For any of you fed up with my menu of continual Paradise Lost reports this month, here is some other news.
As you may have already read on Tonguefire, various poets on HappenStance Press, including myself, will be reading at the Troubadour Coffee House in London on Monday 26 May. So to all my friends in the south, I hope you can make it there. I’m going to stay over, so there should be time to catch up afterwards, even if it is a Monday night. More news nearer the time, I guess. Good to see HappenStance continuing to extend its profile and reputation.
I wondered at the start of the month whether Paradise Lost would bring more or less visitors to this blog. I suspected less, but wasn’t certain of that. At the moment, the situation is unclear. A slight tailing-off, but not anything major. One of the good things about blogging is that commercial considerations don't count. I can write about what I want for whoever wants to read it. If no one wants to read it, no line-manager is breathing down my neck threatening to sack me. But if you’re desperate for something else to read, you could check out Andrew Shields’s Daily Poem Project, in which he asks you to vote for your favourite poem of the week posted at Poetry Daily (all the links are at his blog). Or you could read the responses to the first of the questions Poet Hound posed last month - the one about how we can best support poets.
Finally, I haven’t written a new poem for about a month now. I’d like to say that’s because I’m looking towards writing one-poem-a-day in April’s NaPoWriMo madness, but I don’t have even a single idea yet for that. Without some kind of unifying concept, theme, form or narrative, I’ll never manage it. Perhaps Milton will inspire me before March is out…