The last couple of weeks I’ve spent a lot of time working on stuff for the WordAid anthology. I felt very virtuous when I’d sent out the hundreds of individual emails to all the poets who submitted, but had forgotten from last year that sending them is only the beginning - my inbox has now been flooded with acknowledgements and biographies. It is so lovely though, to get emails saying ‘thank you, you’ve brightened a rainy Sunday for me’, and that even well-known, published poets are replying with a ‘thank you for including my poem’.
We now have all the poems in a folder, in a very rough order, and the task over the next couple of weeks between my fellow WordAiders and myself is to finalise the order of the book. This stage of the process is really hard work, but so exciting. As I read through I am amazed at the generosity of writers, and the quality of the poems we’ve included. I can’t wait to see it published.