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CAN POETRY BE TOO OBSCURE?

Sometimes, obscurity exercises its own spell. It’s the bit you don’t understand that does the trick.

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Guest — MorganleFay
Hello, I am an English Literature student working on this poem as my term assignment, and while going through the internet (as wel... Read More
Thursday, 04 April 2013 20:40
Guest — Fiona Sinclair
Also Keith Richards wrote a version.
Sunday, 18 September 2011 18:20
Guest — Nell
Hi MorganleFay (great name) I have never heard of 'fragrant zone' for private parts. It sounds somehow terribly contemporary. To ... Read More
Thursday, 04 April 2013 22:00
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TOO OLD TO START WRITING POETRY?

Keats was dead at 25, Shelley at 29, Dylan Thomas at  39, Sylvia Plath at 30. Chatterton didn’t even make it to 18.

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SHOULD POETRY BE MORE COMPETITIVE?

Well, now. Until Saturday I would have said (nay, shouted) NO!

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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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