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Lorna Goodison: ‘I am becoming my mother’, a closer look

I am becoming my mother        By Lorna Goodson   Yellow/brown woman Fingers smelling always of onions   My mother raises rare blooms and waters them with tea her birth waters sang like rivers my mother is now me.   My … Continue reading

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Poetry by Jeffrey Wainwright and Ruth Padel’s 52 Ways of looking at a poem

Two books I have now lined up, should I read them both at the same time?  Or which one first?   I think its heads or tails time: I have not checked out current availability of either.   I like Ruth Padel’s … Continue reading

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Of Corfe

Of  Corfe In my recessed mind I see the layout of the station. Platform perched before a backdrop of stone-blocked, Empty-windowed ticket hall and waiting room. The lines, rusted brown but silver stripe atop Sneaking ahead passed a short, stubby … Continue reading

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Odd and a poem, with a little light j.Johnson Smith

Poem                                                                   28/7/15 A poet said to me  ‘the way to write, is to bring to light the germ of the idea using adjectives and verb to round the poem out but then to seer, excise, wipe-out the non- essential words … Continue reading

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Guy Butler: Stranger To Europe, Poems 1939 to 1949

Published by A.A. Balkema. Capetown       1952                  23 poems Guy Butler 1918 – 2001 Another rummage for old poetry books, this time in a charity shop and I found this title tucked away, also a selection by John Pudney, maybe more … Continue reading

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Andrew Motion: A Graph Review

Andrew Motion: Natural Causes (Chatto Poetry 1987) Love in a Life     (faber & faber 1991) A Graph Review: 50 with high points 70 Two books, several years apart.  The first published some 25 years ago and the other four years … Continue reading

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Edward Thomas: ‘Adlestrop’

A couple of months ago  (by the time of writing but may now be lost into the digital memory of BBC Radio 4) I heard a straightforward repeat of a programme made some years earlier.  (of course I took no … Continue reading

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