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Three poems in Littoral Magazine.

I’m delighted to tell you that three of my poems have been published online today in Issue 7 of Littoral Magazine.

The poems are Life Without, Perspectives and Shaman. My thanks to Mervyn Linford for taking these poems.

The magazine can be found at

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/65871859/issue-7-littoral-magazine-autumn-equinox-issue

Poem in Sciencefictionery Magazine

I’m delighted to tell you that the first ever issue of Sciencefictionery Magazine is published today, and my poem ‘Falling’ is part of this great issue. My poem tells a story about troubles on a voyage to Mars.

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Night Driving –poem up at Two Rivers Press

My poem Night Driving is now up at Two Rivers Press online gallery RiversSide, where they feature works about Reading or by creators who live in Reading.

The press was founded in 1994 and publishes a variety of books including some excellent poetry books.

I understand that other ‘Readings’ may exist in former British colonies, but Two Rivers Press is based in Reading, Berkshire, England, the one and only original…… ;)

Graveyard Shift

In old Malay, draped in forest
lies heat swamped George Town
along tree lined avenues
abandoned colonial mansions
forsaken, cracked, diminished
irrelevant to today
they rot in new technological haze
yet from shattered empty windows
evening jazz drifts across warm night air
inside, lights flicker
shadows dance over damp walls
slim couples flirt and smoke
your exploratory visit
brings silence
reveals vacant rooms
missing floors instead of lively dancers
they were the old tenants
hantu partying on the graveyard shift

Old hotel, four square and white
now with modern pool and spa
and the original private beach
golden, secluded, sunlit
it’s a long walk
but a short drive
a bus plies the mountain road
past green country and
decaying tombs behind
collapsing walls
the last ride of the day
is often full
today extra guests board
quiet individuals
some tall and lanky
a woman in a green qipao
halfway back, the bus empties
although the feverish driver
can’t remember stopping
his new passengers have
truly started their graveyard shift

Copyright © 2021 Kim Whysall-Hammond

‘Graveyard shift’ was first published at The Insignia Series: https://insigniastories.com/2019/11/21/instincts-2-graveyard-shift-by-kim-whysall-hammond/

In loving memory of Nesa who told me the stories in this poem. We miss you Nesa.

Broken Doll

I broke the doll almost on purpose
Trying to fit her into the toy tank

Determined to play my way
My own game not theirs

Broken dolls littered the playroom
Symbols of a girl who wasn’t

Broken dolls litter the promenade
Broken bodies strew the road

He broke them all on purpose
Because they do not play his game

Copyright © 2017 Kim Whysall-Hammond

First published by Califragile:

https://califragile.org/2017/09/23/broken-doll-by-kim-whysall-hammond/

Present Future

The machine just doesn’t stop
but clambers across and smothers real life

capturing privacies, swapping
small unregarded freedoms

for dopamine flash rewards
and a watered down electronic

recognition of sorts.
The screen’s constant siren call

replacing small intimacies
for others not yet evaluated.

Interconnected yet further apart,
we stumble on into the present future.

Copyright © 2018 Kim Whysall-Hammond

First published at https://www.thesunlightpress.com/…/20…/10/30/present-future/

Dawn Creeps Across The Land

Dawn creeps across the land
Shining her pale light into nests
Causing baby birds to call for food
Dormice to rub their eyes and blink
Ants to speed up their hurrying and scurrying
She reaches up to wash the sky with pale blue
And a hint of rose at the east
And , as a special treat today, the west
Smiling to herself as the world awakes
She feels a certain self satisfaction as the Sun
With a near audible plop
Detaches itself from the horizon
Then like any other woman
Readies herself for a busy day

Copyright © 2017 Kim Whysall-Hammond

First published by Inbetween Hangovers:

https://inbetweenhangovers.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/dawn-creeps-across-the-land-by-kim-whysall-hammond/

The Anthropocene Hymnal

I am delighted to announce that The Anthropocene Hymnal will be published on 24 July 2021, and the Kindle e-book is now available for pre-order from Amazon.

The aim of the book is to raise awareness of the joint crises of climate change and biodiversity loss that we are facing as a human race, and as part of the vast family of life on this planet.

I have poems in this anthology, but one really important thing is that all proceeds from sales of this book (and all authour royalties) are going to the World Wildlife Fund.

The paperback will be available through Amazon initially (with the possibility of expanded distribution at a later date). The Kindle e-book will be available from Amazon, but the editor and publisher, Ingrid Wilson, will also be selling her own version of the e-book on her site Experiments in Fiction. Payment for downloads purchased in this way will be via donation to WWF.

Many many thanks to Ingrid who has put a lot of time and effort into this project.