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Writing Poetry

Writing poetry is like being in a balloon, floating high above the visible earth, caught by currents that direct you this way or that, although you may pretend that direction is under your control. It is not: move this way or that—deflation is a force that must be...

Not a Laure laughs

So, outgoing Poet Laureate Andrew Motion says that the job of writing verse for the Royal Family is “thankless” and gave him a case of writer’s block. I’m not surprised. Where is the inspiration of an outmoded monarchic system that only serves...

Reading Poetry

Read a poem not as you would prose, or even in a prosaic state of mind. Instead, you need to cast your mind to one side, to read each sequence of words as if they were an object. Before you is no mere description; every word is a stone, a solid lump of the edifice...

Poetry Super Highway

Today I want to share a link to the Poetry Super Highway, being managed by Rick Lupert, who has the enthusiasm and energy I desire (but never seem to reach), and a dedication to poetry which deserves recognition. I took part in an exchange of poetry books organised by...

I am angry

Poetry needs help. Poets are out there, in their thousands, but we are not proactive enough. Politicians prance, pose and trillions(!) of dollars worth of resources are drained into a banking and credit system that sucks it all up.This is a new phenomenon. We have...