The list of poems selected for the anthology following on from this competition, run by The Write Idea, has now been announced, and rather unexpectedly my piece “This is How We Deal with Illegal Aliens in Alaska” is among them. I’m rather pleased about this, because there are several proper poets (the kind who have had books published) also on the list. It is, however, a somewhat frivolous piece – as you might guess from the title – describing an encounter between Sarah Palin and a UFO. Believe it or not, the idea came to me when I was trying to find a rhyme for “Nebraska” (because, after all, that’s where most UFOs tend to land, isn’t it?) and I came up with “Alaska”. Which made me go “Hmmmm”.