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"Anyone for Love?" is an anthology of over 100 original poems by John Howard Reid, some of them major prize-winners in literary contests, and most of them published here for the first time. Reid writes: All poets look forward to their first anthology and I was glad that my publisher gave me completely free rein as to what poems to include and what to omit. I decided to settle for the poems that I still enjoyed reading and reciting and to leave out everything that I no longer felt one hundred per cent happy with -- even though some of those verses may have attracted a great deal of critical attention or even won prizes. I did make one mistake, however. I tried to re-write "A Modest Love". This poem had won a Commended award, but I thought it needed further revision. I was wrong. It was an excellent little poem as submitted, but I mitigated its appeal by over-writing. At least I didn't change anything else. I am particularly fond of my tribute to Ub Iwerks, the cartoon king. I love that poem. It didn't win any prizes or Commended awards, but I think it's the finest piece of poetry I ever wrote. The words have a magic all their own. They weave a spell. I can recite the poem over and over, relishing every illusion and allusion, every sublimely linear line. Never heard of Ub Iwerks? But you do know of Walt Disney? Iwerks was Disney's right hand man, right from the very start. Iwerks created Mickey Mouse and a host of other cartoon favorites. Here is the first stanza: For all the shadows that the sparrow throws, a step, a sly swift-winged goodbye, no traces beam, whisper unseen in the lighthouse lantern of memory's eye.

Fiction & Literature
March 17
John Howard Reid

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