Up to L

Sphinxes have been going in envelopes all week, but only in little showers of about a dozen at a time, packeted late at night. So I'm up to letter L. If you haven't had yours yet, you're either at the wrong end of the alphabet, or you're in the 'wild card' list. (Don't ask.)

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Where do you find the time?

Well, I do find it usually. Somehow. However, this week I've hit one of those less positive phases. I am not going to manage to do all the things I need to do before Christmas. Not quite sure which of them is going to go, but something will.

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Rain

If there were any music that could seem true
it was of a pessimistic piano or violin and it would be
an étude, nothing divertimento, an étude in rain . . .

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The one you love

This is entirely written, of course, in the additional hour -- the one that went backwards in the middle of the night and meant that I got up at half past eight instead of half past nine.

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More winners

Anne Caldwell, author of Slug Language, has won a First Collection award with Cinnamon Press and will have a full length collection out with them in 2011. Great news! Hardly any of Anne's pamphlets are left, so if you want a collector's item, ask for one now.

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OYEZ and CUPAR

How nice it is to get out! Chester Oyez was a lovely experience. Alas, D A Prince was ill and unable to be there, but Anne Caldwell, Gill McEvoy and Janet Loverseed made it. They read marvellously well. Gill McEvoy nearly brought me to unseemly tears with a poem I know well -- but it was still amazing. Janet read her Grey Hen competition winning poem -- stunning. Both Gill and Anne have full collections forthcoming from Cinnamon. These are going to be books worth waiting for!

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