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How personal should poems get?

It’s a sort of spectrum. At one end – the safe end – there’s persona (Robert Browning – ‘My Last Duchess’).

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Guest — Elizabeth Barrett
I really enjoyed this Nell. And I have really enjoyed reading (and re-reading) Flame which arrived in your package this week. It i... Read More
Sunday, 29 May 2016 10:54
Guest — Angela Topping
Hear hear! One of the reasons I have to write poetry it to interrogate memory. Another is to understand human experience, starting... Read More
Sunday, 29 May 2016 10:56
Marcia Menter
Brilliant. The thing is, you can only write the poems you can write. So you'd better make them true. Viva vividness!
Sunday, 29 May 2016 13:39
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SHUTTING THE READER OUT

There are poems that won’t let me in. Not enough room.

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Guest — Eleanor
Yes, and there are also poetry events which don't invite the listener in, or not in a good way - and probably ones where you're in... Read More
Sunday, 23 November 2014 11:55
Guest — Gill Learner
I guess, I hope, that doesn't apply to the Stanza festival?!
Sunday, 23 November 2014 15:25
Guest — Nell Nelson
It never applies to StAnza. Infinitely welcoming and heartwarming. ... Read More
Sunday, 23 November 2014 15:54
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WHY IT’S SO HARD TO SLEEP IN THESE DAYS . . .

The “first fine careless rapture” is startlingly loud just now. And it’s not the first.

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Elizabeth Barrett
Nell thank you for your confession. I also struggle to identify and distinguish between bird song (and bird calls which are appare... Read More
Sunday, 01 June 2014 10:51
Guest — Nell Nelson
Elizabeth Barrett, you are so RIGHT! And thank you.
Sunday, 01 June 2014 11:01
Guest — Antony Mair
I was at a wonderful reading by Paul Muldoon at Charleston Festival the other day - we were in a marquee and the birds were chatte... Read More
Monday, 02 June 2014 11:33
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FIXING BROKEN POEMS

'Un poème n'est jamais fini, seulement abandonné. A poem is never finished, only abandoned.' Paul Valéry

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Guest — Elizabeth Barrett
Lovely Valery quote! I'm a bit like Plath in so far as if I can't get a table I'll settle for a chair (I think that's the way Hug... Read More
Monday, 17 February 2014 07:30
Guest — Nell
Oh I do agree, Elizabeth. When poems come back, I see them with fresh eyes and sometimes it's precisely that process that kicks th... Read More
Monday, 17 February 2014 10:22
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WHY POETS NEED MORE BOUNCE

Whose bicentenary was on 7th May this very year?

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Guest — Rennie Parker
I'm a Browning fan, he's fab, the characters really leap off the page. Odd how he's underrated now, same with Matthew Arnold. I ad... Read More
Sunday, 21 October 2012 21:39
Guest — George
You mention Browning's owl, but not Elizabeth's dog, Flush. She tried to teach the dog to read - I'm not sure with what success.... Read More
Monday, 22 October 2012 07:08
Guest — Nell Nelson
No, I didn't mention the dog. It didn't learn to read, no. But in any case, the owl was long long after both Flush and Elizabeth w... Read More
Monday, 22 October 2012 13:51
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