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Little magazine. Big story.

I’ve always specially liked the term ‘little magazine’. It sounds so un-literary. But of course, it’s the reverse.  

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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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Hot topic: Age and Aging

As a writing topic, age is in. Age has always been in.

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WORKING WITH THE WORLD’S WORST AUTHOR

The yellow book has gone to print. I’m not sure how it got there and I want to get it back.

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Guest — Charlotte Gann
Brilliant! This had me laughing...
Sunday, 21 February 2016 08:35
Giles Turnbull
I am going to spend the rest of my life on an obsessive hunt for one of those How Not To Get Your Oetry Published editions! I will... Read More
Sunday, 21 February 2016 09:13
Jinny Fisher
Thank you, Nell! I'm looking forward to this, and not just to play "Spot the formatting stupid". I'm confident that that will be t... Read More
Sunday, 21 February 2016 12:07
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On Finalising the Book

Should anyone (I know it's unlikely) wonder where the blog has gone, it has gone into a chapter about blogging and taken my brain with it.

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Guest — Linda Goulden
Here is a little one. What if a competition says 'nothing which has already won a prize', but your poem only won a prize in open m... Read More
Sunday, 14 February 2016 10:27
Jinny Fisher
:-). Waving...
Sunday, 14 February 2016 10:29
Guest — Nell Nelson
What a good question! I have no idea. I think one would have to ask the competition organisers. This had never occurred to me.... Read More
Sunday, 14 February 2016 11:39
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