You know that whole love at first sight thing? I would agree in most instances that it’s a load of rubbish, but coming across an illustrated literary magazine like Popshot Quarterly makes you think otherwise.
Championing poetry that isn’t ‘fusty’ or completely disregarding its audience, Popshot combines accessible poetry with vibrant illustrations for an all-round gorgeous magazine, and has been hailed ‘the new face of British poetry’ in the process.
Check out some of their previous published writing and art here, or buy some of their issues to light up your eyes and your bookcase.
I’m so excited to announce that my poem ‘Disperse’ is going to be published in issue 29 of Popshot Quarterly, available in August! With the apt theme Freedom, it may just be what everyone needs to read after lockdown.
There’s something magical about seeing your words printed in a publication, but it’s beyond surreal when you know someone has spent time creating an illustration to complement your work.
The poor postman is going to hate me lurking around next month, hoping for my copy.
About the Poem
At face value, ‘Disperse’ is the story of a dandelion watching its fellow flowers wilt behind a window. However, the poem’s underlying message can be interpreted as you wish; be it standing up to an undeserving ex-partner, or overbearing parents. ‘Disperse’ is a message of confidence and strength.
…If you don’t wish, it’s a general commentary on social conventions and refusing to conform to them.
If you pick up a copy, please let me know what you think in the comments below!