New Year letter

A marvellous post from Anthony Wilson on this first day of the new year.

Anthony Wilson


Dear Ant

Looking forward to 2015 it’s tempting to think it will never reach the heights of 2014.

Big mistake. Huge. And you know it.

Everything you did, or, more accurately, received, was a gift, you know that, surely?

Look at what really happened in 2014, those moments when you went to that silence space beyond words and society, where poems begin to make themselves known, and you will see that you will need to protect them fiercely in 2015, which already looks busy.

A word about this: unless you do protect this place, I mean actively, you will soon find yourself running dry and operating out of unconscious devotion to feedback rather than the joy of creation.

Look again. That moment in the campervan in Cornwall reading Ilhan Berk. That timeless sense of excitement and discovery, beyond words, beyond everything.

You don’t need to be…

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About Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca Gethin is a poet and a novelist. Cinnamon Press published her third collection, All the Time in the World in 2017. Another pamphlet is forthcoming with Three Drops Press. Her second novel, What the horses heard, was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2014. Her second poetry collection - A Handful of Water - was published by Cinnamon in 2013. Her first - River is the Plural of Rain - was published by Oversteps Books in 2009. Her novel Liar Dice won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award in 2010 and was published in 2011. She lives on Dartmoor and writes occasional pieces about wildlife and nature. Her poems appear in a variety of poetry magazines and in several anthologies.
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2 Responses to New Year letter

  1. eleanorjvale says:

    Thank you for all this reminds me for 2015 = Happy New Year = Eleanor

  2. Hi Eleanor, long time no hear but hope you have a good 2015 with lots of poetry and all the things you love. Bx

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