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The Land of the Free

This is a poetry blog. But poetry doesn’t exist in a vacuum. I’ve written political posts about what’s happening in the UK, and will continue to do so as our ‘great leader’ tries to hold on and extend his power for another 10-15 years by whatever method he can. It worries me that he might get away with it. And it makes me pretty angry. But I’m absolutely sickened by what is happening in the…

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Poems From February & March 2022

I’ve just loaded three poems and one prose piece that appeared here in February & March 2022 onto my poems page. It’s a very, very busy time of the year for me, work wise – in my day job I work in recruitment, and am currently recruiting for roles in the UK, Netherlands, Germany & the USA. This is actually a reduction in number of countries & time zones (I have also recently filled jobs…

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Dempsey & Windle Anthology

A quick plug for the latest Dempsey & Windle Anthology – Fireflies & Flames, Poems From The Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize 2022. I should have posted this earlier, but forgot. Life gets in the way sometimes! I have a prose poem appearing in it, so if this inspires you to take a look and see who else is in there, the link is here; https://www.dempseyandwindle.com/anthologies.html

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At a Loose End in Chichester Tonight?

A quick plug for a poetry event in Chichester tonight It’s at the Victoria Institute – starts at 7.30 PM – more details below https://www.thevictoriainstitute.com/event/arts-junction/?fbclid=IwAR2jtMwj8EeJd6B_IzYF-qP–zDmRVgAu6KJppj0h5VdSExKfukZRw—0w I can’t make it – I have tickets to a gig in Southampton. Any local Bob Mould / Sugar / Husker Du fans, I may see you there (!)

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Poems Page Update

A couple of poems added to the poems page – not sharing them again here as a post as they have appeared relatively recently – one’s a joke ‘haiku’ the other a prose piece that appeared in the 2021 Dempsey & Windle competition anthology. There are now 36 poems on this page. That’s half a collection’s worth! Feel free to copy / share any you like, but please give me appropriate credit / accreditation if…

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Poetry Events – Whats On

Not going to have time today for one of my usual rambling posts, as I am spending my poetry time editing and submitting poems to various publications, so I thought I’d plug some local events that are coming up. First up there’s Chichester Poetry; On June 23rd Grace Nicholls & John Agard are reading at the Poetry & Jazz Cafe On July 5th it’s the turn of Roger McGough at Chichester Cathedral These should be…

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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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Where Less is More

Back from a few days holiday – my first break since starting a new job in October. I needed it. Whilst the new role is great (it’s amazing how feeling valued at work improves both your productivity and mental well-being!) I was getting tired, and starting to struggle a little. I’m currently recruiting in the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany and Singapore, with candidates for some of these roles coming from a range of locations around…

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