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Chichester Poetry

A quick mention that in a week of two further poetry submission rejections, (all par for the course if you read my post last week), I have another poem appearing on the Chichester Poetry open mic page this month. It’s a poem that I recorded for an online festival last year, which I have since reworked – and may carry on doing so in the future – is a poem ever finished? I think Paul…

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From My Poetry Bookshelf – New Poets of Native Nations

When we were in New York in the summer of 2019, on a rather special family trip to Canada and the USA, I made a diversion one afternoon to visit Berl’s Bookshop in Brooklyn. There aren’t many bookshops like it. It only sells poetry. Imagine – a bookshop that only sells poetry! Where poetry isn’t relegated to a dark corner on the third floor next to the lift or loos. Where the window display doesn’t…

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On Rejection

I received my first poetry rejection of the year last week. I’ve had enough over the years to not be bothered by them. They come with the territory, no matter how good a writer you are.  “I love my rejection slips,” wrote Sylvia Plath. “They show me I try.”  A rejection means very little in terms of meaningful judgment on the quality of the rejected poem, or poet for that matter. Rejected poems can do…

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From My Poetry Bookshelf – David Jones – In Parenthesis

When people think of poetry from the First World War, they tend to think of Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg. Few think of David Jones. Yet when In Parenthesis was published in 1937, WH Auden described it as “The greatest book about the First World War” and TS Eliot called it “A Masterpiece”. In Parenthesis is in 7 parts and 187 pages long, with 30 additional pages of notes and references. It’s hard to categorise – poetry?…

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The Poetry Place – West Wilts Radio

A quick plug for The Poetry Place – a radio programme on West Wilts Radio, as I am appearing on radio for the second time ever (I was on Portsmouth’s Express FM around ten years ago, being interviewed about the city’s burgeoning poetry scene – I assume the recording of this programme is no longer in existence!). This time I am reading my poem Ashes – which has appeared previously in this blog (I’ll share…

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Abergavenny Small Press

A quick mention that I have a couple of new poems appearing in the second online edition of ASP magazine. You can read them here – but do also look at the other poetry and flash fiction appearing in this new magazine. All magazines, whether print or, as in the case of this one, online, take a lot of time to put together and deserve all the support they can get. https://www.asppublishing.co.uk/richard-williams

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From My Poetry Bookshelf – The Nightfishing by WS Graham

The second in my (weekly?) series of posts about poets whose work I go back to regularly, and whose writing has influenced my own work, is about WS Graham, particularly in relation to his poem The Nightfishing. Born in Greenock in 1918, Graham moved to Cornwall in 1944, where he lived until his death in 1986. Whilst more well-known poets such as TS Eliot and Hugh Macdiarmid supported his work, Graham wasn’t particularly successful during…

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From My Poetry Bookshelf – Mark Doty

This is the first in a new series of posts where I will be recommending poets and poetry books from my own bookshelf. They may be full reviews of specific titles, or more general pieces about why I like and return to specific writers / books or particular poems. Part of my strategy for developing this blog this year is to be more outward looking – this may be in terms of poetry books, magazines,…

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Three Films

During the first lockdown, I made some very basic poetry films. These were in response to a couple of requests for material for online events. The three poems are; The Transmutation of Geese, Metamorphosis in a Copnor Garden & The Domestication of Ghosts The first and third poems have previously been published, in South and Orbis magazines respectively, and subsequently appear in my first collection, Landings (published by Dempsey & Windle Publishing in 2018). The…

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