PEREUNT ET IMPUTANTUR
Our motto is from Martial,
and is one that used to be popular on sundials. They (the
hours) are consumed, and will be charged to our account.
What else is there to say
about Time, except that it's where we live, and that nobody
can stop it or turn it back?
We were immensely impressed
(and indeed overcome) by the number of poems emailed to us
for this special issue. Time was clearly a subject that
touched people. Choosing the final selection made us think
about what we looked for in a Snakeskin poem. An original
approach to subject and/or language and/or form, mostly. And
it made us think about what we didn't want, too.
Time is a dangerous
subject. Very abstract, and abstract poems tend not to be
very good. We were delighted that a large number of you
eschewed the abstract, the pretentious, the sententious, and
the sentimental. There were plenty that fitted the categories
of the charming, the sparkling and the deeply felt.
But competition was
intense. If your poem wasn't selected, please don't be
discouraged. Keep sending them - especially for the Short Poems
special issue in