Roddy Williams – The Atheist Poet

And today I am celebrating my 100th publication!

I picked up an e-mail at about midnight last night to inform me that two of my poems had been published in the online magazine ‘Snakeskin’. I was a little bleary-eyed as Friday evenings I am often rendered brain dead by the effects of the working week and some palliative vodka.

Anyhoo, after a seemingly interminable stream of rejections, this came as good news.  Being a bit of an OCD geek I updated my records (see my previous posts on Poetry Apps for Geeks) only to discover that I have now published exactly one hundred poems. This excludes some very early work in Sixth Form College magazines where, it has to be said, the competition wasn’t so fierce.

It also has to be said that the vast bulk of these started in around 2006 so I spent many years in the poetry wilderness. It does pay to persevere.

Hard to say which of these two is actually the hundredth poem as they were published simultaneously. However, I would like to think it is ‘men’s names’ which has been submitted to a large number of publishers and uniformly rejected until now.

So, if you’d like to read them, you can find them here. Snakeskin 232 – September 2016


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