“New Year’s Day now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” (Mark Twain)

The above quotation, attributed to Mark Twain, sums up the ritual of making New Year resolutions pretty succinctly – for me at least. After the overindulgence of each festive season, I vow to forswear the evil that is alcohol and the inordinate amount of extra weight it has applied to my chin and stomach. I vow to eat only healthy food, minimise my calorie intake to that of the average rabbit and cultivate cheekbones, sculpted jawline and a flat stomach. (I don’t vow to exercise more, as even I’m not that deluded!) I will finish and edit my novel, currently languishing in a drawer, that series of poems, currently languishing in my head, the to-read pile growing precariously higher, and the redecoration of a bedroom, for which I bought the paint back in August.  

Yep. Good plan.

I’ve already had some wine – the remainder of a bottle leftover after making a large rabbit casserole, which was the only rabbity thing about my diet as well. As for the rest – thus far nothing has happened to persuade me that the first paving slabs on the road to hell aren’t, as I write, being craned into place. I do know of someone (not me!) who, having dumped all their unopened Christmas chocolates into the bin on New Year’s Eve, surreptitiously retrieved them on the night of January 1st and had a post-resolution binge. Waste not want not?

Still, one thing remains reassuringly constant and that’s 4Word. Our 2018 poets and their outstanding work go from strength to strength and we have yet more exciting and exceptional pamphlets planned for 2019.  So thank you to all our poets and to those who have supported this still very new-kid-on-the-block 4Word poetry adventure. We wish you all a Happy, Peaceful and Poetic New Year and, as my wee granny used to say, Lang May Yer Lum Reek.  

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