Archive for May, 2016

Guest Poet, Suzannah Evans

May 30, 2016

Roy Marshall

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Suzannah Evans is a poet, creative writing teacher, tutor and mentor based in Sheffield.

Her poetry has been widely published in magazines including Magma, The Rialto, The North, Poetry Review and The London Magazine. 

Her pamphlet Confusion Species was a winner in the 2011 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition, and in 2013 she received the Andrew Waterhouse Award from New Writing North.

She has taught courses for The Poetry School and workshops for Museums Sheffield, Leeds Museums and at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery at Leeds University. She has also been mentoring poets to develop their work since 2013. She also works as  Production Manager for The Poetry Business, which is where I first met her during a writing day I attended in around 2011. I subsequently had the great pleasure of meeting up for a few coffees and poetry chats with Suzannah at Sheffield Hallam University…

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Day 335 – The Irrational Robot Prompt

May 30, 2016

Feature Blog Friday – The Travelling Singh

May 30, 2016

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This week, read about The Travelling Singh, a passionate travel blogger who provides extra insight for Sikhs who want to travel. From Peru to Thailand, he is exploring the world one step at a time. The following are definitely worth a read: Machu Picchu, Peru, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Why BREXIT matters to travellers and 5 things I loved about Vietnam.
Name: The Travelling Singh

IMG_5340Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

IMG_3157Amritsar, India

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

 I’m a British Sikh in my twenties, born and raised in the Midlands but currently based out of London. I was raised in a (first world) poor family by a single mom so I didn’t start going on holidays until I started work and could pay for them myself, but as soon as I made that first trip alone, I was…

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On living and working in Y Gogs

May 30, 2016

Found Poetry

May 29, 2016

The Poetry Shed

scissorsFound poetry is all about taking text from one source, perhaps an un-poetic one, such as a newspaper, instruction manual, or recipe, or a literary source such as a novel, and using them to create a poem. At one end of the spectrum the poet keeps all the words and the order, but adds their own line breaks, or they might add additional words and change the order. At the other end, the poet might harvest material which they quote within their own poems.

 Noted and quoted famous poets took text from other sources and put them into their poems: Ezra Pound used official documents in parts of The Cantos, and Eliot included material from Shakespearean theatre and Greek mythology in The Waste Land. Evelyn Waugh took the title for his 1934 novel, A Handful of Dust straight from The Waste Land:

                                               
“And I will show you something…

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Two poems from Michael Brown

May 29, 2016

The Poetry Shed

Aerodrome

It crops up in some out-of-date stuff
and I want to give it the time of day.
Year 9. Lesson 5. A word writhes

and fidgets to be up and off the page,
mothballed to some vague, undefined space.
They don’t want to know.

I contextualise, draw a diagram.
They watch the clock from half-closed eyes.
I try to catch myself in full flight,

hold on to that sepia note,
its stifled Greek root,
something out of mind.



Beginner’s Lore
After Nimue

She’s learned a thing or two from him.
I wonder at her self-absorption, her lack
of tact . But now she’s got a taste for this.

I want her wildfire spell, her body’s
dialect. That flow. She’s quick
but not quite yet on top of it —

a child still to think her skill apart.
She’s got Merlin where she wants him:
mesmerised. Takes in what she…

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Monet’s Lilies by Monica Suswin

May 29, 2016

The Poetry Shed

MONET’S LILIES

If I was not fascinated with this flow
of human-kind shuffling their startling
display of foot-wear which keep the plump,
the spindly, the squat and rakish tall on the move.
All these bodies with an astounding array of head-size

makes me wonder how neural pathways
branch out and filter all this information
inside each individual skull safe-guarding
a mass of soft tissue as eyes fix more often
to a bright screen than a painting

glowing. If I could gaze at these lilies
for sixty seconds without this juggernaut
of a side-show or better still if I was in Giverny
in summer looking over to that Japanese foot-bridge

or perhaps if I was there in 1916 en plein air
watching the portly white-suited artist daubing,
daubing his brush, his palette of colour,
daubing light onto canvas. If I could look

and lose myself in shades of green, strokes of…

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Maria Taylor.Where ideas can go…

May 29, 2016

Roy Marshall

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Maria Taylor was born in 1978 and is a poet, reviewer and author of short stories. She is Greek Cypriot in origin and was raised in London before moving to the midlands. Her poetry has been widely published in magazines including The North, The Rialto, Iota and New Walk. Maria’s reviews have appeared in the TLS and Sphinx. She is co-editor of Hearing Voices magazine, and she has taught and mentored a number of young poets including Jessica Mayhew who was recently shortlisted for the Melita Hume poetry prize.

Her debut collection Melanchrini (Nine Arches Press, 2012) has received praise from David Morley and Peter Sansom among others, and was recently shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize.

Hi Maria. Congratulations on the short-listing of  your book. I thought it was one of the best publications of last year. Your poems have been described as confident and assured, but…

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The Eagle, Cambridge

May 28, 2016

One of my favourite pubs in Cambridge though I did not manage to visit The Eagle on my recent Short Break.

Pints and Pubs

Eagle cigarette card 1939

The Eagle claims to be one of Cambridge’s oldest inns; Greene King dates it back to the 14th century. Jonathan Weiner’s Long for This World says a tavern stood here in the year 1353, “with beer for three gallons a penny”. Earlier still there may have been a pilgrim’s hostel on the site. A chalkboard inside the pub reads ‘serving Cambridge since 1525’. This may refer to the date the land was bequeathed to Corpus Christi.

The Eagle stands on an area of Saxon occupation from c. 8th century, opposite the oldest building in Cambridgeshire, the late Saxon stone church tower of St Bene’t’s church which dates from around 1025.

26th March 1566

What is certain is that records from Corpus Christi College record the lease, on 26 March 1566, of a “new build, called the Egle and the chyld” for 40 years at an annual rent of £3 6s…

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Something about Frank O’Hara

May 27, 2016

Roy Marshall

A couple of years ago I read and enjoyed Frank O’Hara’s ‘Lunch poems’ for the first time.

Lunch poems

Intrigued, I looked up details of O’Hara’s life and discovered that he was active in the New York art world of the 1950’s, working as a reviewer for the journal Artnews. In 1960, he became assistant curator of painting and sculpture exhibitions for the Museum of Modern art. O’Hara was also friends with artists such as Williem de Kooning, Norman Bluhm, Larry Rivers and Joan Mitchell.

Around the time I was reading O’Hara, I came across an article about abstract art. The writer recounted a scene from around the turn of the millennium in which a discussion took place about who made the first abstract art. Unfortunately I can remember neither the scource of the article nor the writer’s name. The poem below began by using detail from the text, so it’s partially a ‘found…

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