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FIXING BROKEN POEMS

'Un poème n'est jamais fini, seulement abandonné. A poem is never finished, only abandoned.' Paul Valéry

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Guest — Elizabeth Barrett
Lovely Valery quote! I'm a bit like Plath in so far as if I can't get a table I'll settle for a chair (I think that's the way Hug... Read More
Monday, 17 February 2014 07:30
Guest — Nell
Oh I do agree, Elizabeth. When poems come back, I see them with fresh eyes and sometimes it's precisely that process that kicks th... Read More
Monday, 17 February 2014 10:22
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THE POWER OF METAPHOR

When memory fails, songs stay faithful.

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Guest — Tim Love
That Carousel song is one of my favourites. I like the words, but I read them with less hope. By the time the persona's seeing gol... Read More
Sunday, 02 February 2014 10:57
Guest — Annie
Lovely post Nell. By happenstance I was reading Gillian Clarke's Miracle on St David's day only yesterday! My mother (91) has a si... Read More
Sunday, 02 February 2014 11:41
Guest — Joan Byrne
Really enjoyed the post (as I do every Sunday) and enjoyed singing 'Walk on' while recumbent on the sofa. Thank you!
Sunday, 02 February 2014 15:51
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THE SHAPE OF THE POEM ON THE PAGE

After close reading of about 1500 poems, all shapes and sizes, you start to think about shape and shaping a lot.

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Guest — Tim Love
I'll try to constrain myself to just a few comments * "Some people take a perfectly normal poem shape and make it look like a pap... Read More
Sunday, 26 January 2014 12:38
Guest — Nell Nelson
The interesting thing, it seems to me, is that the default shape for prose is effectively no shape at all because we're so used to... Read More
Sunday, 26 January 2014 15:30
Guest — Antony Mair
Your deconstruction and reassembly of Hardy's "little" poem was rather like someone taking a sledgehammer to a carriage clock and ... Read More
Monday, 27 January 2014 14:29
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EXPLODING POEMS

Sometimes poems are time bombs.

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Guest — Hilary Menos
love this
Sunday, 19 January 2014 11:32
Guest — Davina
Thank you for reminding me of Lorna's poem - and, indeed, the whole pamphlet. The many forms of dementia are all heart-breaking... Read More
Sunday, 19 January 2014 11:45
Guest — Gill Learner
This is very sad. It's also worrying because I pick up the red rubber bands. But I tell myself I do it because someone once told m... Read More
Sunday, 19 January 2014 16:13
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WHAT MAKES POEMS CLICK

If you read a lot of poems, most of them don’t.

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Guest — jim brown
Hi Nell, Hope all is well. Just looked up The cassia tree, more popularly known as the golden shower tree, is native to tropical A... Read More
Monday, 28 October 2013 14:31
Guest — Nell Nelson
Thanks Jim - yes I also looked it up.. It isn't clear, it seems, which tree the ancient poet would have been referring to because ... Read More
Monday, 28 October 2013 15:27
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POETRY WARS

My natural preference is for lyric.

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