Please Hear What I’m Not Saying
A poetry collaboration for MIND, compiled and edited by Isabelle Kenyon
I’m delighted to now have my contributor’s copy of Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, a collaboration between poets to raise money for the mental health charity MIND. Credit for the idea behind the book goes to Isabelle Kenyon who also put in the hard work to get the work on sale so quickly.
I first became aware of the project when Isabelle put out a call for submissions on Twitter, looking for poems that deal with matters relating to mental health. I had a few poems that met the brief and now I’m happy to say my work sits alongside about a hundred other writers’ poems.
The collaborative aspect is new to me, and one I like. The notion that these other poets have responded to the call for submissions and now we sit alongside each other – all hoping that people will get behind the project, buy the book and raise money for a vital cause – is a pleasing one. Now I get to enjoy a whole range of writers and styles, some of whom I’m familiar with and others who are new to me.
As poets and writers it is easy to become blinkered, and I admit to spending a good amount of time thinking about my poetry, my book and how to promote me! Well, here’s a break from the self-promotion and a plea that you get behind this cause and discover some wonderful writing in the process; this is poetry for a positive purpose –
Congratulations to Isabelle for the enormously efficient way this book has come together and for a great idea. @kenyon_isabelle