Who knew rocks left actual human shaped footprints

It’s wordless Wednesday but it you are looking for words to read, visions to marvel at and a deep dive into poetry then look no further than Black Bough Poetry’s latest anthology, currently No.1 on Amazon for poetry collections and our WordPress muse Merril D. Smith is onside it, not literally but her wonderful poem is!

Cheeky selfie by one of the many Martello Towers, build as defensive forts along the coast in the 19th century in fear of Napoleonic Invasion

Inside #DeepTime, Volume 1 from Black Bough Poetry. And if you find it via @Blackboughpoems or its editor extraordinaire @MatthewMCSmith on Twitter then check out the link to the recordings the poets made reading their poems and the beautiful mind-blowing musical score to accompany this book by Stuart Rawlinson

Seals! Waiting for the sun to bathe! Seals. On the shore! Chilling! Go on!!!!

All photos by Damien B. Donnelly



Hello and Good evening from packing central Paris where I think peace has already been placed in a box and therefore panic is certainly present but I am trying to encourage it to pander more towards party!

The countdown is on. I leave my job as a pattern maker at the Paris Atelier of & Other Stories (women’s wear Fashion and lifestyle Brand) on November 29th and leave Paris on the 6th of December and head to a new life in Ireland, the distant Irishman returning to his homeland after 23 years. Fashion is out and whatever is next to come is in the hands of fate.

But this week has been a bright light in terms of feeling empowered and that this mid-way, mid-life change has been the right decision.

You may have heard my screaming on Monday, as it was announced by the genius that is Hedgehog Press that my debut collection of poetry will be out and about in 2020. And then, as if that was not enough to literally make me cry with joy (and there were joyous tears with the mother over the phone last Monday) on Friday morning Black Bough dropped its 3rd issue and there I was, amid a sea of stunning creatures. As I said to someone regarding this issue, I feel like a goldfish in an ocean of magnificent dolphins… just look at the list of talents below including the amazing editor Matthew M.C Smith,  Anne Casey, Elizabeth Horan, Mari Maxwell, Colin Dardis, Ruairi de Barra, Claire Loader, Niall M. Oliver, Eliot North to name but a few…

The link to this issue 3 of Black Bough Poetry, entitled Yoke, where you can download the pdf, is…


Please take a moment to stop by and read this visceral and visual blooming brilliant online magazine. 



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I never thought I would be so overjoyed to see a twitter post than this one above.


Happy Days everyone,

Dami X