Monday, September 22, 2008

Here's to 2009

Well, I decided I’d had enough of messing about with my poetry collection manuscript and submitted it. I suspect I’ve left a few poems out that should have been in, but perhaps not. I have plenty of poems, but wanted to choose only the best. However, these decisions are never easy to make.

Anyway, it’s been accepted! Salt are going to be publish it sometime in 2009. Its provisional title is The Opposite of Cabbage (from a line in one of the poems). I had to either add a few pages or cut a few pages and I chose to cut. That’s very much my nature when it comes to poems – I’ll cut every time.

I’ve really enjoyed many Salt books in the last few years, but never believed I would be part of that list. It’s a good feeling though…

27 comments:

Harry said...

Nice one.

Sorlil said...

Congratulations, that's great news. I love the title!

Andrew Shields said...

That is fantastic, Rob. Way to go!

Andrew Philip said...

Congratulations, Rob! (Though you already know how delighted I am for you.)

Anonymous said...

If 'cabbage' was one of the four humours, I'd say the opposite was 'phlegmatic'. Or possibly 'radish'.

On yersel'


ABJ

James Midgley said...

Congrats, Rob! :-)

mark said...

brill.

Collin said...

Congrats!

Dave said...

Hey, congratulations, rob!

Alison said...

Excellent, Rob! Well done. 2009 looks like a good year.

Rob said...

Thanks very much, everyone.

Background Artist said...

Well done rob. I have one coming out next yr as well, so maybe we could review each others?

Don't worry I have seen enough of your work to know I won't be struggling to make us both look like we know what we're doing.

Yr line,

Your soul has three names;
the mirror, the holdall, the word
you dare not read...


it was when I took one of your poems and close read it, that it dawned on me that I wouldn't have to lie to contextualise you as a very good poet. And what clinched it, was when I heard a recording of you, which was like KEB when i heard her. I am not being funny, but we can all be glib and get carried away in thinking we have been looking properly when we have been to quick to try and see the negative because of petty human jealousies; but as long as we can be honest, admit this is part of human life, at least we have a chance of recognising it when it rears it's head.

My latest one was with Laird when I read him in the Guardian on Saturday, whose work - in my mind - I have always wanted to find fault with (even though my instinct couldn't really justify it), just because of who he is, because of a deficit in me; and it was only when I came to use this piece as the springboard into a piece of writing, a fairer, more accurate assessment appeared on the page as i composed, and by the end discovedred this fault in me, simply because the intellectual-emotional imaginative act and linguistic creation, the language-object i ended up with, was far more in synch and sympathy with this fellow colleague in humanity.

Anway, congratulations, go knock 'em dead..

Hazel said...

Wow, brilliant Rob - they produce really nice books - the kind you want to lift and read - good luck with it.

Jee Leong Koh said...

Huge congrats, Rob. Look forward to reading it.

BarbaraS said...

Way hey! I knew you'd do it :) I love the title

trish said...

Excellent news and very well-deserved, Rob. We'll raise a glass next week.

Anonymous said...

Will it contain a free banana?

ABJ

Ben Wilkinson said...

Great news, Rob - look forward to reading and, if possible, reviewing it.

Rob said...

Thanks again, folks.

Andy, the free banana idea (there is a free banana in one of the poems, in case anyone is wondering) might not work with postal delivery, but...I don't know...maybe Salt could give away a free banana with the hundredth, two hundredth, three hundredth etc copy sold. That shouldn't cost too much!

Matt Merritt said...

Great news, Rob, and hugely deserved. Another 2009 collection to look forward to.

Jane Holland said...

Congratulations and welcome aboard, Rob!

J.

Rob said...

Thanks, Matt and Jane.

Liz said...

Congrats Rob - intriguing title - I'm looking forward to reading it.

Colin Will said...

Just got back from Paris last night Rob, and I'm catching up. Many congratulations, and I'm delighted that you're joining the Salt family.
Colin

Nic Sebastian said...

Been off-line, just catching up. Woohoo, Rob! Way to go!!

Aditi Machado said...

Congratulations, Rob!

Rob said...

Thanks, everyone.