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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Why Writing a Poem is Like Making Crab Apple Jelly

Each year the apples take longer to ripen than you remembered.

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Guest — Kim Whysall-Hammond
Thank you, that made me laugh out loud. So right and pertinent.
Sunday, 23 October 2016 12:25
Guest — Helen Ashley
Thank you for such wise words! I was wondering why so few of my "jars of crab apple jelly" were of such poor quality this year. I... Read More
Monday, 24 October 2016 09:36
Guest — Mark Carson
This year we tried fresh root ginger chopped finely, not too much. It is magical, utterly!
Sunday, 30 October 2016 23:12
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