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What makes a successful poet?

Or should I put it another way: what makes a poet successful?

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Guest — Maggie Sawkins
When I won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry in 2014 there was a little glow in my heart for about a year. That's faded ... Read More
Sunday, 22 January 2017 12:50
Guest — Lizzie
Thank you so much for this reminder that there are more than one ways to skin a poem and be a poet.
Sunday, 22 January 2017 14:13
Guest — Nell Nelson
Lizzie, I read this as more than one way to skin a poet -- which also true. Though no skinning today, thank goodness...
Sunday, 22 January 2017 16:13
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Reining in the high horse

Do you say ‘weep’ ever – except inside a poem?

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Guest — Antony Mair
Yes, yes, yes. A couple of others: "beneath" instead of "under" and "within" instead of "inside".
Sunday, 15 January 2017 12:02
Guest — Chris Hardy
Weep: my father, who died aged 92 in 2013 - used to use 'weep' whenever he talked about 'crying'. He came from a mining family in ... Read More
Sunday, 15 January 2017 15:59
Guest — Ruth Aylett
I do use weep in ordinary life occasionally for that state where tears come out of the eyes without any scrunching of the face or ... Read More
Sunday, 15 January 2017 16:39
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Verbs leaning through the window and other coincidences

The coincidences in the poems sent in to me during the December window ARE uncanny.

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Gill Learner
Oh dear. I'd better have look at a number of last lines!
Saturday, 07 January 2017 12:12
Marcia Menter
Sunday mornings I'd read Nell's blog feel gifted, if slightly foxed have no egrets. Blimey! It's Saturday!... Read More
Saturday, 07 January 2017 14:31
Guest — Frances Corkey Thompson
I think Seamus Heaney started 'heft' - definitely a Heaney word. I've used it myself when feeling like a real poet. Therefore I ha... Read More
Saturday, 07 January 2017 14:50
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Rodents through the window

Forget horses. Today it is wasps and rats.

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On windows and stacking

Yes, it's a new year but I'm still reading poems from the old window.

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Guest — Stephen Parr
Dear Nell: I really think it's time you had a good rest. Preferably with lots of cake. I've stopped sending you poems because I ju... Read More
Monday, 02 January 2017 17:56
Guest — Nell Nelson
You're quite right to pull me up for moaning, Stephen. I really didn't mean to. It's just guilt about all the people to whom I hav... Read More
Monday, 02 January 2017 18:37
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How (not) to begin a poem

Thoughts from the reading window.  

The first three or four lines of a poem are make-or-break territory.

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Guest — Frances Corkey Thompson
I was hooked. Love the 'disappointed fish'. Some metaphors enjoy being overwrought. Happy frying! And Happy Christmas!... Read More
Sunday, 18 December 2016 10:27
Douglas Hall
I've been in a war of attrition with a poem since May 2012; its latest incarnation begins: ''While more recent memories start to... Read More
Sunday, 18 December 2016 11:04
Guest — Nell Nelson
Douglas -- you made me laugh!
Sunday, 18 December 2016 11:09
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