Monthly Archives: January 2015

Sky for a Silent Boy by Antony Owen

Marvellous poem by Antony Owen.

I am not a silent poet

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

And they knew one green apple could poison the others,
how western eyes would gawp from Sangin’s sky
and eyes of their brothers would judge them from mountains.
And they knew when songbirds broke beaks upon the water
that all the virgins would be ruined in a village
so they shot them for food and sang of their nests.
And they knew from the map of a hen’s bloodied throat
that all the eggs would be covered in dust
so they left them on rocks for concaved dogs.
And when the drones came, flowers closed their mouths
a throbbing blister sutured the days remains and
war bled sky for a silent boy.

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Putting a poetry pamphlet together.

Good advice!

Roy Marshall

This piece is addressed to those poets who haven’t had a collection published before, so I’ll be covering what I consider to be the basics of putting a pamphlet together based on my own experience and including ideas and advice I’ve picked up from my reading and listening to others.

The majority of poetry pamphlets contain twenty to twenty-five poems. The first thing you will need (apart from enough poems of course) is to set aside some



Selecting and ordering poems is a creative exercise that requires attention and care.  If you are hurried or under pressure to meet a deadline you probably won’t be able make the best judgements and as a result you are unlikely to enjoy the process or have the satisfaction of knowing you have put in your best effort.
It’s best to start the process and return to it over a period of days, weeks or months.


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