Category Archives: Poetry

‘Mental Cases’ by Wilfred Owen: Writing the horror of shell shock in poetry

On Friday 21st March it was World Poetry Day. It is often one of those ‘days’ that passes people by, especially if they do not consider themselves a poetry lover. (I don’t think anyone truly dislikes poetry; they just haven’t … Continue reading

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In which Talking Books is ‘Blessed by Magpies’, and poet Paul Tobin

It has taken me a little while to post up my last Talking Books show. There are no excuses other than a few pressing deadlines and much time taken up with experimentation with a new way to manage my time….. … Continue reading

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Editing as the ‘last act’ of writing: Louise Bogan on taking words to heart

Poetry, for me, offers an opportunity to live within another’s thoughts as if they were my own. On this blog I have, from time to time, shared a poem that I have come across as I sit at my PC … Continue reading

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A Very Poetic Happy Christmas from No Wriggling & Talking Books!

Well – just two more sleeps till Christmas Day – why does the time pass so quickly when you are an adult, yet Christmas seems to take forever to arrive when you are a child? Even though our children are … Continue reading

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The 31st October is not just Hallowe’en – Happy Birthday John Keats…

218 years ago today a wonderful Romantic poet (who still unites and interests the literary world) was born. So for John Keats’ birthday AND for Hallowe’en,  I give you this chilling fragment… This living hand, now warm and capable Of … Continue reading

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On World Mental Health Day – Dandelions, Depression & Desperate marketing

(Please note – this is not just a sales pitch for a great cause! I include some poems to add value so bear with me…..) I am proud to say that today is the first anniversary of the publication of … Continue reading

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Poetry Please! – Paul Mortimer guests on Talking Books, with Yeats, Keats, Duffy et al

Well, no surprises – my most recent Talking Books show on 10Radio was one of my favourites. For a change, I hosted a poetry request show, with Devon poet Paul Mortimer who read his own work and poems that listeners, … Continue reading

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What does it mean to dream? On Victorian thoughts & the 21st century soul…

Whilst on holiday in Suffolk a few weeks ago I bought a small book at a second-hand stall at the market in the lovely little town of Framlingham. Called The Victorian Book of Dreams, it is clearly a forerunner of … Continue reading

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‘Life is too much like a pathless wood’ – Is this the poem for our times?

I have been in a funny mood recently. As people who read this blog will know I don’t need to be in an odd frame of mind to read poetry; but there are times when it speaks to me with … Continue reading

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The most beautiful words ever written?

I have been on my own for two days. The family is away being athletic – not a talent I can share with them. So who could I turn to for company but John Keats? Yesterday I re-read Isabella: or … Continue reading

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