World Poetry Day

Learning to Write #8 I wrote some haiku for World Poetry Day and took them out and about with me for some photographs. I learnt a couple of things from this – firstly that you need to have strict quality control with haiku, you can just throw words out there and count those syllables, it’s…

Secular

Words and Faith #1 One of the things that drew me back to poetry was the realisation that many of the prayers that I was writing as a Methodist Local Preacher were really spoken poetry in composition and style. Clearly, something inside was trying to get out. I’d had a lot of positive feedback about…

Say Something Back – Denise Riley

Learning to read #7 First and foremost the title – this whole blog could be summed up with those three words. My attitude to poetry could be summed up in those three words. Poetry, in my opinion, is not a passive, spectator sport – it invites a response, a comment, a creative reaction to write something…

Euro16

Learning to Write #7 I was in a phase during the spring and summer of 2016 of writing poems about anything. I even finished some of them 😉 For this one, I was out with a crowd from work and – as football fans do – we went through the wringer for a long time during the…

Banksy

Inspirations #5 What’s this? He’s not even a poet! He’s the worst example of style over substance, of dumbed down culture, complex issues boiled down to a photogenic one liner. Just look at his Walled Off Hotel, in Bethlehem. OK, yes, this is a blog with caveats, but I am a big admirer of his…