A NSFW Tanka (sorry!)

Learning to Write #24 (It’s only the last one, which contains a swear word and I should apologise for, but it felt entirely appropriate) In his collection of haiku (“Anchorage”) David Cobb quotes some advice he has about writing haiku for 25 years and then publishing just the ten best poems from the whole period….

How I break Angels

Learning to Write #23 I wrote this ages ago, and tried my hand at knocking together an abstract video for it (link here). It’s about good people and the ways we discourage them. I like the idea, although the execution is rough and ready. It’s all part of the learning curve 🙂 The poem was…

Two Tuesday Tanka

Learning to Write #18 Discipline. The challenge of writing something for a deadline. Every Tuesday, I will write a tanka, prompted by something on the day or the day before. Here are two tanka, one from last week, one from today. The first was based on a short exchange on Twitter about how we all…

Leeds Pride 2017

Learning to Write #17 I apologise, this is slightly churlish of me. I really enjoyed being part of the Leeds Pride 2017 parade, it was great to see families out there in the thousands (proper thousands, not Trump thousands), celebrating diversity. The rush of walking down from Millennium Square, high fiving the crowd and seeing…

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…

Easter

Words and Faith #3 This was an Easter celebration created by Lister Hill Baptist in Leeds; I added the Haiku, they were words that seemed to fit. Are they about Easter and the Christian faith, or are they personal and about romantic love? Either/or. You choose 🙂

Screen Burn

Learning to Write #8 Screen burn is something that people will forget about, as they simply don’t have to worry about it any more. It’s like R Tape loading errors, or the holes on the edges of the old folding printer paper – lost concepts in the history of modern tech. uudecode and uuencode. Those were…

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…