May Snakeskin will be a theme issue - on the subject of


We've decided there aren't enough poems about hard graft - about the jobs we do, whether in factories or offices, or schools or restaurants, or libraries or herring trawlers.
Poems about any kind of work will be welcome, 
but I don't think we'll be very interested in the kind of poem that gets all self-pitying about the back-breaking labour of writing a poem.

Send your verse to

Any poems received in April that are not work-related will be put into the folder for consideration for june.


P.S. The slim pamphlet Animals Like Reading is still on sale, and would make an excellent present 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.