*26* poetry Monday

You know what I need? A re-boot. If my brain were a computer I would press the three magic keys ‘control/alt/delete’ and start again… I feel totally disconnected and vague. More than usual, anyway! I wrote this post this morning and forgot to press ‘publish’, so it’s coming to you late. Does it matter? Do […]

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*24* poetry Monday

February is Black History month, so here goes: Won’t you be my sister (by Amanda Gorman, US Youth Poet Laureate) Mark me as a ripple Make me a piercing drop Just so I can be but a note Of froth at the lip of a wave, In the roar of this cresting ocean. Name me […]

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*23* poetry Monday

For one of my College course I had to read “Citizen” by Claudia Rankine. I’m ashamed to say I had never heard of either before last week but I am now 100% convinced this is a seminal book that should be compulsory reading in all schools. It was one of those books that leaves you […]

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*17* poetry Friday

Mary Oliver died yesterday. I didn’t think I liked poetry before I ‘met’ her. Her poems changed all that, and will always be in her debt, so today instead of a music video you can listen to my favourite poem read by my favourite poet… And one more…. When Death Comes by Mary Oliver When […]

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*13* poetry Monday

Back to college today, so you’re getting a bookish poem. Do you know Brian Bilston? This Bookshop life (Brian Bilston) I’d buy everything from a bookshop if I could.All my food would come from there.Atwooden tables I would sit, eating Dahl,Kipling Tartts or chocolate Baudelaires.There’d be flat tortillas, focaccia and the rye:it would be a […]

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*7* poetry Monday

Another one from Edward Thomas because I’m still in essay mood and I wouldn’t even know about him if he I hadn’t gone back to college. Also, he writes about places I know personally and I find that fascinating. Not that I know this village particularly, but you know what I mean. Adlestrop by Edward […]

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– 2018/203 – poetry Monday

I discovered this poem through my college work… I’m fascinated by Helen Thomas, the wife of the poet Edward Thomas and I’m reading all that she has written and that was written about her.  In the morning I’m heading to the University archive to read some of her actual letters.  There is something so special […]

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– 2018/200 – poetry Monday

Leisure (by William Henry Davies) What is this life if, full of care,We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughsAnd stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass,Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight,Streams […]

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– 2018/197 – poetry Monday

Ode (by Arthur O’Shaughnessy) We are the music-makers,And we are the dreamers of dreams,Wandering by lone sea-breakersAnd sitting by desolate streams;World losers and world forsakers,On whom the pale moon gleams:Yet we are the movers and shakersOf the world for ever, it seems. With wonderful deathless dittiesWe build up the world’s great cities.And out of a […]

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– 2018/193 – poetry Monday

What We Need Is Here (by Wendell Berry) Geese appear high over us,pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,as in love or sleep, holdsthem to their way, clearin the ancient faith: what we needis here. And we pray, notfor new earth or heaven, but to bequiet in heart, and in eye,clear. What we need is here. 

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