Reining in the high horse

Do you say ‘weep’ ever – except inside a poem?

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Guest — Antony Mair
Yes, yes, yes. A couple of others: "beneath" instead of "under" and "within" instead of "inside".
Sunday, 15 January 2017 12:02
Guest — Chris Hardy
Weep: my father, who died aged 92 in 2013 - used to use 'weep' whenever he talked about 'crying'. He came from a mining family in ... Read More
Sunday, 15 January 2017 15:59
Guest — Ruth Aylett
I do use weep in ordinary life occasionally for that state where tears come out of the eyes without any scrunching of the face or ... Read More
Sunday, 15 January 2017 16:39
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Verbs leaning through the window and other coincidences

The coincidences in the poems sent in to me during the December window ARE uncanny.

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Gill Learner
Oh dear. I'd better have look at a number of last lines!
Saturday, 07 January 2017 12:12
Marcia Menter
Sunday mornings I'd read Nell's blog feel gifted, if slightly foxed have no egrets. Blimey! It's Saturday!... Read More
Saturday, 07 January 2017 14:31
Guest — Frances Corkey Thompson
I think Seamus Heaney started 'heft' - definitely a Heaney word. I've used it myself when feeling like a real poet. Therefore I ha... Read More
Saturday, 07 January 2017 14:50
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Rodents through the window

Forget horses. Today it is wasps and rats.

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On windows and stacking

Yes, it's a new year but I'm still reading poems from the old window.

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Guest — Stephen Parr
Dear Nell: I really think it's time you had a good rest. Preferably with lots of cake. I've stopped sending you poems because I ju... Read More
Monday, 02 January 2017 17:56
Guest — Nell Nelson
You're quite right to pull me up for moaning, Stephen. I really didn't mean to. It's just guilt about all the people to whom I hav... Read More
Monday, 02 January 2017 18:37
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How (not) to begin a poem

Thoughts from the reading window.  

The first three or four lines of a poem are make-or-break territory.

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Guest — Frances Corkey Thompson
I was hooked. Love the 'disappointed fish'. Some metaphors enjoy being overwrought. Happy frying! And Happy Christmas!... Read More
Sunday, 18 December 2016 10:27
Douglas Hall
I've been in a war of attrition with a poem since May 2012; its latest incarnation begins: ''While more recent memories start to... Read More
Sunday, 18 December 2016 11:04
Guest — Nell Nelson
Douglas -- you made me laugh!
Sunday, 18 December 2016 11:09
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On Windows and Fish

The reading window is open. The envelopes are stacking up.

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Guest — christina fletcher
Oh no! 2B?
Sunday, 11 December 2016 10:51
Guest — Marjorie Neilson
You are not the only one to suffer from a Christmas senior moment. The reading group I go to decided we would bring a book wrappe... Read More
Monday, 12 December 2016 10:39
Guest — Barbara Saunders
That's a year of your blog read. Time for bed!
Sunday, 18 February 2018 01:01
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