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"Life goes on": For Real featured in The North magazine

In the latest issue of The North magazine #52, you'll find a feature on this year's Poetry Business Competition Winners and the winning pamphlets, from Jim Caruth, Rebecca Farmer, Holly Hopkins and myself.

Each one includes three poems as a sampler, and notes on how the collection came about - inspiration, themes, the beating heart and rhythmic pulse behind the poems. Here's mine.

Also in issue are poems from the likes of Alison Brackenbury, Peter Didsbury, Carrie Etter, Owen Gallagher and Connie Bensley, reviews of the new books from Vona Groarke, Jen Hadfield, Michael Hulse, Jean Sprackland, Sinead Morrissey and Helen Mort, and a host of other features besides.

You can get your mitts on a copy direct from The Poetry Business website here, or else in good indie bookshops.