January Snakeskin will be the usual mixture. Any subject, any style. Just send us poems that we'll enjoy.

But in February we'll try out a rather different theme -
Portraits.

In other words, we'd like poems describing a person (or pair of people, or I suppose a group portrait could work nicely, too.) The descriptions could be factual-physical, or metaphorical, or spiritual, or whatever you think works best.

I think we'll restrict it to humans, rather than having pet portraits. (Though a pet, obviously, could be a crucial part of a human portrait.)

Some poets may have photos or drawings of the subject to go with the poems. If so, let us know, but don't send the picture in the first instance. We'll ask for them if we reckon your poem suits our purposes.

Send your poems to editor@snakeskin.org.uk.

George

P.S. The slim pamphlet Animals Like Reading is now on sale, and would make an excellent stocking-filler for the intelligent child in your life.

Two blog posts may be of interest to potential contributors to Snakeskin .
The first, on "How Snakeskin Works", explains the simple procedure by which contributions are selected for a month's issue.

The second, called "Don't" offers some tips to novice poets, detailing a few of the things that might make an editor take against your work.



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