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….

More Tuesday Tanka

Learning to Write #20 Subtitled – the dangers of writing poetry after several pints of beer. And/or on holiday and more relaxed generally. Don’t you sometimes feel like a ghost at busy points in life, removed, detached, disconnected? And don’t you wish pebbles had friends for life, they could stay in touch despite the best…

Two more Tuesday Tanka

Learning to Write #19 I had a craft evening with my youngest daughter and a good friend of mine, both of whom are infinitely more crafty than me, and it struck me how conversation ebbed and flowed around what they were doing, and what they were doing took shape even as the conversation seemed to…

First Birthday!

Happy First Birthday! Celebrate with a haiku, My poetry blog. Ha. It’s been a lot of fun writing this, I might not be reaching huge numbers but I’m enjoying it, and it is allowing me to be creative, so that’s cool. Happy birthday drbpoems. It’s because my name is really common, and people at work…

General Election Haiku – The End

Learning to Write #16 The final few, we’re here – polling day! Brutal, exhausting, variable in quality…. But enough about my daily election haiku 😉 It’s been a blast, and I’m glad I’ve done it. It has been hard to work quickly and put something out to a deadline when it is only 70% done….

General Election Haiku 7

Learning to Write #15 The penultimate collection of my daily election haiku. The finish line is in sight! This weeks debate has been dominated by Teresa May and her u-turns, the plight of the NHS and Jeremy Corbyn’s reluctance to make a firm statement about nuclear weapons. It is very odd that people put so…

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…

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…