The armies of perfection . . .

So do you need to know about the poet’s life?

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How personal should poems get?

It’s a sort of spectrum. At one end – the safe end – there’s persona (Robert Browning – ‘My Last Duchess’).

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Guest — Elizabeth Barrett
I really enjoyed this Nell. And I have really enjoyed reading (and re-reading) Flame which arrived in your package this week. It i... Read More
Sunday, 29 May 2016 10:54
Guest — Angela Topping
Hear hear! One of the reasons I have to write poetry it to interrogate memory. Another is to understand human experience, starting... Read More
Sunday, 29 May 2016 10:56
Marcia Menter
Brilliant. The thing is, you can only write the poems you can write. So you'd better make them true. Viva vividness!
Sunday, 29 May 2016 13:39
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Dreams and Rejection

So I’m dreaming and in the dream, I’m thinking, this dream wouldn’t make a good poem because it’s stuck.

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Three cheers for NOT embracing the internet!

There are still small magazines that don’t.

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Brigid
Thanks Helena - going to send my cheque off tomorrow. Too much choice - cheeses in the supermarket - it gets so you can't see any... Read More
Sunday, 08 May 2016 21:22
Guest — Marjorie Neilson
Hip, Hip, Hooray! A magazine that bucks the modern trend. No overblown whizzy websites that you spend ages trying to navigate, an... Read More
Monday, 09 May 2016 09:09
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Blog Jest

That’s what my mother used to say, especially on a Sunday: today we have jests for lunch.

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Guest — Elizabeth
Your prediction about haiku and conferences is already coming to pass, Nell :-) I have been asked to judge a haiku competition at ... Read More
Sunday, 01 May 2016 11:12
Guest — Nell Nelson
Good gracious, Elizabeth! This is quite remarkable. You must report back in September. :-)
Sunday, 01 May 2016 11:49
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Hearing Things Wrong: Ode Don't

It can make it very difficult to take poetry seriously.

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Guest — Elizabeth
Thank you :-) I do this constantly. Only this morning I heard 'heart' instead of 'hart' and went askew for several lines. But I l... Read More
Sunday, 24 April 2016 10:59
Guest — marion tracy
Yes this is one of the many drawbacks of teaching literature to teenagers. Once the first pun is seen masses more materialise wil... Read More
Sunday, 24 April 2016 11:15
Guest — Robin
Thank you, I'm constantly misreading my own drafts, a great source of unexpected image and metaphor!
Sunday, 24 April 2016 18:16
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