Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of November, very kindly chosen by Sean McNulty:




As we reach the foot of the year, it falls on me to choose work from the month of November, a task which is always difficult, no matter how clichéd a line that is.


Poem of the Month goes to rhyme-master Luigi Pagano for Total Quality Management.  Even with serious subjects such as climate change or in this case the plight of the worker, Luigi manages to raise a smile with his exuberance, good humour, and relish for language.



I also loved Jane Hyphen’s poem Song of Myself, inspired by the Walt Whitman poem of the same name.  Intelligent and captivating, like all of Jane’s work.


These months are always great for meditations on the seasonal change/decline/enhancement – or however you see it.  I love all the autumn/winter poems that drop at this time of year.  Here are three on the subject which I especially admired:

The quite frankly astonishing Fenrir by onemorething


Marandina’s delicate and plaintive The Changing of Seasons


And samhennig’s dreamy This time of year



Story of the Month is The Fisherwoman and the Sea by Sim.     An entrancing story that plays out like an old folktale or riddle.  It is a great achievement, beautifully written, wonderfully strange.



This month, we were truly spoilt with continuing works-in-progress by both Mark Burrow and celticman, both full of style and bravura, of the usual high quality we’ve come to expect from them, and of which you can find selections from here:


I’m also a big fan of Simon Barget’s writing so it has been a great pleasure to see him return in recent months with his uniquely surreal stories.  I like to think of them as ‘Head Studies.’  At the start of the month, he gave us another belter in Attention.