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by Sharra
Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Poetry Exercises
Topic: Sestina Workshop
Replies: 60
Views: 21258

Re: Sestina Workshop

I'm in - I love sestina's even though they're pretty near impossible to write - they're like doing jigsaw puzzles. I can't think of many off the top of my head - but do remember this one by Elizabeth Bishop http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/03/ahead/sestina.html . I think it shows the secret of w...
by Sharra
Sat Nov 13, 2010 3:37 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Above and beyond
Replies: 23
Views: 1243

Re: Above and beyond

Hi Ian, I really liked the feel of this and you have some great lines in here. At the risk of completely changing what you are trying to achieve though, I’m going to suggest you lose the bits that describe you describing it, take away that mediation. I feel that by starting by saying the ‘sky is ind...
by Sharra
Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Bathtime
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Bathtime

You fold my clothes like origami. Position my unlaced, unbuckled boots toe to bath. Their filthy impressions remind me of the day we met, drowning in mud, that line of barbed wire stretched between us – and I wonder how many steps you’ve taken to get this far, trampling past those crushed bodies. If...
by Sharra
Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Buy a Fabulous Anthology & support Children in Need
Replies: 0
Views: 392

Buy a Fabulous Anthology & support Children in Need

Hi everyone If you like poetry (doh!) then you need this book! It's a collection of 131 poems on the theme of 'Childhood' in aid of Children in Need. There's poems from well-known writers such as Andrew Motion, Caroline Carver, Vicki Feaver, Abegail Morley (and loads of others) as well as a fair spr...
by Sharra
Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Buy a Fabulous Anthology & support Children in Need
Replies: 3
Views: 447

Buy a Fabulous Anthology & support Children in Need

Hi everyone If you like poetry (doh!) then you need this book! It's a collection of 131 poems on the theme of 'Childhood' in aid of Children in Need. There's poems from well-known writers such as Andrew Motion, Caroline Carver, Vicki Feaver, Abegail Morley (and loads of others) as well as a fair spr...
by Sharra
Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Buy a Fabulous Poetry Anthology & support Children in Need
Replies: 2
Views: 428

Buy a Fabulous Poetry Anthology & support Children in Need

Hi everyone If you like poetry (doh!) then you need this book! It's a collection of 131 poems on the theme of 'Childhood' in aid of Children in Need. There's poems from well-known writers such as Andrew Motion, Caroline Carver, Vicki Feaver, Abegail Morley (and loads of others) as well as a fair spr...
by Sharra
Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Children in Need Anthology
Replies: 8
Views: 1280

Re: Children in Need Anthology

Wow Ros,that's so great you like it so much - thanks :)
(I have to agree it has some great poems in it though)
Nicky
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by Sharra
Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:58 am
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Children in Need Anthology
Replies: 8
Views: 1280

Re: Children in Need Anthology

We're in the process of sending books out, online payments all working ok now, so come and buy your fabulous anthology and support Children in Need in the process. It's a gorgeous collection of wonderful poems, and would make a great xmas present for anyone who even slightly enjoys poetry. £10 each ...
by Sharra
Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:23 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Wants
Replies: 13
Views: 963

Re: Wants

Kris, this is really poignant in places and has a real believability to it. I felt some parts were stronger than others and some of the images didn’t feel as fresh as others. Towards the beginning, ‘greasy kebab’ felt a little mundane, and the ‘watching the ships on the horizon’ felt a bit clichéd. ...
by Sharra
Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:25 am
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Orbis reject Mic (but is there hope?)
Replies: 14
Views: 2580

Re: Orbis reject Mic (but is there hope?)

