This week we published material by two names that are probably becoming familiar to you - Rachel North and Philip Challinor. Rachel's 'Picture of an American Soldier' was a stark reminder of the ongoing human cost of war, and Philip had a jab at the coalition with 'What a Blinder'.
My own 'Mice and Men' split the works of two poets, new to Poetry24. Val Walsh examined the 'categorisation' of rape, in 'Good Weather, Bad Weather', and Ian Nenna's 'Average Family' shone a light on increasingly evident social and economic polarisation.
We've listed forty five featured poets here at Poetry24, to date. Each of them has had at least one poem showcased and, judging by the number of returning visitors we have each day, they are getting a healthy audience. A couple of things for poets to remember, though. Do try and respond to comments, when they are left. This encourages the kind of interaction, we'd like to see more of. And, there is no time gap between submissions. So if we publish your poem, and you have another waiting in the wings, don't hold back, send it in.
In her editorial, last week, Clare raised the subject of audience interaction. We've both been a little puzzled at how few people leave comments after reading a poem, and it's been suggested, by one reader, that this maybe due to "…shyness - or lack of confidence in opinion."
Both, Clare and I share a passion for making poetry more accessible, and believe that Poetry24 has a part to play in that aim. All around the world, people's lives are touched by news reports that can offer an ideal prompt for the poet’s voice in all of us. That means, your opinion counts, whether you are the author or the reader.
Looking forward to hearing from you.