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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Poetry Random Ramblings

For Now This Silt’s Still Ours

How was Eunice for you? Or Dudley? Or Corrie, Malik, Barra or Arwin? Are you looking forward to Gladys, Herman, Olwen or Ruby? I’ve read some of the reports, seem some of the data. There’s lots more of this, and worse, on the way. We all know this. But we kid ourselves that someone, somewhere has the solution. And maybe they do. And is there anything we as individuals can do, whilst oil companies make…

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Music Poetry

3 AM at the Border of the Marsh

I’ve been listening to a lot of 1970s music this week. On Twitter I follow someone who posts polls each fortnight, asking people to vote for their 5 favourite albums from a particular year. This fortnight people are posting their recommendations from 1976. Most years my decision making is pretty fluid up until the last minute, but this time my choices are pretty much cast in stone. Well, four of them are. A couple of…

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Poetry and Settled Status for All

The anthology, “Poetry and Settled Status for All” (CivicLeicester, 2022) is now available https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1916459374 The anthology presents 114 poems and short prose pieces from 97 writers from around the world exploring themes that include lived experience of migration, refugee and undocumented migrant experiences, and the hostile environment.  The anthology features contributions from seasoned writers with many publications to their names alongside emerging voices and has been described variously as “powerful”, “thought-provoking” and “effective”. I have a…

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Imagine Portsmouth Poetry Competition

Just a quick post to plug the Imagine Portsmouth Poetry Competition results. I didn’t win, but did secure a £75 voucher for having a highly commended poem. Which was very nice. I have a certificate as well! Not quite up there with a friend’s freedom of Moldova award, but it’s something! You can read the winning entries here; https://imagineportsmouth.co.uk/poetry-competition/ I don’t know which of my poems was successful – I sent in four, including one…

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12,032

A new poem that may well have a new title every few months or so…. 12032 We both inhaleand exhale the same airfeel cold in our fingertipswarmth on our backssee the world with similar eyes(though my sight is apparently shorter) So why the fuck do you still vote Tory? NB. 12032 people voted Conservative at the North Shropshire by-election It’s not just Johnson. I loathe the whole gang of grifting scumbags. If you truly, genuinely,…

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First Rejection of the Year!

Received my first rejection of the year today! The first of many, no doubt. There was no explanation, beyond the generic ‘it’s not for us’. Poetry editors don’t tend to explain why. I don’t blame them. There are a good number of writers out there who have a somewhat overrated opinion of themselves, who would respond to specific feedback with justification of why the editors are wrong and or / further requests for clarification at…

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Crow Name

A quick post to plug a relatively new online (also available in print format) magazine in which I have a prose piece appearing. You can read it here; Crow Name, issue 3 https://crowname.com/crow-name-issue-3/ I hope you enjoy it and the rest of the writing within Crow Name. It’s an international magazine with writers from around the world.

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Remembering James

This blog has been very quiet for the past month. I have been deeply affected by the loss of a close family friend, who chose to end his life at the age of 24. I’ve known James all his life. He was a kind, funny, warm and intensely loyal person. He was also an autistic person. Around 1 in 100 people in the UK are autistic. Statistically, autistic adults are 9 times more likely to…

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Acropolis Journal

I’ve not been on here much for a while. I’ll explain why in due course. But anyway, I have a couple of poems in the latest edition of Acropolis Journal, which is moon-themed. You can read them here. https://acropolisjournaluk.wixsite.com/acropolisjournal/issue-two They include a poem written when my eldest daughter was 10, and another which is very dark and relates to my own feelings when at my lowest ebb. It comes with a trigger warning, and, for…

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