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Just Read – Week 1 in review

Attention Conservation Notice: Thoughts on the 14 poems I read last week as part of the JustRead readathon, including poems by Jennifer Maiden, Harry Hooton, Ted Hughes, Les Murray, Gig Ryan, Klare Lanson & Elizabeth Barrett Browning. I liked most

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June. July. Just Read.

And speaking of Jane Rawson, for the next two months I’ve signed up to read for charity as part of her JustRead fundraiser. The idea is that I read things and people donate money to the incredibly important and valuable

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Poemix: Solo Flight

Words by me. Pictures by the amazing Shags.

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Attoreview: Patricia Lockwood – Balloon Pop Outlaw Black

The cartoon reaches deep into a pocket, deep into a hole in the pocket, into “hammerspace”, and retrieves a huge pair of scissors. His mother, who lives there, hands him what he needs. Touches the tips of his fingers. A

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Whitmore Press Poetry Prize Announced.

I just got the latest Whitmore Press newsletter, announcing Jill Jones and Tracy Ryan as the joint winners of this year’s Manuscript Prize and I gotta say I’m a little bemused. Let me say straight off the bat that I

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Why Do You Write Poetry? – John Tranter

Hot on the heels of the last of last year’s WDYWP answers, here’s the first for fourteen in the form of a seven-part answer from none other than Mister John Tranter himself (Yes, that John Tranter. I’m gonna call this

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Why Do You Write Poetry? – Initially NO

Way back in 2013 – remember 2013? – I rounded out the year with the final instalment of Why Do You Write Poetry, this time courtesy the enigmatic Initially NO. I won’t pre-empt or prĂ©cis the answer – just head

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