POETRY, OPOIs AND MOON-WALKING BEARS

Fact: you don’t see one thing when you’re looking for another.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE AT A POETRY FESTIVAL AND YOU ARE NOT

Easy. Here’s a festival I made earlier.

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Guest — Brigid Sivill
Oh brilliant! I am not going to mourn the readings and happenings any more. I will make my own festival whenever I feel lonely i... Read More
Sunday, 15 November 2015 12:33
Guest — pippa little
You are a treasure, Helena Nelson! What a splendid idea! Thank you for your choices (Tom Duddy's own reading most of all, Marina... Read More
Sunday, 15 November 2015 16:13
Guest — Charlotte Gann
Thanks from me too. A feast! Much enjoyed...
Sunday, 15 November 2015 16:28
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ON GOOD FORM

Have we got it right? Does the poem work? Did the poem win?

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Guest — Tristan Moss
Hi Nell, I'm not great at matching form to the meaning of a poem, or sometimes even recognising when other poets have done it suc... Read More
Sunday, 08 November 2015 11:01
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32 WAYS OF REVIVING A REJECTED POEM

Warning: 1. We can get too serious about our poems. 2. Sometimes poems die under the knife.

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Guest — Annie
Poems I don't love deeply - plenty of scope there then! Here I come you little buggers - let's be having you! Thanks Nell - great ... Read More
Sunday, 25 October 2015 10:31
Guest — Nell Nelson
Thank you, Annie. I've decided poems should all be published with an RDI rating for component parts. Obviously some count far high... Read More
Sunday, 25 October 2015 11:48
Guest — Annie Fisher
RDI - good idea - reminds me of this which I wrote for children: ABOUT THESE POEMS I found these poems growing on a little poet... Read More
Sunday, 25 October 2015 21:00
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HAPPENSTANCE GOES WELSH

Scottish poets? No problem.

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Guest — Gill McEvoy
Thank you, Nell -you've reminded me I'd like to buy a copy of Stephen Payne's book, and maybe I should also get a copy of your fir... Read More
Sunday, 18 October 2015 11:43
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TEN REASONS FOR BUYING POETRY

That is to say, ten good reasons.

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Guest — Stephen Parr
Buying chocolate-coated poetry is even better, cos it releases endorphins while you read it!
Sunday, 04 October 2015 12:21
Guest — Nell
Actually I forgot to mention reason 11 (which you've just subverted, Stephen): poetry isn't fattening.
Sunday, 04 October 2015 15:31
Guest — William Thirsk-Gaskill
A signed, first-edition poetry book makes a very economical, personal Christmas present.
Monday, 05 October 2015 00:31
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