I don’t google myself often, (honest), but the other day I did and found to my surprise that Poetry Review had reviewed my pamphlet in winter 2013! My Poetry Review subscription lapsed some time ago along with various other magazines and I hadn’t renewed any of them in an attempt to economise. Anyway, I was anxious to get my paws on the review (for better or worse) and eventually after some manoeuvring I tracked down a copy. It’s not a good review, although the reviewer does make a couple of positive statements, but it’s clear the reviewer was anything but impressed with my kind of poem. That said, I’m really happy with this review (I’m still smiling now actually and I read it about three hours ago) because it’s a review and it’s in Poetry Review.
One of my problems is that I’m inefficient at the admin side of being a poet; what kind of person gets a review in Poetry Review and doesn’t even find out until 9 months later? I also forgot to enter my pamphlet in the Michael Marks pamphlet competition last year too (I was bitter when I realised). I’m officially rubbish and I’m not even sure how to go about getting better at this kind of stuff. Oh well, who cares, I got a review. I did consider extracting a couple of adjectives: ‘superior’, ‘clever’ – Poetry Review, and “quoting” them to describe the old pamphlet, but I have more integrity than that! I’m going to now go and reread my review and then later or tomorrow or sometime this week or next I’m going to re-subscribe to Poetry Review in gratitude.