Published: Hodges & Figgis Anthology

I'm featured in this special anniversary edition of the Hodges and Figgis anthology with over 200 other writers. I have a poem in there somewhere about Emrys, less than a minute after he was born, called Apgar Score. I'm very grateful to Alan Hayes from Arlen Press who was kind enough to ask me to contribute to the collection. This is the first time I have been asked to do so for any collection so it means a...

Blue Nib Chapbook Competition

I was very happy to see that 8 of my poems were a runner-up in the Blue Nib Chapbook Competition. The 8 poems are all about my son, Emrys, most of which had their foundation in the small hours of the morning as he settled down after a feed. I left them alone for a couple of years and came back to them to scrape off any sentimentality and eye gunk from them. I also learned that the technical word for eye gunk is gound so I must try to make a poem from that! You can read all the poems here.

Published in Penny Dreadful

I am delighted that two of my poems from Jewtown were published in the Penny Dreadful Winter/Spring 2017 issue. The poems were When Father Died and The Shochet. Thanks to the editors for considering these poem and I'm delighted to be in such good company. Here is the full list of poetry in Issue 7: Matthew Sweeney Petite Poemes en Prose after Baudelaire / Dylan Brennan Natrix Natrix, Ghost Brides/ Estevo Creus (trans: Keith Payne) Excerpts from The Book of the Dogs / Gerard Smyth Village Butcher /  Simon Lewis When Father Died, The Shochet / Jessica Traynor In Praise of Fixer Women, Trash Witch, Hide and Seek / Rosamund Taylor When I was Twelve / David Toms The Clutch, Wadding / Bernadette McCarthy Mustard Plaster, Dole / David J Costello Sowerby...

Stinging Fly

I am delighted to have my poem "I was your Golem" published in the Stinging Fly. I won't lie; this is a journal that I've been obsessed over getting into since I first read it a number of years ago. The poem is based on the Jewish Folk Tale of the Prague Golem and I wrote the first draft of it a few years ago after visiting Prague. It tells the story of a woman in a bad relationship where she plays the part of the Golem. I'm very grateful to Mia Gallagher for all her help in getting it to the page in the form it is now and really pleased with how it looks. I'm also delighted to be in the same company as other poets that I admire and am enjoying reading their...

Article in Irish Examiner

I was delighted to see a huge article in the Irish Examiner about my upcoming collection, Jewtown. The article is mostly about the area of Cork which was known as Jewtown but also concentrates a little bit about my own background and heritage. The full text can be read on the Irish Examiner web site, which I'm also pasting below. Memories of Jewtown in Cork recalled in poetry collection Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Simon Lewis’s collection of poetry was inspired by his family’s heritage in the Albert Road area of Cork, says Marjorie Brennan IT’S an unofficial place-name with nostalgic rather than negative overtones, but people from outside Cork can still be startled to hear Leesiders of a certain vintage use the term ‘Jewtown’. For locals, it denotes the quarter of the city comprising Albert Road and its environs,...

Published in Southword

I was delighted to see my poem, Mary Daly, which also features in my collection Jewtown, was published in the latest issue of Southword, one of Ireland's most prominent literary journals. I'm delighted to be in the company of some very fine poets including the winner of the Gregory O'Donoghue prize this year. Here it is pasted below or you can read it on Southword by following this link. marydaly

America is not the World

America is not the World is a journal from Pankhearst in which I have a poem. The blurb reads: From Pakistan to Israel, Macau to India, Australia to Vietnam, Texas to Peru, we are not the borders that divide us. Rachel Nix is the editor and it contains poems and short fiction. It looks lovely and it is available to buy on Amazon. As an aside, I didn't realise the title of the journal was also a Morrissey song.  

America is not the World

I am delighted to have a poem published in Pankhearst in their journal titled "America is not the World." I was also very pleased to note that it was one of my upcoming poems in Jewtown that was chosen. Thanks to the editor Rachel Nix who selected my poem and I'm looking forward to getting a copy of it soon. The photograph is of Rachel Nix holding the journal.

Published: Bare Hands Issue 20

I'm delighted to have been published in Bare Hands Issue 20 with my poem from Jewtown, Meeting Isaac Marcus. Better yet, Kerrie O'Brien, the editor, has out my poem forward for the Forward Prize for a single poem! Meeting Isaac Marcus is one of the first poems I ever wrote for Jewtown and it hasn't changed much in terms of editing in the four years. You can read the poem and some other great pieces of writing and art here.

Published in Stony Thursday

I was delighted to see my poem, Kilroy, featuring in this beautiful journal.   Kilroy You have battled many faceplants before crawling, another victory; now you march on and reach a hand to the edge of the coffee table, steady before the quivered jolt of hand number two, press your fingers down and rest your chin on the smooth walnut surface. I see you, I say to the snub nose and two-tooth grin and in the excitement you lose your grip, tumble to floorboard world, left to clench at curtains, tug the wires, or sit to stare at the mirror. You’ll be back, like a conscript for another battle, but now in the trench you can say, once I made it. I was here.