When Driftwood by Starlight, my first full poetry collection, was published by The Seventh Quarry Press in June 2021, Maria Lloyd (@mariatlloyd), a research student at the University of Reading, set me some questions about a number of the poems, and particularly about those that relate to the Ancient World in one way or another.
You can find my responses in blog posts (1) to (3) below. I hope you will find something of interest if you click on the links.
(1) Questions from Maria Lloyd here. A post on 'Monte Testaccio, Mound of Potsherds', p.35.
(2) Questions from Maria Lloyd here. A post on 'Wildfire', p.31.
(3) Questions from Maria Lloyd here. A post on 'The Ocean's Tears', p.24 and 'Ice-Blue Blood', p.25.
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While I was in Cornwall earlier in the summer, I took the opportunity to re-visit some of the settings in the book. Posts (a) to (c) below refer to these.
(a) Cadgwith on The Lizard peninsula, setting for 'The Serpentine Stile', p.9. See here.
(b) The Penwith Moors and Mên-an-Tol, setting for '(W)hole Thoughts from Mên-an-Tol', p.28. See here.
(c) Zennor, setting for 'Zennor Voices', p.19. See here.