Okay, so it was a lot…

Okay, so it was a lot harder to get net access while I was away than I expected. Apologies.

I'm back, tired and with piles of work, so you'll excuse me if I run away quickly to do it. In the meantime, you might want to check out a nice review of my book and some others at Paramour's webpage. They put out a nice magazine...

And a collaborative villanelle from this weekend, in the old style:

A Slight Persuasion
Are there words that I could say
To bring you to my arms this night?
I know it's true you cannot stay,

And yet if you should walk away,
The pleasure lost would not be slight...
Are there words that I could say,

To calm your soul, your doubts allay,
So reservations may take flight?
I know it's true you cannot stay

But what we could do... If I may?
Unveil this body to your sight...
Are there words that I could say?

We'd fly full-force into the fray
To drown among the sheets so white --
I know it's true you cannot stay.

Yet dearest, I would have you lay
Beside me... If I shape them right,
Are there words that I could say?
I know it's true; you cannot stay.

*****
Roshani T. Anandappa & M.A. Mohanraj
September 25, 1997

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