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by Tim Love
Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:04 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Is that it? (My last day).
Replies: 11
Views: 914

Re: Is that it? (My last day).

On the general point about voice, I've heard various opinions - Eavan Boland et al considers it more essential than ever that poets should discover "a real voice, a true voice". First find yourself, then you'll find your poetry. Others think that using the term "voice" rather than "style" identifies...
by Tim Love
Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Maps for Lost Things
Replies: 7
Views: 745

Re: Maps for Lost Things

I'm a bit confused about timings - when did they find the letter? When did she try to close the map? What moment does she remember - the chance discovery of the letter? Maybe the main narrative could use the present tense. The way I see it, after a hint of freedom she opened a letter then tried to f...
by Tim Love
Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Maps for Lost Things
Replies: 7
Views: 745

Re: Maps for Lost Things

Is there something I'm missing about "swift" water?
by Tim Love
Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: "The Voice" for writers
Replies: 2
Views: 659

Re: "The Voice" for writers

Try the Wikipedia page. Maybe a UK version with Prynne and Pam Ayres as judges?
by Tim Love
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:43 am
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: "The Voice" for writers
Replies: 2
Views: 659

"The Voice" for writers

RAI (roughly Italy's equivalent of the BBC) have a show called Masterpiece (like "The Voice" but for writers). My Italian's not good enough to know how good an idea this is. You can judge for yourself at the RAI site
by Tim Love
Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Born Again
Replies: 9
Views: 1053

Re: Born Again

Three quick points 1) the "agitation of … wave of … click of … reek of … grasp of" repetition nagged after a while. 2) Though it says "How could I forget myself so completely", the poem doesn't really convey the sentiment of self-forgetting by showing it. I guess that's ok. 3) Are all those linebrea...
by Tim Love
Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Imagination
Replies: 9
Views: 857

Re: Imagination

I liked it, though I had trouble parsing "In all these half ignored sense objects what is present can have meaning". I think it's alluding to objects apprehended by the senses (i.e. "sense objects") but "objects" could nearly be read as a verb - e.g. it could be read as "In all these [cases], sense ...
by Tim Love
Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:05 am
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: The value of the avant garde
Replies: 1
Views: 495

Re: The value of the avant garde

I think many 20th century avant garde movements could be viewed as normalized eccentricities/symptoms. Then those avant garde ideas become part of the mainstream. In Madness and Modernism Sass looks at connections between artistic movements and mental conditions. Here are some extracts "[in postmode...
by Tim Love
Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Carcanet discounts
Replies: 18
Views: 2908

Re: Carcanet discounts

I couldn't get in the Goss...I'm sure it was the theme.
I wouldn't recommended it to people interested in poetry per se, for the reasons I mention in my write-up. But there are other reasons why people might like the book, and why the book might be good.
by Tim Love
Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:39 am
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: A Leicester event and a Nottingham shop
Replies: 0
Views: 821

A Leicester event and a Nottingham shop

States of Independence is happening on Saturday 15 March at Clephan Building, De Montfort University, Leicester, and it's all free. Dozens of small presses will be there, and there are dozens of talks starting from 11am. "This year there is a strong emphasis on fiction … we have asked each and ever...
by Tim Love
Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Maryann Corbett
Replies: 3
Views: 842

Re: Maryann Corbett

More impressive still, the recently announced http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wilbur_Award
by Tim Love
Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:57 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Villanelle
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: Villanelle

I think it needs a twist. At the moment it's just a more restrained version of "if I were a rich man". Verses like "Would keep my carbon footprint small By building wind farms, planting trees - I'd do such good for one and all." aren't earning their keep.
by Tim Love
Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Blackness Blurs
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Re: Blackness Blurs

I agree about "head & shoulders", and if "wounded knee" was chosen mainly because it rhymed with "fancy me", perhaps the rhymes should go. My guess is that "touching distant" should be "touching distance".
by Tim Love
Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:25 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Perceived incorrectly
Replies: 5
Views: 597

Re: Perceived incorrectly

I am having a hard time deciphering your poem, whatever you the author was trying to impart to me the reader as not come through with any clarity. I think the persona's saying 5 times that s/he has trouble relating to people. It's a topic that's popular with budding poets especially, but also with ...
by Tim Love
Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:11 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Hinterland Poetry article
Replies: 2
Views: 463

Hinterland Poetry article

My Something old, something new article about spelling and poetry has just appeared in Hinterland
by Tim Love
Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:58 am
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Coetry?
Replies: 5
Views: 983

Re: Coetry?

Some UK mainstream poets have dabbled -
  • In "These Days" by Leontia Flynn there's a poem with fragments of a computer program - "Perl Poem"
  • Heidi Williamson's "Electric Shadow" collection includes IfThenElse
by Tim Love
Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: All-knowing Nitwit
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: All-knowing Nitwit

I guess we're supposed to be amused by the persona's lack of self-awareness? Even so, it sounds very laboured to me. I can't suggest improvements.
by Tim Love
Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:35 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: A UK short-story submission schedule for early 2014
Replies: 1
Views: 5281

A UK short-story submission schedule for early 2014

I've been plotting my 2014 prose campaign. Some of you (especially the UK ones) may find this useful January Comma Press - http://www.commapress.co.uk/?section=FAQs will be announcing a call for submissions to their next 'new writer' anthology in early 2014 Wigleaf - stories under a 1000 words, the ...
by Tim Love
Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:52 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Neo-Nazi
Replies: 13
Views: 1248

Re: Neo-Nazi

This poem was written as a response to events here in the midlands. But why was it written? Who for? What will the "you" think if they read it? In what way does the content make "us" think in a new way? Or is the strength of the poem in the mode of expression rather than the depth of political thou...
by Tim Love
Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:29 am
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Magma1
Replies: 8
Views: 1010

Re: Magma1

Congrats. It's a mag I've tried to get into a few times, without success.
by Tim Love
Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:24 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Russet Tone
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: Russet Tone

tried something a bit different A bit different from what? A problem I have with my stuff is that I can produce words that "capture" the effect I'm trying to communicate to my satisfaction, but only by using concepts, phrases and/or words that many people have used before. The reason those words ha...
by Tim Love
Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Spring
Replies: 19
Views: 1295

Re: Spring

And for discussion sake, do you think contemporary poetry should be actually limited to a certain level of vocabulary? ... when I myself read (a poem) and see a word that I don't know, I get excited at the thought of learning that new word - another tiny addition to the tools of expression, no? Thi...
by Tim Love
Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:31 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Under the Cross
Replies: 7
Views: 842

Re: Under the Cross

I've tried this kind of thing, both in poetry and prose. Can't say I've been very successful. One always hopes that the constraint will force out a phrase that might otherwise never have appeared - maybe "Yale’s prestige as king of the zoo" is such a phrase. I think pre-empting crit like the first s...
by Tim Love
Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Comet
Replies: 7
Views: 849

Re: Comet

There are some punctuation problems, and I wonder if there's spelling trouble too. Maybe "clam" should be "calm" and "dye" should be "die", though I'm not sure, because I don't really get the poem.