Sunday, May 09, 2010

Goodbye Sorlil, Hello Marion!

Yes, I've finally decided to come out of the closet.
In some ways I'll be sad to see the back of sorlil. I coined the name when I created my first blog which recorded my first full pregnancy and the first couple of scary years of parenthood. We had agreed on the name Sorley for a boy and Lily for a girl hence sorlil!

I met up with Colin the other day to talk over the pamphlet, he thinks possibly early next year for its publication. It was a funny feeling handing over my poems, almost like a purging of my poetic self. I certainly feel 'lighter' for it somehow.

Issue 4 of Horizon Review is running a bit late but hopefully it'll be online sometime this week and with my St Andrew's poem, Cathedral Ruins at Night, in it!

The poetry magazine Anon has recently introduced a new online admissions system where you can create an account and log-in at any time to monitor the status of your poems. I think this is a fantastic idea! Like most people I'm pretty fed up with the merry-go-round of submitting, waiting, waiting, wondering whether to email and chase them up, wondering if they bother to reply if they don't want your work etc etc. Where as here I can have an obsessive day and check the 'status' of my poems ten million times or forget about it for a few day knowing I can check up on them anytime!

*** edit***
Horizon 4 is now online and here's my poem! A really enjoyable issue with poems, art, fiction, reviews, essays and an interesting collaborative poem by two Calder Wood Press poets!
Also, Anon has accepted one of my poems for publication in their next issue!!
I apologise for the excess use of exclamation marks in this post!

25 comments:

deemikay said...

Goodbye and hello :D

Marion said...

I feel a Beatles song coming on...:)

Dianne said...

Thanks for visiting my site, good luck with the printing of your work. I think it is invevitable.... if you write the rest of your life. I never thought I'd be writing at all. It is wonderful. let us know about Horizon Review when it's ready, from California,
Dianne

Rachel Fox said...

You'll always be part Sorlil to us!
x

Dave King said...

Congrats on the pamphlet and poems - not sure whether to congratulate you on the purging and the outing or not! You had me puzzled for a moment though. Great to have you under either name. Thrice double welcome!

Marion said...

thanks guys, I'm confusing myself dave :)

Frances said...

A pamphlet hey that's fantastic. Well done. I'm beyond jealous.

Titus said...

Oh, this does feel strange! How used one gets to blognames. I like Marion very much though, and the alliterative surname is good too.
Really looking forward to the pamphlet, and congratulations on the poem. Must look out for it.
I always wondered where sorlil came from, but thought it was some sort of etiquette not to ask, so thanks for the explanation. It did suit you.
Meanwhile, I stuck myself with a dog's name! Ah, the innocence of a year ago.

Marion said...

thanks frances, I'm very excited about the pamphlet!! :)

titus, I'm missing sorlil already, lol!

Michelle said...

Congratulations on handing over your poems, Marion! They're in good hands. ;)

Marion said...

thanks michelle and yes they are :)

Sherry O'Keefe said...

i'm new here. just read your poem at horizon review and wanted to let you know how charmed i feel now.

thank you for that! i'm off to read more of your work.

sherry o'keefe

Marion said...

hi sherry, welcome! I'm delighted to have charmed you :)

Titus said...

Just been to Horizon.
Wow. Loved the repetitions.
And a photograph too!

Marion said...

thanks titus! yes that lovely post-pregnancy double-chin!!

Greg said...

Wonderfully atmospheric poem, moving like the ebb and flow of the tide between water and land.

Dominic said...

Exclamation marks, Marion. Rachel was saying only the other week, why does social networking encourage a preponderance of the things? Perhaps we often find ourselves typing as we'd talk, and perhaps we use more of them (well, imaginary ones) when we talk than when we write.

Dominic Rivron said...

(That Dominic was me by the way! I signed in wrong...)

Marion said...

hi greg, thankyou! I'm pleased you like it.

hi dominic, yes I guess it makes up for the lack of tone/emphasis that is sometimes hard to communicate on-screen.

James Owens said...

Hello, Marion! I love the Horizon poem, such a dream-like quality to those repeated, and near-repeated, lines.

Congratulations on everything! The exclamation marks are completely understandable!!!

Marion said...

thankyou james!! :)

Roxana said...

i already told you how much i loved your new (old) name :-) and profile pic - now i have to repeat myself for those exclamation marks, but especially the poem and - especially! (i am not making sense tonight, am i? :-) - those gripping two lines in the ending:
Chilled to the bone, eyes closed, I see
black spires rise out from the sea.

i can't get them out of my mind!
(exclamation mark!!! :-)

Marion said...

thanks roxana!! :)

Totalfeckineejit said...

Lovely poem, specially...
'Somewhere on the North Sea edge
you sleep beneath these western minarets.
The sea bed is a catalyst of dreams '

Well done on the pome and the forthcoming pamphlo.

Marion said...

thankyou :) one of these days I may be brave enough to join your poetry bus but for now I admire from afar!