Why Writing a Poem is Like Making Crab Apple Jelly

Each year the apples take longer to ripen than you remembered.

Continue reading
Recent Comments
Guest — Kim Whysall-Hammond
Thank you, that made me laugh out loud. So right and pertinent.
Sunday, 23 October 2016 12:25
Guest — Helen Ashley
Thank you for such wise words! I was wondering why so few of my "jars of crab apple jelly" were of such poor quality this year. I... Read More
Monday, 24 October 2016 09:36
Guest — Mark Carson
This year we tried fresh root ginger chopped finely, not too much. It is magical, utterly!
Sunday, 30 October 2016 23:12
  3686 Hits
  3 Comments

Robert Frost's 'Design' and 'The Rule of the Shorter Term'

After publishing Charlotte Gann’s book, Noir, I’ve started to think of noir poems as a genre — poems with shadows; poems that set up the dark/light opposition. Poems that expose.

Continue reading
Recent Comments
Guest — Davina Prince
An interesting poem and thank you for introducing it - and taking me back to Frost. I looked it up it in his Collected (my prefe... Read More
Sunday, 09 October 2016 10:58
Guest — Charlotte Gann
I love this, and I think it does all hinge (for me) on the 'desperate plea': 'What had that flower to do with being white'. That ... Read More
Sunday, 09 October 2016 13:04
Marcia Menter
Oh Star (the fairest one in sight), We grant your loftiness the right To some obscurity of cloud-- It will not do to say of night,... Read More
Sunday, 09 October 2016 14:47
  5208 Hits
  3 Comments

Why Arvon Works

There is a recipe, and it works.

Continue reading
Recent Comments
Guest — veronicabell
I wish I could go on one of these courses.
Saturday, 07 January 2017 15:25
Jane Wheeler
I have been on four, in the past two years, and they have been the best present I have ever given myself. you meet some lovely peo... Read More
Monday, 28 May 2018 18:42
  4740 Hits
  2 Comments

What you need to know about Po

I don't mean Li Po, though I might well have done. 

Continue reading
  3733 Hits
  0 Comments

The Danger of Dreams

I woke this morning from a vivid dream. 

Continue reading
Recent comment in this post
Guest — marion tracy
The excitement of news The folly of the muse Let's kill the line And pulverise the rhyme I could go on and on But my work here i... Read More
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 14:56
  3394 Hits
  1 Comment

POETRY AND BEES

The town of Callander, not far from the city of Stirling, is one of those places often referred to as ‘gateway to the Highlands’. It’s a busy little place, and scenic, with great big wooded crags behind it, from which the rain (when it’s raining) comes rolling down. It has a wonderful second-hand bookshop (more of that later).

Continue reading
Recent Comments
Guest — Frances Corkey Thompson
I want to go, I really do. Next year. Unfortunately I'm off to Athens now. Umm.
Sunday, 04 September 2016 12:26
Guest — Nell Nelson
You get no sympathy, Frances! Athens! I expect the Muse will meet you off the plane...x
Sunday, 04 September 2016 12:49
Guest — delores anderson
A bit late for me; as I just find you through a competition on the poetry library competition list. Have set reminder for Septembe... Read More
Monday, 05 September 2016 08:18
  4057 Hits
  3 Comments