 2010. Some of her poems appear in the anthology Difficult to Explain, (2010 Finuala Dowling ed.) Other poems appear in the following anthologies: Africa, My Africa (2013 Patricia Schonstein ed.), For a Rhino in a Shrinking World (2013 Harry Owen ed.), Heart of Africa (2014 Patricia Schonstein ed.), and Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe Books 2015). The Weather Report, her second collection, was published in 2014.

Website: www.kerryhammerton.com
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