Welcome to Issue 31.
Dave Kavanagh and I are delighted to present our first full poetry book, the first collection by exciting Ugandan poet Faith Atuhumuze. She has an original voice, and she evokes the pain of her upbringing with her strong imagery and in her original and flowing page layouts. She deals with war, famine, and the way Christianity is threaded through her society. She also looks at the pains of personal experiences, and at family life, in some of these expressive poems. As our featured poet for this issue, we have also published one of her strong poems, the food aid chain.
You can read all about Faith and her poetry in this issue, in a Q & A session with Dave and an interview with Samantha Maw, who by happenstance was in Uganda recently and met up with Faith.
Other features in the issue include one by Clare Morris, who introduces us to her fascinating collaboration as a poet with the artist, Nigel Bird. We also have reviews by Dave and Jane Simmons, and Dave has created a piece which we really hope will encourage submissions of articles, as well as news and reviews.
Amongst our poets, we have Charlie Baylis with rich, energetic, visual and somewhat surreal poems and Pat Anthony with her powerful imagery, concision, and skillful story telling. Roy Moller tells the story of his birth, abandonment, and adoption, and the trauma of trying to find his identity, I really liked this narrative arc; the way he grew and changed, expressed in precise, laconic descriptions.
A bit of housekeeping now! Please, when you submit poems to The Blue Nib, do make it clear where one poem ends and the next begins. Dotted lines, titles in bold, anything, so there is no ambiguity. I have spent lots of time puzzling over this and have sometimes made the wrong decision.
But, as always, please keep submitting. I really enjoy reading the range of poetry we get from all over the world.
Shirley Bell, Editor.