Issue 9: Pink

For a long time, pink was associated with femininity but since the turn of this century, pink no longer sways completely to the female direction. Pinks with hues of blue can be seen in shirts and shocking pink makes a splash of colour in a tie. However, in the world of children’s toys, pink is cemented in all things girly. Hopefully they grow out of it!

This month we received the usual mass of entries and we were delighted to see poems about a variety of pink things like flowers, fruits, the human tongue and even private parts of the human body. As always, it’s a difficult decision to pick just one piece of prose and one poem.

This month’s featured poem is by Lorraine Carey with Becoming Pink. It’s a beautiful poem about a newborn baby in its first minutes. You can read it here.

This month’s featured prose piece is by Gloria Ames with her short story, The Pink Moon of Valdor. We loved the way the writer took the theme of pink and ran with it! Beautiful descriptions created a wonderful sense of setting. You can read it here.

We’re also very grateful to Irish artist, Niki Purcell, who has offered some of her artwork for inspiration to writers, below. Niki’s art can be found at her website: You can also see the work in flesh at the following galleries:

  • The Duke Street Gallery, Duke st., Dublin
  • The Gaslamp Gallery, Gorey, Co.Wexford
  • The Black Canvas Gallery, Holywood, N.I
  • The Canvas Gallery, Belfast, N.I

About the author

Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis' first collection of poetry, Jewtown, was published by Doire Press in 2016.

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