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FOURTEEN TIPS FOR DEALING WITH REJECTION

I don’t mean in love, or in life. I’m talking poems here.

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Marcia Menter
It's the form-letter rejections that get me. You mean they didn't think enough of my work to plug in a short personalized phrase? ... Read More
Sunday, 05 February 2017 14:31
Guest — Frances Corkey Thompson
Brilliant, as ever, Nell. However. It's not just Aunt Emily waiting for her coffee when that thick envelope thumps on to the mat (... Read More
Sunday, 05 February 2017 23:12
Guest — Nell Nelson
Frances, YeSSSSSSSSSSsssss!
Sunday, 05 February 2017 23:15
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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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Little magazine. Big story.

I’ve always specially liked the term ‘little magazine’. It sounds so un-literary. But of course, it’s the reverse.  

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Buy this book (please). No, really. I mean it.

I would prefer to give books away.

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Guest — Vishvantara
I have ordered my own copy and am now busy totalling up how many I would like to buy for friends as gifts! Can't wait to read it..... Read More
Sunday, 06 March 2016 09:57
Antony Mair
Dear Nell - delighted to say that a cheque was put in the post to you on Friday last, so chalk up another sale!
Sunday, 06 March 2016 14:18
Douglas Hall
Bought, read, inwardly digested and loved it. I now realise that I'm way too lazy to be a successful poet, which is rather liberat... Read More
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 18:24
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AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WINDOW or THE HIPPOPOTA MUSE

The shortest day. Losing the plotamus.

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Guest — Elizabeth Barrett
You are so funny Nell - I love reading your blog. I was concerned that I am not where I should be today, even without all those po... Read More
Sunday, 21 December 2014 11:45
Guest — Frances Corkey Thompson
Alas poor Heft! I knew it well. Heft, Heft, a Horrible Heap of'em. It was a word in my Ulster childhood (linked to 'heave' obv). ... Read More
Sunday, 21 December 2014 12:58
Guest — Nell Nelson
Sunday, 21 December 2014 16:07
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FIXING BROKEN POEMS

'Un poème n'est jamais fini, seulement abandonné. A poem is never finished, only abandoned.' Paul Valéry

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Guest — Elizabeth Barrett
Lovely Valery quote! I'm a bit like Plath in so far as if I can't get a table I'll settle for a chair (I think that's the way Hug... Read More
Monday, 17 February 2014 07:30
Guest — Nell
Oh I do agree, Elizabeth. When poems come back, I see them with fresh eyes and sometimes it's precisely that process that kicks th... Read More
Monday, 17 February 2014 10:22
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