Hi everyone, Well, it’s the 26th of June and this is my first post of the month. No poems, no musings about films I’ve watched, no updates on anything. Truth is, I’ve been suffering from an intense lack of inspiration. When I look back to the beginning of the year, I was churning out poems […]Read more "Slow June – The Coma of my Creativity"
Hi everyone, The form I chose for this week’s poetry video was Rispetto; a short form comprised of 8 lines, 11 syllables each. The form is Italian as you might have guessed. It comes from the 14th and 15th Centuries, in Tuscany. The word rispetto means respect, so I decided to go with a more […]Read more "Break upon his Tomb – a rispetto"
Hi everyone, Another poem – this time it’s a triolet. This is a short 8-line stanza poem dating back to 13th Century France. the rhyme scheme is pretty easy to spot. It was done really well by Thomas Hardy when the form reached England in the 19th Century. I decided to write about the dust […]Read more "Dust Gathers – a triolet"
Hi everyone, I was doing another video for the school YouTube channel today; another poetry challenge. The form today was Naani. This is a South Indian form of poetry that dates back to the 11th Century. It’s very simple; 4 lines, 20-25 syllables. There are no other rules. The word means ‘one and all’ which […]Read more "A couple of Naani (or Naanis – I’m not sure)"
Hi there, I wrote the last villanelle as a demonstration of the form for a video I was going to do for the children in my school, but when I read it back I realised that it was far too dark and depressing for Primary School. That left me in the horrible position of having […]Read more "How I Wish – Another Virus Villanelle"
Hi everyone, I wanted to try this poetic form which I’ve never attempted before. It’s called a villanelle. It has quite a rigid structure and rhyme scheme with two lines that repeat throughout. The subject matter is probably familiar to you all. I was just thinking how to a lot of us, this is a […]Read more "Until the Day – A Virus Villanelle"
Hi everyone, If there is a Twin Peaks character who sums up 2020 so far, it has to be the reclusive Harold Smith, played so wonderfully by Lenny von Dohlen. I haven’t written any Twin Peaks poetry in a while, but I kept seeing his image pop up on social media and I was compelled […]Read more "Solitaire – a haiku sequence"
Hi everyone, Here begins an unusual adventure. The boy, my son, has been waiting patiently all throughout Reception for the chance to take home Engelbert the Elephant. Every child gets a turn and finally, his came! It would seem, however, that with the Government’s decision to close schools until further notice, Engelbert’s stay with us […]Read more "The Interminable Isolation of Engelbert"
Hi everyone, I’d like to present my latest poem, A Projection of a Man. It’s about the dangers of being obsessed and anxious with how we are seen by others to the point that we put everything on the surface and do not pay attention to the depths of ourselves. This is a ‘worst case […]Read more "A Projection of a Man – a poem"
Happy World Book Day everyone, Thought I’d share my costume from today at school. I decided to be Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, as it’s one of my favourite poems. Costume nice and easy – just yoga stuff. I had fun making my albatross (it’s always nice to challenge yourself with something you’re not very good at […]Read more "World Book Day 2020"