In previous communiques we stated that the project would continue for as long as there were poems we wanted to publish. We begin that process today with a fantastic new posting. For Phase 2, we won’t necessarily stick to the ‘poem a day’ schedule – that will be dependent on our contributors. We will, though, continue to commission poems from writers as before, and would like to open up a further Open Submission Period – so if you are minded to write a poem for the project and haven’t yet been approached to do so, please send it to azjackson65atgmaildotcom and we will publish another ten of the best.
We can also confirm that we are working on two further fronts: the prospect of an anthology distilled from the project is now more concrete, and we’ll give more information soon; plus we are pursuing the idea of the live event, so if you would be interested in setting up a local event involving poets from the project and other interested parties under the New Boots and Pantisocracies banner, please contact us to discuss how we might support you. (We are, for instance, working on an actual banner!)
And finally, as the vernacular of the newsroom has it, we would like to extend a huge thank you to the 100 poets who made Phase 1 of the project so exciting and rewarding, and to those who will follow in Phase 2. We also thank those open submitters who weren’t selected – we really enjoyed reading your work and would encourage you to submit again. We also thank the Likers and the Sharers (some people – and you know who you are – took the trouble to Share our posts every single day), those who Followed us on WordPress and on Facebook and Twitter, and anyone else who gave us their time and their creative spirit. Remember: Liking or Favouriting only makes George Osborne frown, for actual tears either Thatcher must die again, or you could Share or Retweet instead.
We believe Phase 1 of New Boots helped to prove poetry has a vital role in reflecting and dissecting ‘the way things are’, so in Phase Two we will broaden our focus again to include a more global perspective. We hope that we’re collectively contributing towards a more nuanced notion of what the political poem is or can be. We’ll continue New Boots and Pantisocracies as long as in our humble and possibly deluded opinion, it stays relevant and engaging. You have come this far – we hope you’ll stick with us a little longer.
W. N. Herbert