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From my Poetry Bookshelf – Philip Gross

I own two books by Philip Gross – The Water Table (winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2009), and Love Songs of Carbon (from 2015), both published by Bloodeaxe Books. I’m not quite sure why I only have two of his collections. In my opinion he is one of our best contemporary poets. I grew up in Somerset, so a lot of his location – based writing has deep resonance for me (Gross was…

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Poetry and Settled Status

A quick post this afternoon to mention an anthology open to submissions up and till June 30th – so if you are interested you’d better get on with it! CivicLeicester is inviting and accepting poems and short fiction on the theme, Settled Status or Indefinite Leave to Remain for All.  The editors will also consider poems and short fiction exploring themes that include:  ● lived experience of being a migrant or an undocumented migrant or…

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Chichester Festival Poetry Event

A quick mention for an event I am reading at tonight – if you are at a loose end and want to hear a range of poets read their work, details follow; POETRY & JAZZ CAFÉ  Thursday, June 24, 7.30pm. ASSEMBLY ROOM, NORTH ST, CHICHESTER, PO19 1LQ. LIVE EVENT As part of the Festival of Chichester, acclaimed poets Raine Geoghegan and James Simpson team up with jazz stars the Charlotte Glasson Trio, with legendary guitarist Chris Spedding, to entertain and inspire. Raine…

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Poetry Recordings – Jackie Kay – Old Tongue

This week’s poetry recording is by Jackie Kay, who had two brilliant poems in the anthology I wrote about on Sunday. It’s a wonderful poem about dialect, about the loss of language and the loss of sense of place that happens when we move. It happens to us all that move. I’ve lost most of my Somerset dialect since I moved away, though I still call a wasp by it’s proper name, ‘jasper’. I wonder…

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From my Poetry Bookshelf – Empty Nest – Poems for Families – Edited by Carol Ann Duffy

My youngest child was 18 at the end of last week. Today is Father’s Day. Both events have prompted me to revisit this collection of poems for families, edited by Carol Ann Duffy, which I was given as a present earlier this year. As with all good anthologies it includes a wide range of poems from across the centuries, that are as relevant now as they were when they were written – Here’s one from…

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Poetry Recordings – Sylvia Plath – Lady Lazarus

This week’s random poetry recording is of Sylvia Plath reading one of her most famous poems. She was a brilliant reader of her own work. Whether or not you’ve heard it before I’d be interested to know your thoughts. Incidentally, there’s a close reading of the poem on the British Library website here if you want to find out more. https://www.bl.uk/20th-century-literature/articles/a-close-reading-of-lady-lazarus Having struggled with my own mental health issues in the past, I’ve not really…

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From my Poetry Bookshelf – Saturday, 3PM – Daniel Gray

It’s 7.40 PM and I haven’t posted anything today. Family around and football on the TV. Lots of work to do on my side business – I have a licence to sell UEFA final memorabilia on eBay , Amazon and my own website. It’s not as profitable as you’d think, but it does help with the general finances. A little. So an opportunity to mention Daniel Gray’s prose books about football. Full of nostalgia and…

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Green Ink Poetry

A quick post to mention that I have a short poem in the latest edition of Green Ink Poetry. You can find it, and the rest of the discovery themed poems here; https://www.greeninkpoetry.co.uk/poetry-collections/discovery My poem is entitled Sea Life Centre Confessional and is 33 words long. I’ve written shorter, but a lot that are longer! It’s one of my Portsmouth island running poem sequence that I one day hope to get published (the whole sequence…

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