Many thanks to Jessy for putting this issue together so skilfully; her editorial efficiency always puts my efforts to shame.

The next Snakeskin will appear on 1st March, and will be a double number. I'd like it to be a really eclectic mix of poems, so please do send your work to the usual address (

We'll take a break in April - but after that - who knows?


Two fairly recent blog posts may be of interest to potential contributors.
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" gives a few tips to novice poets, detailing a few of the things that might make an editor take against your work.

Alison Brackenbury's Singing in the Dark is published by Carcanet - and is terrific. Singing in the dark

L. Fullington has published several books with Lulu, including How Different the Distance.
George Simmers's latest collection (available from is Light.

Also available:
An Essay on Rhyme and other Verses.

Jessy Randall has published  a full-length book, A Day in Boyland, with Ghost Road Press. More information here.

Helena Nelson has edited Unsuitable Companions, an anthology by many hands, matching the mood of her own Unsuitable Poems. Her Starlight on Water is published by Rialto.

Check out Helena's  publishing imprint:



Ken Head's Listening for Light is available from Poetry Monthly Press


Rubbing the Lamp is Martin Parker's latest colection of (mostly) light verse. Sample and buy via

Gregory Leadbetter's The Body in the Well is published by Happenstance Press.

Rose kelleher Rose Kelleher's new collection has an introduction by Richard Wilbur.

Maggie Butt's Lipstick is published by Greenwich Exchange.

Bruce Bentzman, our soliloquising suburbanite, has published a story collection through Xlibris. Find it and order it on