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One slipped by. Now it's Shut for Business.

Ah Shut...

I've been away for a couple of weeks, taking a much needed break from the routines of work, parenthood etc.

I send out a lot of poems and rely on them to tell me if they accept it or reject it. I don't have time to closely monitor each site, so if they neglect to tell me, which does happen on occasion, I assume it's a rejection, or that it was lost.

Lost in the system

I only just discovered that a poem of mine had been accepted and published back in April. It's through the Mad Swirl site. You can find the poem here. It's called Shut for Business. Here is the beginning:

Shut for business

Stand high
Be outspoken
Not that it’s the message

The Best of Mad Swirl's Poetry Forum

I also have a story called In Memoriam coming up in a couple of weeks through another site called Drunk Monkeys. It's a simple piece using various methods of communication. For example, one part is from a letter, another is from a text, the core subject being a man who died. It was rejected fourteen times, the highest number of anything I've submitted. I was about to give up on it to be honest. Proves that persistence does pay off.

This is where I spent half of my holiday, in Indonesia. I was so relaxed, I never wrote a word.

My pic


  1. Good to have you back and open for business. Made a comment on your poem on the Mad Swirl site. I could not help but think of my recently deposed of local member, Sophie Mirabella, when reading it. Looks like you had the place to yourself in Indonesia.

  2. Looks wonderful. I'm glad you had a very relaxing vacation, as you deserved, Anthony. Congratulations on your poem's publication and I look forward to reading In Memoriam.


  3. Thanks Graham and Robyn. Not one of my better poems, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess. The place was only half full and very quiet when I took this, but generally was busier than that.


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