Opening the Windows

Remember the joke about windows?

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The armies of perfection . . .

So do you need to know about the poet’s life?

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How personal should poems get?

It’s a sort of spectrum. At one end – the safe end – there’s persona (Robert Browning – ‘My Last Duchess’).

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Guest — Elizabeth Barrett
I really enjoyed this Nell. And I have really enjoyed reading (and re-reading) Flame which arrived in your package this week. It i... Read More
Sunday, 29 May 2016 10:54
Guest — Angela Topping
Hear hear! One of the reasons I have to write poetry it to interrogate memory. Another is to understand human experience, starting... Read More
Sunday, 29 May 2016 10:56
Marcia Menter
Brilliant. The thing is, you can only write the poems you can write. So you'd better make them true. Viva vividness!
Sunday, 29 May 2016 13:39
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Dreams and Rejection

So I’m dreaming and in the dream, I’m thinking, this dream wouldn’t make a good poem because it’s stuck.

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Three cheers for NOT embracing the internet!

There are still small magazines that don’t.

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Thanks Helena - going to send my cheque off tomorrow. Too much choice - cheeses in the supermarket - it gets so you can't see any... Read More
Sunday, 08 May 2016 21:22
Guest — Marjorie Neilson
Hip, Hip, Hooray! A magazine that bucks the modern trend. No overblown whizzy websites that you spend ages trying to navigate, an... Read More
Monday, 09 May 2016 09:09
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Blog Jest

That’s what my mother used to say, especially on a Sunday: today we have jests for lunch.

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Guest — Elizabeth
Your prediction about haiku and conferences is already coming to pass, Nell :-) I have been asked to judge a haiku competition at ... Read More
Sunday, 01 May 2016 11:12
Guest — Nell Nelson
Good gracious, Elizabeth! This is quite remarkable. You must report back in September. :-)
Sunday, 01 May 2016 11:49
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