General Election Haiku (6)

Learning to Write #14 The sixth installment in my daily election haiku marathon. I’m quite enjoying this now, I find that I’m looking for a hook, a moment, a phrase or just something to build on. And I get quite excited when I find it, when I write around it, when I get an image…

Election Haiku (5)

Learning to Write #13 What can you say, really, in a week as tragic, as heartbreaking, as desperately sad as this one. What can you do? Carry on, with all of the passion of our hearts bent towards justice, and freedom and on simply making things better. Every shuddering moment where we fall back, reclaiming…

Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong

Learning to Read #10 There is a lot to like in this collection of poems – it got hugely positive reviews in the US when it came out last year, as you can see from my meta-poll of the years books, and the Cape Poetry edition in the UK has also been warmly received. It is intense,…

More Election Haiku

Learning to Write #12 One haiku a day, every day for the month leading up to the election. Man, that’s like 30 haiku one after the other…. This is the fourth installment. Thanks for hanging in there with me. The Jeremy Corbyn one at the top was inspired by his appearance at the Brudenell Club in…

General Election Haiku (Part 3)

Learning to Write #11 I’m still plugging away – a haiku a day during the General Election campaign. Regular as clockwork. The one above suggests I needed just a few moments to cut loose a little, both in my dislike of the Right Honourable Gentleman and his inner glee at watching the NHS struggle with ransomware, and with the 5-7-5 routine….

General Election Haiku (cont…)

Learning to Write #10 After four days, my observations so far – writing a haiku a day on the same theme does crank your thought processes up and it forces you to limit the edits, because it’s only a short few hours until the next one is due. It makes you work. And I think…

General Election Haiku

Learning to Write #9 I utterly lack discipline and a work ethic when it comes to writing poetry. I know that practice makes less bad, I know, I know…. But setting aside a period of time on a regular basis to write, comes very hard for me. And yet, this is something I really enjoy…