Poetry

Poetry Event – Arundel

I’m planning on going to this event next week – both Greg and Pratibha are excellent poets, and I have collections of theirs to review when I get the chance. More details below ARTS JUNCTION, ARUNDEL, on Mon 12th September, 7.30pm features Greg Freeman reading from Marples Must Go and Pratibha Castle reading from A Triptych of Birds and a Few Loose Feathers, plus new poems. And there’s Drip Action Theatre Company, live music and…

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Poetry Prose

Poems Page Updated

I’ve just added a prose piece to my poems page – it first appeared on the Interstellar Literary Review website back in 2021. It’s one of a long sequence of prose poems / flash fiction work that should be published next year. It was my first acceptance from a United States based magazine – another little goal I set myself accomplished! Three Car Incident at Twyford Down And so we wait. Strangers together in stationary…

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From My Poetry Bookshelf – The Dredging of Rituals – Louise Mather

I’m starting up my occasional book & pamphlet review posts again after an absence of over a year. As before, these will all be of books that I have copies of on my poetry bookshelf. They aren’t always going to be straightforward reviews – I may use them as a springboard towards other subjects or commentary on the authors’ work elsewhere. First up this time is Louise Mather’s The Dredging of Rituals, published through Amazon,…

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Poetry Event – Hambledon – September 10

An event which might be of interest to some (it looks good but I won’t be able to make it). Come and join us at Escape to the Farm on Saturday September 10th in the idyllic countryside near Hambledon as The Front Room is part of a nurturing event featuring activity such as yoga , tai chi, meditation as well as great music and poetry. The event is designed to keep families entertained and there…

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Poetry Event – Lewes – 13th August

AGENDA POETRY EVENING with David Harsent, Patricia McCarthy, Timothy Ades, Barry Smith, John O’Donoghue, Elizabeth Barton, Josephine Balmer and South Downs poets, the White Hart hotel, 55 High Street, Lewes, BN7 1XE, Sat 13 August, 6pm. Join us at this historic hotel where Tom Paine and the Headstrong Club met, for an early evening of local and global poetry organised by the famous literary journal, Agenda, and the South Downs Poetry Festival Music by Nigel Horn on…

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Poetry Random Ramblings

Thoughts from Empire’s Home-Port Shore

Tarnishing and Rust On empire’s home-port shore,an old strength resisting.Lucknow to Sierra Leone,yellow fever to mutiny,marble balm for victories’ loss. A row of forgotten obelisks;lists of salt-seasoned names,of letters that shined like surffused in iron and brass,to seal a collective sigh. But stone flakes into shrapnel, the once hard edges of words,soft and reddening. Metal breaks down and dissolvesinto the reckoning earth. First published in Poetry & All That Jazz (2021) Portsmouth is full of monuments to…

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When is it Ready?

The poem which I’m sharing today, and have also shared on my poems page, was previously published on the Ink Sweat & Tears website in April 2021. It’s from a prose poem sequence that if I’d got my act together, could have been published this year. But it wasn’t ready, still isn’t. Comprising around 40 pages, all in a prose format, I’m not happy with it yet. I keep dipping in and out of it…

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Poems Page Update

I thought I’d start sharing some of my regular poetry page updates in a slightly different way. When I add poems, I have just been putting them straight on the poems page. Which is fine when they have been shared here before. Especially those that have appeared more than once! But from now on, I’ll add other poems to posts as well. Maybe with some description / commentary, to go with them. Today’s poem, which…

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