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Why Writing a Poem is Like Making Crab Apple Jelly

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

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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
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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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Relationships? It's complicated.

My grandmother had a fairly close relationship with a piano. I have an intimate relationship with an Imac.

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Guest — Elizabeth
"I, Helena, do take thee, Imac..."
Sunday, 28 February 2016 10:46
Guest — Nell Nelson
For better or worse, in sickness and in health, for poorer or poorer, so long as this one of us doth live. ;-)
Sunday, 28 February 2016 11:07
Marcia Menter
It's always annoying to deal with Microsoft Word in a Mac context. Word is an in-law, while Macs are family. Congratulations on th... Read More
Sunday, 28 February 2016 14:19
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WHY IT’S SO HARD TO SLEEP IN THESE DAYS . . .

The “first fine careless rapture” is startlingly loud just now. And it’s not the first.

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Elizabeth Barrett
Nell thank you for your confession. I also struggle to identify and distinguish between bird song (and bird calls which are appare... Read More
Sunday, 01 June 2014 10:51
Guest — Nell Nelson
Elizabeth Barrett, you are so RIGHT! And thank you.
Sunday, 01 June 2014 11:01
Guest — Antony Mair
I was at a wonderful reading by Paul Muldoon at Charleston Festival the other day - we were in a marquee and the birds were chatte... Read More
Monday, 02 June 2014 11:33
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MY SOUP HAS LUMPS

The weather forecasters are doing nothing but apologise.

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Guest — Antony Mair
I'm with you on the soup front - though I think you need to get the liquidizer out from under the stairs in order to appreciate th... Read More
Sunday, 09 February 2014 12:15
Guest — jenny galton-fenzi
I love this poem too, Nell. Frances Cornford is good. She wrote what I think is a great war poem. 'Parting in Wartime. How long a... Read More
Sunday, 09 February 2014 12:53
Guest — Nell Nelson
I bet she made soup too. Or at least ate it. Love the poem.
Sunday, 09 February 2014 13:17
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IN PRAISE OF LOGS

From the middle English ‘logge’, a variant of lugge, meaning pole or limb of tree.

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Guest — Ama Bolton
Thank you for this delightful post and for the poem, which I shall put in my log-book. I have fond memories of the citrous fragran... Read More
Sunday, 06 October 2013 11:25
Guest — Nell Nelson
Botheration. Now I want fig wood too!
Sunday, 06 October 2013 13:10
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