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Poems I read in 2019

Poems that I have read in 2019: Poems marked with ★ are ones I particularly enjoyed. The Stairs at Korcula by William Bronk (Selected Poems). On Credo Ut Intelligans by William Bronk (Selected Poems). ★ ★ Grain of her Voice by Susan Wardell (Landfall 235). ★ The Beekeepers by Ruth Corkill (Landfall 235). ★ ★ […]

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Poems I read in 2018

Poems that I have read in 2018: Ogre by Emma Neale (Spark). Spell by Emma Neale (Spark). Lucky dip by Emma Neale (Spark). Renewal by Emma Neale (Spark). Going to sleep by Emma Neale (Spark). Ride to Banburry Cross by Emma Neale (Spark). Mirror by Emma Neale (Spark). The science fair by Emma Neale (Spark). […]

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Eating poems

At the end of the poetry anthology Sinners Welcome by Mary Karr there is an essay by the author in which she discusses part of her journey of faith and the role of poetry in that journey. From reading it I realised how shallow my own experience of poetry is and that while setting out […]

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The click of a sundial

Billy Collins is one of my favourite poets, his poems are easy to read yet often contain surprising views of everyday experiences. I have recently started reading his book Picnic, lightning which was published in 1998. Yesterday morning I read the poem Picnic, lightning and loved the final stanza: and all I hear is the […]

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Poetry Reading

Poems I have read

A few years ago (in October 2013) I began a challenge to read 1001 poems in 1001 days. Unfortunately I did not complete the challenge within that time frame but it did start me on a good habit of consuming a poem or two for breakfast and sometimes also for lunch or a snack in […]

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Bringing a daughter back from the brink with poems

A beautiful article about how a Mom put poems in her daughter’s shoes when she was going through a period of despair: Before she went to school in the morning, I wanted her to read the poem “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver that talks about not having to be good and not having to walk […]

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A Dog on his Master

As young as I look, I am growing older faster than he, Seven to one is the ratio they tend to say. Whatever the number, I will pass him one day and take the lead the way I do on our walks in the woods. And if this ever manages to cross his mind, it […]

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Stepping into silence

Stepping from the din of musak and milk frothers, clatter of cups and kitchen, into the grey chill of George Street. A silent stream of people glide in either direction, momentarily mute slipping on into their lives. Then staccato pips of a crossing signal, roar of a bus, several cars and a small truck, intrude themselves […]