Category Archives: Poetry

A Tale of Two Libraries

“There is no love without loss.” When I walked into the British Library, or, later that same day, the Poetry Library, I wasn’t thinking of my sister, who’s a medical librarian. I wasn’t even thinking of my late mother, who … Continue reading

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Just Another Book Porn Wednesday

” Books are a uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King If you’re reading this because you’re hoping for smut, you’re out of luck. Book porn is about beautiful bindings, not bodacious boobies. Bindings! Original dust jackets! Gilt-edged pages! Art work! … Continue reading

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Leaves Like Shoppers – a Poetic Blog

“All the tree knew was that it thrilled with life” – Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology The picture above was taken earlier today. I happened to be taking photos of the garden when Al – aka the Cat Who … Continue reading

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Like Shakespeare to Horses: a Poetic Blog

I’m not going to talk about the referendum any more, save to say I’m very glad I’d arranged to walk the “Ted Hughes Trail” with author Linda Jones on Friday. The exercise, scenery, and company helped divert, and relax me. … Continue reading

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It is Margaret We Mourn for: a Poetic Blog

“Margaret are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving? Leaves like the things of man, You, with your fresh thoughts care for, can you?“ “Spring and Fall“, Gerard Manley Hopkins (1880) As a morbid adolescent, I fell in love with this poem … Continue reading

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