For blank hours our bus had swung, Steadily grinding down parabolas Against the wheeling empty sky. Riding a sluiced track of decaying tar An extenuated rattling afterthought, A tattooed apology to progress.
Mountain slopes pinned like curtains Against our backs. White tooth-stones Edging the dropped jaw of the road. A lifetime below in the darkened creases Of the earth, a secret string unravelled, Melt water, in an unvoiced torrent.
Then in the crook of an alpine elbow The world tipped upward into view Yawning lazily like a stretching giant. Tingling point. A void of expanded air Pulling saw-blade peaks white with snow Out of a silent, breathless distance.
Only the ticking of the cooling engine A bleating goat, some buzzling insect Remind us that beyond the remoteness Here, the world is still moving.
Simon Miller teaches English and Drama at an international school in Thailand where he lives with his wife and three growing children. He has written several plays for young people. His own childhood was spent between Botswana and England and he has rarely stopped exploring since. Social history, culture and the natural world are his main fascinations, and particularly the points where all three meet.
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THE POETIC BOND III
Publication date 30th September, 2013
Contact; Trevor Maynard, editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Poetic Bond III is the third anthology of poets from new media, social and professional networking, mainly garnered from the professional networking website, LinkedIn, but also through performance and word of mouth. The Poetic Bond is about exploring, sharing and encouraging poetry from all over the world.
Thirty-six poets from 11 countries were selected through a submission process in which there were no restrictions on form, style, length of subject; instead the choices made were on the basis of emergent themes and congruency in the pool of work; a snapshot of the poetry of new media NOW, seeking to capture the zeitgeist of the moment.
1. THE POETIC BOND III (2013) (edited by Trevor Maynard) ISBN 978-1492384199 will be published by Willowdown Books and will be available on Amazon from 30th September 2013 for $19.99/£14.99.
2. Copies can be pre-ordered for the pre-publication offer price of $10/£7 from http://www.thepoeticbond.com
3. Biographies of the poets contributing to the anthology can be found at http://www.thepoeticbond.com/IIImeetthepoets.htm
4. Trevor Maynard is a UK based poet and writer, manager of Poetry, Review and Discuss Group; his second poetry collection is KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON is published by Willowdown Books and further details are available at www.trevormaynard.com