Introducing the poets of The Complete Works III

…though having written that headline I’m suddenly stuck by the notion that the word ‘introducing’ is redundant, so much noise are this latest cohort of The Complete Works making, both in the UK and on shores farther away. But on the off-chance that you are unfamiliar with their work, I’m delighted that we’ll be sharing some of their poems with you on Fridays over the … Continue reading Introducing the poets of The Complete Works III

Guest Editor at And Other Poems

I’m excited to announce that, during the next open submissions window (May 13 – May 15), And Other Poems is going to be co-edited by Rishi Dastidar a widely published poet whose debut collection Ticker Tape is forthcoming from Nine Arches Press in 2017. Rishi is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, a fellow of The Complete Works, a consulting editor at The Rialto and … Continue reading Guest Editor at And Other Poems

Two poems by Rishi Dastidar

  The anniversary issue I am forglopned*, struggling to load, pixelated while walking down Wardour Street. Greying personalities with media hair pass me, talking about intertextuality and Paul Morley, while I pretend to be Eustace Tilley, the way you do with the anniversary issue. The queues queuing to get pancakes. beseech me instead to contemplate the fact that DFW would have been 50 today, and … Continue reading Two poems by Rishi Dastidar

‘Toad gives a lecture’ by Rishi Dastidar

  Toad gives a lecture I vaulted the proscenium arch last night, a one-act show-stopper of my own stealing, featuring a throne of cool wrapped in chocolate velvet, the devastating transparency of Wilde translated by a firebrand Marxist with a fondness for the glottal stop, and a servant whose trousers fall down. That the room actually saw me as Toad of Hall (not Hull), wearing … Continue reading ‘Toad gives a lecture’ by Rishi Dastidar