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ARE THEMED POETRY COLLECTIONS BEST?

Maybe. It worked for Sharon Olds, for example, with Stag’s Leap, winner of this year’s T S Eliot prize.

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Guest — Pete Armetta
Seriously I do think ANY poetry collection has to have some kind of theme, whether obvious or nuanced. There has to be a thread or... Read More
Sunday, 28 April 2013 11:04
Guest — Mazrilyn
Once again, thank you for this Happenstance - it has answered a lot of unanswered, pondering questions.
Sunday, 28 April 2013 11:07
Guest — Rennie Parker
I find over-constructed thematic collections very irritating. I don't want to read 50 poems about someone's divorce, for instance.... Read More
Sunday, 28 April 2013 17:29
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TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG?

And is there a blogjam? Probably, yes.

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Guest — Robin Houghton
Thanks for this - I came to you from Kim Moore's tweet stream - another serendipitous happening in the blogosphere! I agree that ... Read More
Monday, 15 April 2013 16:41
Guest — Nell Nelson
What a lovely comment, Robin. I couldn't agree more.
Monday, 15 April 2013 17:05
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THE SPACE BETWEEN THE STANZAS

This is cheating. I am really thinking about StAnza.

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WHAT STICKS IN THE MIND

I couldn’t even remember at first which poem it came from — it was the image that stuck.

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Guest — Clare Best
I've always been a great fan of WH Davies. Beautiful image this, no wonder it stays with you, and recurs. Thank you for the post N... Read More
Sunday, 03 March 2013 11:10
Guest — Elly
I want to keep the "little things with beating hearts" image close to me too. Thanks. Great post.
Sunday, 03 March 2013 13:18
Guest — jenny galton-fenzi
I often think there should be a name for this - perhaps there is? - when the thing that lingers in your mind is not the main exper... Read More
Monday, 04 March 2013 17:09
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‘A BEAUTIFUL OIL PAINTING THE FIRST TIME YOU TRY’

Do you remember the smell? The redolence of the little tubes of ‘oil paint’?

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Guest — Davina
Not only do I remember the smell of the paint but I have been to an exhibition of paintings made from numbered kits - in the Nat... Read More
Sunday, 24 February 2013 12:16
Guest — Remo
Oil Painting is fascinating. I still remember my first oil paint which was not perfect, although had managed to reach the walls of... Read More
Saturday, 21 December 2013 07:09
Guest — Antony Mair
How refreshing to hear a sensible approach to villanelles - and how refreshing to reread some of Pope's best lines! I got into tr... Read More
Sunday, 24 February 2013 13:06
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THE DEEP HEART'S CORE

Poems by heart. Should we?

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Guest — Tim Love
In the Times Higher last year, Chris Jones (University of St Andrews) reviewed "Heart Beats: Everyday Life and the Memorized Poem"... Read More
Sunday, 10 February 2013 12:01
Guest — Annie
I adore that poem, Nell! It’s one of a number I memorised for the pure pleasure of it when I was about sixteen. Making children me... Read More
Sunday, 10 February 2013 12:32
Guest — jenny galton-fenzi
I don't find it easy to memorize whole poems, but the odd lines that hook themselves in are important too. I never stand in a fish... Read More
Monday, 18 February 2013 09:25
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