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SQUANDERING YOUR WEALTH ON POEMS

Ah yes, well. Please buy some HappenStance pamphlets. You know you want them. Sigh.

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Guest — Tim Love
You could try to kill 2 birds with one stone and offer a free mag with each happenstance purchase. I guess postage would mount up ... Read More
Sunday, 31 July 2011 10:36
Guest — jim brown
Perhaps a box set of back issues, or a compilation box of recent publications may not be a bad idea. It doesn't have to be in a ph... Read More
Sunday, 31 July 2011 14:21
Guest — Guestparker
You could give them to health centre waiting rooms or university libraries. The place I work in has a borrow-it shelf while visito... Read More
Friday, 05 August 2011 17:24
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UNDER

I woke up thinking about a poem. For some reason, it isn’t well known, though I can’t think why not.

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Guest — john smart
The strangest of Squire's poems. Betjeman, who did the Collected Poems was puzzled.
Saturday, 03 February 2018 16:59
Guest — Nell
He might well have been puzzled! I think it's a dream poem. But that's not to say it doesn't have troubling meaning.
Saturday, 03 February 2018 17:40
Guest — George Simmers
I'm a Squire fan. His Collected Poems is full of unexpected things, like 'The Stockyard', a terrific description of meat-processi... Read More
Monday, 04 July 2011 16:50
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NOT FOR AMBITION OR BREAD

Poets should only be allowed to publish as many poems as they can learn by heart.

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Guest — Fiona Sinclair
I wish I could remember poetry as I did in my teens. I've still a residual memory of bits of 'Macbeth' for O' level. And during mt... Read More
Sunday, 26 June 2011 17:24
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POMOPHOBIA IS NORMAL

I teach loads of adult students who loathe poetry. Sometimes I hate it more than they do. I look at books of it piling up around me and I feel sick. I feel like the miller’s daughter locked in a room of straw without the faintest hope of Rumpelstiltskin.

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Guest — Rosie Miles
Poetrophobia? Versophobia? Pomophobia [n.]. (1) The fear of, and irrational prejudice against, reading poems that are the same ... Read More
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 18:37
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SCHOOL KILLS POETRY

I can't stand Visiting Hour by Norman MacCaig. Marking school work has killed it for me. Too many nostrils bobbing down too many corridors in too many MacCaiging essays.

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Imogen Forster
I found after 15 years of teaching that school killed any love of literature in me. Reading, writing, theatre all became a busman'... Read More
Sunday, 13 March 2011 12:26
Guest — ivy wild
I had never even read a book until I was 38 and as for poetry I can't get enough. I write too, but only for me. When the feeling ... Read More
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 10:04
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