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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 Event – Midhurst – 11th August

This looks like it will be an excellent event – this Thursday in Midhurst A celebration of the poetry of naturalist Richard Williamson at South Downs Park HQ Memorial Hall. Also features the renowned Stradivarius Piano Trio. More details below; https://madhurst.co.uk/event/flights-of-the-mind-poetry-evening-thursday-11th-august/?fbclid=IwAR3br5vhvWv0fiuVQha3TVF-FAujCQiTZDWgwDAht_xcFHovF_of6ROCE9s

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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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Pompey Speak

Something for your diary on Sunday 24th – a programme on Radio 4 about the Portsmouth dialect, which is different to all others in the UK. Poet Maggie Sawkins, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, explores the language, dialect and poetry of her native Portsmouth in Hampshire. Maggie meets fellow poets Denise Bennett and Liz Neal at the city’s Historic Dockyard, to ask whether the Pompey dialect has been relegated…

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South Downs Poetry Events

Ironically, after Friday’s post, the side hustle has taken up the time I was planning on using for writing poetry and a blog post today. Ah well. I’ll use today’s post to flag a couple of South Downs Poetry festival events this week Firstly an evening with Roger McGough on July 5th https://festivalofchichester.co.uk/event/poetry-and-music-with-roger-mcgough-south-downs-poetry-festival/ And secondly, Shout out to Shelley, in Horsham on the 8th July, which looks good fun, with Atilla the Stockbroker amongst other,…

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The Poetry Archive – Obsidian Collection

A quick mention today for the Poetry Archives collaboration with the Obsidian Foundation The collection is a collaboration which aims to recognise the importance of the inspirations, stories and social and cultural commentary that British Black Poets bring to the UK’s poetry landscape. All the poems featured in this collection have been selected by the poets themselves. https://poetryarchive.org/keystones/obsidian-collection/ It’s a permanent feature of the site, and one that those behind the Archive are adding to…

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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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