Friday, January 27, 2012

A Poetry Collection from Doghouse

Another Yipee! This one a bit louder than recent ones.

My poetry collection Asking for Directions has been accepted by Doghouse Books, Tralee, Co Kerry and will be published by the summer. I spent two days in Tralee this week with Doghouse editor, poet Noel King, editing the manuscript. Noel's collection, Prophesying the Past, was published by Salmon last year.

An interesting activity indeed. I've had lots of criticism of my writing being involved with two keen writers groups but this was different. Noel, being editor, had more than a passing interest in what he was going to publish and so his opinions carried a lot of weight.

So, of the manuscript I submitted, four poems were omitted by mutual consent, two need major surgery, most of the rest need minor adjustments and a small number are fine apart from some punctuation insertions. The punctuations needed are generally commas.

So 42 poems including one six part sequence, 60 pages - a mixture of poems looking back and looking forward, looking in and looking out, serious and not so serious. something for everyone! I'll keep you posted!

11 comments:

AquaMarina said...

Congratulations, Michael!!!
a cause for great celebration - You must be over the moon!!

Peter Goulding said...

Oh brilliant news Michael. And with Doghouse too! I love Doghouse. You'll be spending the summer launching!

Mari said...

Awesome news Michael! Many congrats. Kick up those heels.

Connie Roberts said...

Yippie-aye-oh, Yippie-aye-ay, Michael! Wonderful news, indeed.
By the summer, no less. Congratulations!!

I hope to be home in Ireland sometime over the summer--looking forward to catching you at a reading somewhere (I presume you'll be reading the length and breadth of the country!).

niamh said...

Congratulations! Thats wonderful news. I love Doghouse books. Very excited for you. Well done! (Big time!)

Orla Fay said...

Can't wait to see the collection, hope you'll autograph it for me! :) congratulations Michael!

Brian Kirk said...

Great news Michael - Congratulations! I look forward to reading it.

Michael Farry said...

Thanks everyone. Launches to be announced- May probably. Hope to see many of you there.

Deirdre said...

Well done Michael, and well deserved.

Mari G said...

Great news Michael. Doghouse do a lovely production. Congratulations - Look forward to reading!

Honor said...

Well done Michael on a great achievement.