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Why Writing a Poem is Like Making Crab Apple Jelly

Each year the apples take longer to ripen than you remembered.

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Guest — Kim Whysall-Hammond
Thank you, that made me laugh out loud. So right and pertinent.
Sunday, 23 October 2016 12:25
Guest — Helen Ashley
Thank you for such wise words! I was wondering why so few of my "jars of crab apple jelly" were of such poor quality this year. I... Read More
Monday, 24 October 2016 09:36
Guest — Mark Carson
This year we tried fresh root ginger chopped finely, not too much. It is magical, utterly!
Sunday, 30 October 2016 23:12
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Robert Frost's 'Design' and 'The Rule of the Shorter Term'

After publishing Charlotte Gann’s book, Noir, I’ve started to think of noir poems as a genre — poems with shadows; poems that set up the dark/light opposition. Poems that expose.

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Guest — Davina Prince
An interesting poem and thank you for introducing it - and taking me back to Frost. I looked it up it in his Collected (my prefe... Read More
Sunday, 09 October 2016 10:58
Guest — Charlotte Gann
I love this, and I think it does all hinge (for me) on the 'desperate plea': 'What had that flower to do with being white'. That ... Read More
Sunday, 09 October 2016 13:04
Marcia Menter
Oh Star (the fairest one in sight), We grant your loftiness the right To some obscurity of cloud-- It will not do to say of night,... Read More
Sunday, 09 October 2016 14:47
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Why Arvon Works

There is a recipe, and it works.

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Guest — veronicabell
I wish I could go on one of these courses.
Saturday, 07 January 2017 15:25
Jane Wheeler
I have been on four, in the past two years, and they have been the best present I have ever given myself. you meet some lovely peo... Read More
Monday, 28 May 2018 18:42
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What you need to know about Po

I don't mean Li Po, though I might well have done. 

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Why is it so HARD?

Why is it so hard to do publicity?

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Guest — Rebecca GEthin
You make them all sound really intriguing and well, wonderful. Without having read them, you seem to have distilled an essence an... Read More
Sunday, 28 August 2016 15:18
Guest — Nell
Thank you, Rebecca, and HURRAY! The pills must be working. (I mean on me, not you.)
Sunday, 28 August 2016 15:27
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Blogging about Snagging

How long does it take to snag a poem? 

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Guest — Rachel
That is incredibly helpful, thank you. Especially the enjambement/pause point. It's so obvious but I don't think I've paid it enou... Read More
Sunday, 07 August 2016 15:28
Marcia Menter
I think you are entitled to some ice cream.
Sunday, 07 August 2016 18:19
Jane Wheeler
yes, incredibly helpful, as a recent recipient of some of this snagging I'm just bowled over by your generosity. hope you are gett... Read More
Friday, 12 August 2016 14:41
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