Category Archives: Various

Poems for April

Poems for April. April may have been overtaken by May and Spring is now sliding into Summer so apologies for being a laggard.  Or maybe I can claim to be presumptious for 2018!   Another small selection for the seasons covering  … Continue reading

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Poets Laureate: A Wordsearch!!!! whatever next!

Originally tucked into an old post.     Here it is in solitary splendour!  Too easy, no doubt.  

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A trio of Thistles: three poems by three poets

Thistles                                                                       by John Clare        1793- 1864 Where the broad sheep walk bare and brown With scant grass pining … Continue reading

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For a Late October Evening…okay……Hallowe’en!!

October Evening                                           J Johnson Smith The moon creeps through the glimmering autumn mist to hang, a wolf’s eye, scarred by baring branches that loom overhead as a net to catch the fall.   The dark crowd stands around, silently akimbo … Continue reading

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visiting Milton’s Cottage

Well, last weekend I was visiting Clare’s Cottage at Helpston and five days later I visited Milton’s Cottage in Chalfont St Giles. Two cottages, two poets, almost two centuries apart but each has a cottage they lived in preserved for … Continue reading

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Visiting the John Clare Festival 2016

At Helpston: organised by the John Clare Society  http://johnclaresociety.blogspot.co.uk/ The ‘Midsummer Cushion’ tradition is now continued the nearest weekend to Clare’s birthday when the John Clare Society hold their festival three-day weekend in his honour. These days the ‘cushions are … Continue reading

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T S Eliot Prize: Winner for 2015…. and the Winner is………

Sarah Howe     with   Loop of Jade     Just announced, Sarah Howe is the winner of the 2015 TSEliot Prize with her first  published collection. She is presented with a cheque for  20,000 pounds.  The winning author and collection was announced this … Continue reading

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