Poetry Random Ramblings

Was it Really Two Years Ago

….that the country entered into the first lockdown? When I say the country, I mean most of us. Some who disobeyed the rules received £10K fines. As we know, many of those who made the rules just carried on partying. But that’s for another post. I’m writing this whilst looking out into our garden. It’s a little too cold to sit there for long, but it is a glorious blue-skied spring morning. During that first…

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Prose

Straight in From the Sahara

Apparently a sandstorm is on its way to the UK from the Sahara. Storm Celia is expected to hit southern Britain later today or tomorrow. This news reminded me of a prose piece I wrote a few years ago, following a similar event. It’s part of a pamphlet / book length sequence of flash fiction / prose poems which I am hoping to publish later this year, or early next. This is the only place…

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Poetry Random Ramblings

Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize Competition

Finally! My first success of 2022 (I’ve been focussing on existing projects and manuscript work primarily rather than sending stuff out so far this year). My prose poem At the Landfill of Memories has been selected for this year’s anthology (out of over 1,300 poems submitted). Dempsey & Windle are my publishers, so I like to enter this competition to support them (I don’t enter that many contests). It doesn’t mean I automatically get work…

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Poetry Uncategorized

The New Normal

I’ve just been reading an article on the Open Democracy website about concerns over Russian money being pumped into the Conservative party, and how those donations, both to the central party and individual constituency MPs, might be a bit of a security concern. It’s from 2019. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/dark-money-investigations/revealed-russian-donors-have-stepped-tory-funding/?utm_source=tw Another article (and there are plenty of them) from 2020 names a range of government ministers whose constituency parties have taken Russian donations; https://www.businessinsider.com/russia-report-donors-boris-johnson-conservative-party-2020-7?r=US&IR=T Our Prime Minister proudly…

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Poetry Random Ramblings

Into the Charnel-House

It’s a truism that messianic war mongers are willing to send others to their death. Seemingly at ease with their decisions to condemn both civilians and soldiers to an early grave. So focussed on their own destiny, they seem happy enough to throw away the destinies of so many others. They sicken me with their rhetoric about hard decisions that have to be made, when they are insulated from the consequences. I’m still trying to…

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Poetry

The Poets Challenging Myanmar’s Military

A powerful article in the Guardian today on the poets challenging Myanmar’s military https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/feb/23/is-the-world-listening-the-poets-challenging-myanmars-military In view of what is happening in that country at the moment, you should be aware that the article could well justify trigger warnings – as the poems shared include first hand commentary and accounts of what victims have experienced.

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