Exactly the kind of work that needs to be done is being done by Tom Chivers. Neither declarative nor factional, his work with Penned in the Margins has always struck me as thoroughly well considered and admirable. This anthology is an embodiment of that, a publication that genuinely adds to the litany of anthologies and offers the reader a remarkable width, depth and range of work. I was happy to have a poem included, and to read at the launch.
The poem i read was about Giorgio Petrosyan, probably my favourite kickboxer ever, if i had to choose one.