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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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I ALWAYS THOUGHT . . .

I always thought Arvon courses were things other people did.

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Guest — penelope shuttle
What a fabulous evocation of Totleigh! I'm headed there in mid-November, can hardly wait! x
Sunday, 29 September 2013 12:19
Guest — Annie
The 'oaken voices' is lovely; it occurred to me, after I read this, that just as you can insert anything in English (and probably ... Read More
Sunday, 29 September 2013 15:46
Guest — Nell Nelson
Penny, I am already jealous. Annie, I am falling about again. You are very funny. It's a gift. ... Read More
Sunday, 29 September 2013 16:34
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TRADITION AND THE INDIVIDUAL TALONS

Yes, it’s TALENT. I know.

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Guest — Antony Mair
A nice riff, but in some ways the Eliot essay is a red herring. The word "talent" only appears in the heading, and it would proba... Read More
Monday, 05 August 2013 11:32
Guest — Nell Nelson
Thanks Antony -- I am fond of herrings, the redder the better. It is not a new situation to feel more people are writing than read... Read More
Monday, 05 August 2013 12:34
Guest — Antony Mair
Shortly after your response, I came across John Heath-Stubbs' poem "The Frog and the Nightingale", which seems apposite - Hearing... Read More
Monday, 05 August 2013 14:39
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ARE YOUR POEMS RANK AMATEURS, OR TRUE PROFESSIONALS?

It’s a trouble-making question.

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Guest — Antony Mair
Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? and I suspect it might be. Like you, though infinitely less eminent in the poetry world,... Read More
Sunday, 23 June 2013 11:22
Guest — Nell Nelson
Also, you're not an American poet, I think, so . . . All mine but one were minusses. I am a true amateur.
Sunday, 23 June 2013 14:11
Guest — Antony Mair
On that basis, I'm just wondering whether they haven't put the mechanism in reverse, which would restore both yours and mine to th... Read More
Sunday, 23 June 2013 20:54
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WHY ANON IS BEST

Anon is, with considerable justification, the most famous of them all. But many names cling to anonymous coat-tails.

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Guest — Jenny Galton-Fenzi
Thank you for the reminder of the power of ballads, however they came about. 'Long Lankin' is the one that makes my hair stand o... Read More
Sunday, 16 June 2013 22:32
Guest — Nell Nelson
I don't know 'Long Lankin' at all, Jenny. Send a link! ( A link to Lankin). ... Read More
Sunday, 16 June 2013 22:57
Guest — jenny galton-fenzi
Sorry, I don't know how to do that! There's a Youtube of Steeleye Span singing it. 'Beware the moss, beware the moor, beware of Lo... Read More
Monday, 17 June 2013 10:08
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