Kendal Poetry Festival 16/6/17

Performance #1 So the doors to the performance area are open because the room is packed, and the Lake District evening air is sneaking in to listen, and there is a hint of road noise and bird song, and one or two yoof outside. In and amongst all of this, you have live poetry and… Continue reading Kendal Poetry Festival 16/6/17

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,… Continue reading Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong

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… Continue reading More Election Haiku

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.… Continue reading General Election Haiku (Part 3)

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… Continue reading General Election Haiku (cont…)