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From my Poetry Bookshelf – Tiger – Cliff Forshaw

In addition to books on my poetry bookshelf, I also have a lot of pamphlets, including this one by Cliff Forshaw, published by Happenstance Press in 2011. Pamphlets are a great way for poets who haven’t had a collection in print to pull together an initial selection of work, or for other writers to create a smaller thematic collection of poems. Tiger falls into the latter category. It is 22 pages long, and themed around…

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Poetry Recordings – Charles Causley – Eden Rock

I thought I would start delving into the marvellous poetry archive of audio recordings. Something to share regularly on a Tuesday night perhaps? If so, let me know your favourites, and I’ll share them here to this blog’s gradually widening audience. Here’s Charles Causley reading Eden Rock. That last line. Phew. https://poetryarchive.org/poem/eden-rock/ Charles Causley (1917-2003) was born and brought up in Launceston, Cornwall and lived there for most of his life. When he was only…

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From my Poetry Bookshelf – The Poetry of Birds – Edited by Simon Armitage and Tim Dee

Repeat that, repeat Repeat that, repeat,Cuckoo, bird, and open ear wells, heart-springs, delightfully sweet,With a ballad, with a ballad, a rebound  Off trundled timber and scoops of the hillside ground, hollow hollow hollow ground:The whole landscape flushes on a sudden at a sound. Gerard Manley Hopkins I heard a cuckoo yesterday. I can’t remember how long ago it was that I last heard one. It prompted me to revisit this brilliant collection of bird poems.…

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192 Magazine

A good few rejections in the last month, but one new acceptance, this time to online publication 192 magazine with a prose piece, part of a long sequence I am currently working my way through. Still submitting once a week to a mix of print and online magazines. Got to keep plugging away! https://poetsdirectory.co.uk/onewebmedia/Aquaplaning%20-%20Richard%20Williams.pdf

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Wallace Stevens – Poems Selected by John Burnside

John Burnside, of whom I have not written yet, is one of my favourite poets, which is one of the reasons I got this book. It’s one of a series of poet – to – poet series Faber collections, where a well known contemporary poets writes about, and chooses a small selection of a another poet’s work. Like most, if not all, of the other books in this series it is now out of print…

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Apparently it’s Mental Health Awareness Week. I say apparently because I’ve been avoiding much of social media for the duration. All the influencer posts. All the one size fits all advice from people who aren’t trained in the area or are just repeating glib suggestions. I’m being harsh. I am sure the posters concerned are trying to do good. And maybe they do reach out and help someone. Fair enough. But those of us with…

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Fair Play

A quick plug for Fair Play, the Dempsey & Windle anthology of last month’s event celebrating the CDLVIIth Birthday of William Shakespeare. I shared a recording of the event here last week, but if it’s a print version you are after you can get it here; https://www.dempseyandwindle.com/anthologies.html

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From my Poetry Bookshelf – Moniza Alvi

I own two of Moniza Alvi’s seven collections, Europa and At the Time of Partition. Many of the poems in Europa, (published in 2008), relate to ancient and modern traumas, including enforced exile, alienation, rape and honour killing. It’s centre-piece is a re-imagining of the story of the rape of Europa by Jupiter as a bull, whereas At The Time of Partition (2013) is a book length poem set at the time of partition between…

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