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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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HOW TO READ A POEM

Perhaps you do it differently. I can’t know. I only know what I do.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE AT A POETRY FESTIVAL AND YOU ARE NOT

Easy. Here’s a festival I made earlier.

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Guest — Brigid Sivill
Oh brilliant! I am not going to mourn the readings and happenings any more. I will make my own festival whenever I feel lonely i... Read More
Sunday, 15 November 2015 12:33
Guest — pippa little
You are a treasure, Helena Nelson! What a splendid idea! Thank you for your choices (Tom Duddy's own reading most of all, Marina... Read More
Sunday, 15 November 2015 16:13
Guest — Charlotte Gann
Thanks from me too. A feast! Much enjoyed...
Sunday, 15 November 2015 16:28
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What is poetry FOR?

That was the question I couldn’t answer.

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Guest — jenny galton-fenzi
This is not profound: poetry cheers me up in the small hours. Your Izal story reminded me of the Robert Herrick pc you sent me o... Read More
Sunday, 20 September 2015 17:11
Guest — Frances Corkey Thompson
Nell, one of your throwaway lines in this blog is haunting me: "the precise and beautiful edge between life and death where readin... Read More
Sunday, 20 September 2015 17:39
Guest — Nell
Thank you both. The readiness is plagiarized from Hamlet. That's why it's so good. ... Read More
Sunday, 20 September 2015 18:29
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THE LAST TRICK

I was in Galway last week launching Tom Duddy’s ‘The Years’. But the author wasn't there.

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Guest — Antony Mair
Lovely poem. My order follows!
Sunday, 30 March 2014 20:50
Guest — Gill McEvoy
Antony, you won't be disappointed: I want all my poetry friends to read this book. It is, genuinely, exceptional! I have read the... Read More
Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:54
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PUBLISHING DEAD POETS

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,  
But sad mortality o'ersways their power,  
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,  
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?

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Guest — Gill McEvoy
I have already bought and read, several times, this posthumous collection of Tom Duddy's work. His way of saying things, simple th... Read More
Sunday, 02 March 2014 12:47
Guest — Mary Wight
Qualities such as integrity, humility, humour, authenticity, empathy, risking, doubt and an unending curiosity are everywhere when... Read More
Sunday, 02 March 2014 22:14
Ingrid Murray
I didn't realise about the ineligibility for prizes if the poet is dead. I think this should be allowed if it is a completely new... Read More
Monday, 03 March 2014 09:44
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