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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How to get your pamphlet reviewed

 ‘Is it true – what Shelley writes me that poor John Keats died at Rome of the Quarterly Review?’ [Letter from Byron to John Murray, 26 April 1821]

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Guest — Billy Mills
I review poetry, especially small press poetry, that takes my interest, as a labour of love. You could try me.
Sunday, 04 December 2016 22:25
Guest — Nell Nelson
Other way around Billiy -- pick a pamphlet, read some examples of what's required, send me an OPOI (not longer than 350 words with... Read More
Monday, 05 December 2016 18:34
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How to launch a poetry book

There are many ways. 

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Guest — Fiona Moore
Thank you Nell for supporting us from dry land early on a cold sunny Aldeburgh morning! Do send me a couple of poetry-in-the-sea p... Read More
Sunday, 27 November 2016 10:31
Guest — Nell Nelson
Have just sent you a drop-box link with all the photos, Fiona -- they took a good while to upload but you should have the email al... Read More
Sunday, 27 November 2016 10:56
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Poetics and Drinking Parties

I love the word symposium. I don’t know why.

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Guest — Cora Greenhill
Hello Helena, I love your sweet take on the word symposium? Would you mind if I quoted it in a short article I'm writing? Also, h... Read More
Monday, 05 December 2016 11:17
Guest — Nell Nelson
Hi Cora -- please quote at will. I don't know whether any of the posy has been published, but mine hasn't -- some of the others ma... Read More
Monday, 05 December 2016 18:23
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The smell of the poem

These days there’s a lot of interest in what poems look like.

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Guest — Frances Corkey Thompson
I was once at an event where a poem was read, and at the same time, signed for a deaf audience. The poem finished with something (... Read More
Sunday, 30 October 2016 11:27
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