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WHAT TO DO WHEN ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE AT A POETRY FESTIVAL AND YOU ARE NOT

Easy. Here’s a festival I made earlier.

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Guest — Brigid Sivill
Oh brilliant! I am not going to mourn the readings and happenings any more. I will make my own festival whenever I feel lonely i... Read More
Sunday, 15 November 2015 12:33
Guest — pippa little
You are a treasure, Helena Nelson! What a splendid idea! Thank you for your choices (Tom Duddy's own reading most of all, Marina... Read More
Sunday, 15 November 2015 16:13
Guest — Charlotte Gann
Thanks from me too. A feast! Much enjoyed...
Sunday, 15 November 2015 16:28
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The Tale of HB, a Serious and Ambitious Poet who was Remembered for being Extremely Silly.

The fact is this house is beginning to resemble my brain, in which bits of rhyme and reason are all jumbled up together in a glorious mess. Half the time, I don’t know who wrote what or where. Only that someone did.

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THE FLEAS THAT TEASE

Give me a poem starting ‘I remember’ and I will suggest you drop the first two words. And yet . . .

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Guest — Annie Fisher
Love the poem Nell - all of it, especially (and as you might guess) the gonads. Talking of school memories, I tried contacting a f... Read More
Sunday, 27 April 2014 12:42
Guest — Nell
Annie, how could they possibly forget you? I mean that in the nicest sense! However, sometimes the people with the best memories... Read More
Sunday, 27 April 2014 12:52
Guest — Annie Fisher
Yes I think so. I actually went to nine schools and adopted a head-down-and-blend-in way of coping with all the new starts. Making... Read More
Sunday, 27 April 2014 17:11
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WHAT GOES WRONG WITH POEMS (1)

Week one of the July submissions window is over already.

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Guest — Peter Daniels
I remember (hah!) a workshop somewhere (Poetry Business, maybe) with a writing exercise to start off "I remember..." and keep writ... Read More
Sunday, 07 July 2013 16:09
Guest — Nell Nelson
Great trick, that. I like it a LOT.
Sunday, 07 July 2013 16:24
Guest — Helen Clare
Generally speaking I do find 'I remember' a bit clunky, but I love this poem by Eavan Boland. http://www.mindspring.com/~mlmcc/Re... Read More
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 10:03
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THE DEEP HEART'S CORE

Poems by heart. Should we?

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Guest — Tim Love
In the Times Higher last year, Chris Jones (University of St Andrews) reviewed "Heart Beats: Everyday Life and the Memorized Poem"... Read More
Sunday, 10 February 2013 12:01
Guest — Annie
I adore that poem, Nell! It’s one of a number I memorised for the pure pleasure of it when I was about sixteen. Making children me... Read More
Sunday, 10 February 2013 12:32
Guest — jenny galton-fenzi
I don't find it easy to memorize whole poems, but the odd lines that hook themselves in are important too. I never stand in a fish... Read More
Monday, 18 February 2013 09:25
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