We've done our Children in Need anthology through Lightning Source, they are much cheaper than lulu, you do have to pay an initial set up fee but then the books are relatively cheap. You can order them printed and also people can buy them direct through amazon. I'll check the exact prices when I can.
by Sharra
Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Children in Need Anthology
Replies: 8
Views: 1280

Re: Children in Need Anthology

That's great Neil :) It's up for pre-ordering now at http://wordaid.blogspot.com/p/publications.html . I'm having probs setting up the paypal to let people used credit cards, so it's either use your paypal account or send a cheque at the moment. If anyone wants to pre-order, it's really appreciated,...
by Sharra
Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Room
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: Room

Yeah, it's a bit crap...
Feel free to ignore it everyone :lol:
by Sharra
Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Room
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Room

Faces I haven’t seen for years, a little more crumpled, clustered around tables. Teenagers playing poker with pennies, toddlers crawling between chairs and red, white, blue balloons. The pile of unwrapped presents. Your cake – navy ninety on white, party poppers exploding, landing on your head, shou...
by Sharra
Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Hello, Good Evening and Welcome
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 7
Views: 1520

Re: Introduction

Welcome to PG - we're a pretty friendly bunch here, so dive right in :)
Nicky
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by Sharra
Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:54 am
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: So, did anyone do anything..........
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: So, did anyone do anything..........

I did - i went to the Canterbury poet of the years awards evening - was a finalist and read my poem, and got highly commended :)
by Sharra
Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:45 am
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Call for submissions
Replies: 22
Views: 3315

Re: Call for submissions

hehe thats really exciting Megan :)
Have you been to Canterbury before?
Nicky
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by Sharra
Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Tuesday 11th May
Replies: 18
Views: 1087

Re: Tuesday 11th May

Thanks for your thoughts everyone, there's some good suggestions there. The car at the beginning is sposed to be the hearse, not a crash - so maybe I need to look at that again. Or else make more of the feeling of the crash, not sure which yet. I realise the not remembering/giving all the detail is ...
by Sharra
Sat Oct 09, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Calando (revised)
Replies: 24
Views: 1062

Re: Calando (revised)

I like the changes Ros - and yes i like the repetition of fingers too, I think 'rest' would work much better than tremble.
Nicky
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by Sharra
Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:00 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Tuesday 11th May
Replies: 18
Views: 1087

Tuesday 11th May

I don’t remember the car, its black carapace consuming us or the rain, darkening the ground while we waited or the moss, blurring the cracks between the paving slabs or the sharp corners, biting fingers as they lifted you or the eddies of people, flowing in your wake, steering me to my seat or the s...
by Sharra
Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:53 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Climbing The Table
Replies: 17
Views: 902

Re: Climbing The Table

Ray, this really made me chuckle - the Cilla Black line is priceless, thanks :)
Nicky
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by Sharra
Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: The new words
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: The new words

Hi John Have we read this before? It seems familiar. I really like the tone and the idea behind this, the way society would deal with a need for a new language. The image of people debating the meanings of words, and the idea of a telephone poll is working well for me. Ok – for me, the weather chang...
by Sharra
Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: The sports car
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: The sports car

Stuart, this form feels a bit archaic, is that your intention? The form and the language you have used 'to spruce the flower spray / Which only bloomed in yesterday for example feels very dated. I'm also not really sure what's going on, especially in the last stanza, although I do like the image of ...
by Sharra
Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:16 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Calando (revised)
Replies: 24
Views: 1062

Re: Calando

Ros this is a much better version :) I too love the 'snag' image - it's just gorgeous My only nits are with the last 3 lines... if they're rising above the orchestra they would be above concert pitch as thats where the orchestra would be playing at. And I'm not keen on the ending, I don't think its ...
by Sharra
Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:04 am
Forum: Any Other Business
Topic: Irony
Replies: 1
Views: 459

Re: Irony

If it wasn't far too early I'd try and think of an ironic response to that - but it is so I won't :)
by Sharra
Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:00 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: A wish tree
Replies: 17
Views: 937

Re: A wish tree

Nino to add to Ray's comment i think that often it's best to let a poem develop naturally rather than consciously try to wedge layers of meanings in. If you try to be too calculating, and force multiple meanings in, a poem can often end up feeling contrived.
Nicky