After my diatribe on upcoming publications, another flyer arrives.

This time it's up-and-coming poets.

It is, of course, not like me to resort to low sexual innuendo, but in sexual terms, the latter description is almost an oxymoron. Or at the very least an image of something which would not ... last ... long.

Online Roget has up-and-coming meaning 'showing great promise'. I don't like it.

It is all part of today's poetry publicity machine, driven to jargon and cliché in such a way as to make the down-and-going Muse turn in her grave. Grrr.

p.s. Read your poetry and rip it up. What an interesting idea!