After years of tinkering with WordPress I’ve decided to be a bit more professional and finally created my own website. It’s still in the early stages at the moment – it’s mostly a CV of published work – but the plan is for it to become a kind of online scrapbook of working ideas, experiments, poems, visuals… I’d just really like it to be an inspiring place for lots of experimental poetry, so as I’m testing and discovering new things, hopefully other writers and poets can take something from it too.
Anyway, enough waffling. The website address is https://www.matthewhaigh.net/
Thanks for visiting!
Chuffed to have a poem appearing in the latest issue of Cake magazine, the ‘coffee cake’ issue! It’s available direct from the website now. With thanks to editors Martha Sprackland, Andrew McMillan and Fin Jackson.
I recently had a poem accepted by Josephine Corcoran for her And Other Poems blog. It’s a poem I wrote for NaPoWriMo in fact! You can read ‘The Four Seasons as Husband’ here. Many thanks to Josephine for choosing to publish!
A poem of mine, Meanwhile, In A Pub, Two Men Discuss has been published in Astronaut magazine issue 2. It’s a lovely little magazine with a good mix of poetry and illustration. You can purchase the issue from the website. The poem itself has a film noir theme, so here’s a little clip from The Blue Dahlia to get you in the right frame of mind!
“To be human, you must bear witness to justice. Justice is what love looks like in public” —- Cornel West
I’ve two new poems published at Fit To Work: Poets Against Atos. When disabled and vulnerable people are effectively being murdered by government policy, I felt the need to just say something. While I’m not convinced that simply talking about things gets anything done, writing about these issues might. Could a poem change anything? Who cares? All you can do is bear witness, to be willing to point at a massacre and say “I don’t agree with this – this is wrong.”
Commencing April 1st will be NaPoWriMo, the aim of which is to write a poem a day for the entire month of April.
Last year I attempted this for the first time, and was quite surprised at its usefulness. If you accept that most of what you write will be raw and ugly, you can use it as a tool to churn out all the old ghosts of ideas that’ve been bothering you for however many weeks/ months/ years. By the time you come to the end of the month you’ll probably think most of what you wrote was rubbish (I found this to be the case), but also that you’ve unearthed the starting points for things that will ultimately become good poems.
It’s not about creating 30 perfect poems, but just about writing, getting things down on paper, kicking into action and putting a temporary end to laziness.
Like last year, I’ll be posting my efforts in the specially designated NaPoWriMo thread at the Poetry Free For All forums. This is where others can comment on your work, and you can comment on the work of others, and it all helps to keep you motivated. I recommend it as a fun experiment!
Game: Shadow of the Colossus/ Year: 2006/ Colossus #13/ Name: Phalanx
(Taken from Team Ico Wikia)
Phalanx is the thirteenth colossus.
By far the largest colossus in the game, Phalanx is over twice the length of Hydrus or Dirge. To put Phalanx’s sheer size into perspective, each of its wings are over 60 ft long, with the rear-half of Phalanx’s back matching the width of a four-lane highway.
However, Phalanx is also the most peaceful of all the colossi that Wander fights. It does not try to attack him regardless of what he does. It does not even pay him any mind unless Wander climbs onto its back.