I’m always amazed by visual poetry and I often wonder where poets find their inspiration. A few months ago I was dipping in and out of streetcake magazine as I was getting things done around the house and saw a visual poem about motherhood called ‘Head space [no vacancies]’ by Naomi Marklew.
I was still thinking about this poem while I carried on with housework and, as I was reflecting on my speed at turning off the milk just before it boiled over and my slowness at getting my toddler to the toilet in time, an idea for a poem arrived and I realised I could lay out the text visually. So I did. And then streetcake magazine published it!
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My poem ‘Mothering in the Far Oeste’ is in issue 70, part 1.