Another Crossing – Khadijah Ibrahiim

Learning to Read #17 I believe that good poetry is a fluid thing – it speaks in many ways to different people, and in different ways at different times of your life. It might be the narrative of a single moment, or a description of a single place or an expression of a single emotion,…

Three More Tuesday Tanka

Learning to Write #21 Autumn has arrived, and these three tanka reflect different aspects of the season. Sort of. Cricket isn’t designed for autumn is it? Wet grass slows play down, and the chilly wind makes it harder to keep your pint steady in the stands. And politics. AutumnĀ is the season of party conferences in…

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…

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…