Back in the mid-1990s, my friend Sally Evans and I were discussing her newly launched broadsheet magazine Poetry Scotland. We agreed it would be a good idea to associate a web presence with it, so the PS: Poetry Scotland website was developed. It was always an interactive site, and one of the interactions was The Open Mouse, a page to publish poems by magazine readers and the wider international community of writers.
It has gone on successfully since then, and has published thousands of poems by hundreds of poets. However, we’ve decided that The Open Mouse should now stand on its own, with the PS site providing links to the magazine and to Poetry Scotland activities, such as the annual Callander Poetry Weekend in September.
The Mouse is updated twice weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays), with new poems submitted by readers. The Guidelines page tells you how and what to submit, and the whys and wherefores of my editorial idiosyncrasies, for this is a highly individual selection. I’m an experienced poet, editor, tutor, reviewer and publisher. You can find me on Facebook and/or Twitter (@colindwill).