David Pike, (DP), founder and editor of Pulsar Poetry Magazine, ISSN 1361-2336. Pulsar commenced in 1995 and is now published every March and September. I publish poems from all areas of the world. Editorial preference: hard hitting poems; no poems about cute cuddly kittens. Not keen on deeply religious poems. For information / poem submission guidelines visit the pulsar web. Note: after September 2009 Pulsar reverted to being a webzine only. DP also arranges and co-ordinates Pulsar ‘Live-microphone’ poetry evenings, in and around the Swindon, Wiltshire area. The evenings are free of charge and are open to all. Pulsar poetry evenings are reviewed for Pulsar Poetry Magazine with reviews and photographs of poets also appearing on the Pulsar web. For more information about Pulsar visit the Pulsar web: www.pulsarpoetry.com DP also has many radio contacts and has arranged for poets to appear on BBC radio. DP’s poetical influences include: Larkin, Lorca, Causley, Bukowski, (not necessarily in that order). I’m also a fan of many of the poets who send their work for publication. Dislikes: pseudo intellectual claptrap poems, (poets who strive to sound highbrow with archaic words and expressions – submit drivel poems that in reality have no message or meaning). A new book of poems by David Pike entitled ‘In the Mix’ (poems 1990 – 2006), ISBN 978-09-520431-8-8, will be a available from May 2007, UK price £4.99 (direct from Ligden Publishers), or £5.99 from high street book shops or via Amazon. EU ¤9.00, USA $12.00. In the Mix is an A5 size perfect bound book, with a full colour cover and 60 pages. Other contributors to In the Mix are: foreword by American poet Rose Solari; sleeve review notes by: Mark Seaman (BBC), Gill Harris, (Swindon Advertiser), Geoff Ward, (Book Editor, Western Daily Press/Bristol Evening Post), Bob Mee, (Editor, Iota), and Andy Robson, (Editor, Krax Magazine). Other books by DP: Sentinel of the Row, novel; On the Ridge, poems; A Cold Night for Norman, short stories. CDs by DP include: Tow Path, (2002), Evolution (2003), Spirits (2004) and Not Blues (2004). See www.pulsarpoetry.com for details. Also view PulsarPoet on YouTube.
Holiday Armageddon As the sun burned the land the last bottle of factor 25 dribbled into sand and all was still, bars were deserted, banana boats were moored or peeled and vacant sun-loungers lounged alone, pedaloes were laid low and the gratuitous wandering accordion players wandered no more. There were no boisterous tour reps boisterously rep-ing, no hire cars, quad bikes scooters or bizarre bicycle configurations restaurants were dormant, trinket traders, ice cream purveyors and hotel invaders were conspicuously non-conspicuous. There were no irrigation hoses irrigating yuccas and lemon tree fauna, no binge-drinking bozos pissed on the lawn and the air-lines were not fine for this was Euro Armageddon post every referendum and the currency had gone David Pike
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