Useful links

I sometimes add links to blogs but realised it would also be  useful to have them plus others on a single page.   They will be added to when I get  a round tuit (as they say) and no doubt may fall off over time.  Most will have links to other sites.   This ought to be a page not a post but it is a start.  Also havent yet checked the links work.  (Oh the shame of amateurism versus enthusiasm).  Many offer similar items such as poetical form but always the one you want.  Usually have examples, which is useful

There are thousands of sites and here but a sample………its a copy of a page so links may not be current….. checking in progress……

All UK based (as far as aware)  unless country noted e.g. USA

Alliance of Literary Societies         For blogs, information and Newsletters covering a wide range of societies, events etc.

blackbox manifold          Current poems and poets, online mag.  Uni. Sheffield site.

enotes .com          USA              A site for students and teachers.  Can be useful as a quick double/check on people and terms.      For full service there is a subscription.

Friends of Dymock Poets      Covers an area of beautiful countryside which attracted poets to live and visit, specifically supporting:  Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Wilfrid Gibson, Edward Thomas          Regular articles and reviews from this Guardian site.

Ivor Gurney Society           Composer and poet:  often considered a war poet (WW1) but he considered music and song as his priority.

John Clare Society      John Clare possibly positioned himself as a ‘peasant poet’  for public consumption of the day.  He wrote a huge amount of poetry and natural history notes.   It is now possible to visit Clare’s Cottage in Helpston.   Other good sites on him exist.

literature Wales                     Focused interest, I first looked for inf. on Alun Rees

Michael Rosen Blog                As it says.  Many interesting items, views, ideas and methodology from a much respected writer, poet, educationalist.

National Poetry Day             Part of Forward Arts Foundation, see site for full range.

Poetry Book Society              Founded in 1953 by T.S. Eliot and friends

Poetry Society                         Join to connect to around UK poetry scene

Poetry Foundation                USA:  ‘Putting poetry into American culture’.  Publish online poetry magazine.

Poem Hunter                          USA:        As it says; good way of finding poets and poems of all description.  Includes audio poems.

PoetryID                                 North Herts poetry group, linked to Poetry Society.  Regular  meetings and events.

Poetrypf                                 North London based group  Regular events  and listing of current poets and poems.

Robert Bloomfield Society      poet 1766-1823.  author of  The Farmer’s Boy (not sure if still active)

Shadow Poetry                         USA:  Another useful site, covering many styles of poetry with examples plus other writing resources.

The Victorian Web                 Not specifically poetry but a superb site for literature and history et al of the Victorian period

The War Poets Association      UK:   A good listing of names and work of War Poets plus relevant events and comments.  Not restricted to  era.   Seems a reasonably new site and likely to be another.  Pleased to see Vernon Scannell listed.


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‘Annie’, a girl and her dog

I am today including a beautiful little poem by Alexandra Middlemas  (10 Yrs).  Although I hesitated about putting her age initially, the poem is so good  that is exactly the reason I did:  The poem is delightful, complete and so well written this reader immediately saw the scene as described  A brief scene but full of happiness, love and yes, sunlight, of a child and her dog.

I scanned the page it came on because it showed that little extra care and attention to presentation as well as word selection, but I could not get the image clean for the page.(sorry)    The image is left and the poem below.



Sniffs, licks her lips

Eyes glazing with happiness

Darting in and out of the long grass

Rolling in the daises

Flops down

Tongue lolling

Panting heavily

Blinks, sneezes,

Butterflies flying around her

Birds tweeting

Sighs, closes

Her eyes

“Annie” I call

Her name sounding light

And feathery in the fresh air

She lifts herself up

To come and lick me

With her rough tongue

Her beautiful eyelashes

Blinking heavily in the sunlight

Her gentle and pretty face

Outlined in the bright sun

Her tail thumping on the dewy grass


by Alexandra Middlemas


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