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…

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…

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…

Eccleshill

Learning to Write #4 I worked night shifts for a while, in a factory that made sticky tape. That’s a story in itself. The factory was in a small patch of green in an area that was nudging into rough, and it was all very noisy until we stopped for break. Suddenly, it was calm and surreal, almost spiritual. And there…

Bird

Learning to Write #1 This was a poem that came from a very simple moment, as you can see. I had taken the scenic route to work, through a small patch of woodland, and clearly there had been a fairly recent and violent death. The poem was written quite quickly, by my standards, at my desk, in…