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Reining in the high horse

Do you say ‘weep’ ever – except inside a poem?

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Guest — Antony Mair
Yes, yes, yes. A couple of others: "beneath" instead of "under" and "within" instead of "inside".
Sunday, 15 January 2017 12:02
Guest — Chris Hardy
Weep: my father, who died aged 92 in 2013 - used to use 'weep' whenever he talked about 'crying'. He came from a mining family in ... Read More
Sunday, 15 January 2017 15:59
Guest — Ruth Aylett
I do use weep in ordinary life occasionally for that state where tears come out of the eyes without any scrunching of the face or ... Read More
Sunday, 15 January 2017 16:39
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On windows and stacking

Yes, it's a new year but I'm still reading poems from the old window.

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Guest — Stephen Parr
Dear Nell: I really think it's time you had a good rest. Preferably with lots of cake. I've stopped sending you poems because I ju... Read More
Monday, 02 January 2017 17:56
Guest — Nell Nelson
You're quite right to pull me up for moaning, Stephen. I really didn't mean to. It's just guilt about all the people to whom I hav... Read More
Monday, 02 January 2017 18:37
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Blogging about Snagging

How long does it take to snag a poem? 

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Guest — Rachel
That is incredibly helpful, thank you. Especially the enjambement/pause point. It's so obvious but I don't think I've paid it enou... Read More
Sunday, 07 August 2016 15:28
Marcia Menter
I think you are entitled to some ice cream.
Sunday, 07 August 2016 18:19
Jane Wheeler
yes, incredibly helpful, as a recent recipient of some of this snagging I'm just bowled over by your generosity. hope you are gett... Read More
Friday, 12 August 2016 14:41
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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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THE AWFUL TRUTH

In December, there were 77 submissions or, in the end, 76, because one turned out to be the same one twice.

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Guest — Angela Topping
When I read these posts, I feel smug because I am not guilty of any of the sins you outline so carefully. If only the people who m... Read More
Sunday, 03 February 2013 12:54
Guest — Arthur Battram
Humbling. Thank you.
Sunday, 08 January 2017 12:24
Guest — Nell Nelson
I think I've probably been guilty of every single one of them, at one time or another. That's half the trouble! ... Read More
Sunday, 03 February 2013 17:32
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