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Just saw a great new review of the One Word Anthology book published by Alfie Dog Books.
This is a compilation of stories and poems by the members of the Writing Magazine’s online forum. ( Talkback writers)
I was especially pleased with the mention of my poem,’Lost in the Fog.’

It’s a short poem but means to much to me as my mum now has dementia.

Lost in the fog

It started as a mist:
a forgotten name,
birthday cards written-
not sent,
the telling of a recent event,
again and again.
Like a fungus it grew-
became a suffocating fog.
Now she doesn’t know my face
and I can’t reach her anymore,
she’s lost
in some other place.


‘One Word Anthology’ is the latest book I’ve selected to review for Alfie Dog Fiction, and it’s just as it says on the tin: stories and poems inspired by a one word theme. The collection has 38 stories (which I might class as flash fiction, owing to their brevity) and poems in all, expressing ideas connected to time, colour, movement, emotion, substance and nature, to name but a few.

The subject matter is diverse, and within this stockpile of jewels are to be found some glistening gems. Despite each only taking a couple of minutes to read — others much less — there is a wealth of
experience, knowledge and maturity in the narrative.

My particular favourites are the cleverly contrived twist of fate
that is ‘The Devil’s Quota’; the agonising torment of guilt revealed in ‘Freeze Frame’; the daunting and random nature of the universe in ‘Bounce’; a chilling insight into a paedophile’s incestuous psyche in ‘Desire’; the poignant and uplifting nature of ‘Poised’, as well as the laugh out loud humour of ‘Good Morning, Daddy!’, ‘Chaos’ by Richard Travers, and not forgetting ‘Ye Olde Upper Class Shoppe’ if we’re talking fun. I could go on as there are so many that stood out for me. However, the shining beacon, as far as I’m concerned, is ‘Lost in the fog’ by Shirley Elmokadem. It is a simple, yet effective, poem about the onset of dementia and is possibly the shortest offering in the book, but it resonated with me on a personal level and that’s what writing and reading is all about.

Would I recommend this anthology? Without hesitation! It is a testament to the calibre of the contributing authors that I enjoyed reading each and every one, even though I highlighted a few as outstanding. It has everything within its pages from fear, anger, and malevolence to wonder, humour, and frustration. As a parting shot, I might add that the book cover is stunning, as designed by Marion Clarke, a contributing author.