LINK- Poet laureate writes sonnet for Armistice Day centenary events

Incredibly moving poem, published in the Guardian today. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has written a powerful and evocative piece on the legacy and effects of the Great War. Please click here to read 'A Wound in Time' - a poem commissioned by Danny Boyle. Danny Boyle's Armistice Day centenary event is called Pages of the Sea … Continue reading LINK- Poet laureate writes sonnet for Armistice Day centenary events

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POETRY – My Ireland by Steven James Smith

https://youtu.be/lb8gNQP5fiw I've just been introduced to the poetry of Steven James Smith (@SJSWords), a Dublin born poet and playwrite. This poem was commissioned last year by the St Patrick's Festival, who wanted something new that would celebrate and reflect the Ireland of today. This must have exceeded their wildest dreams! The piece is incredibly relatable … Continue reading POETRY – My Ireland by Steven James Smith

POEM – Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It's been aaaaagggeeees since I've posted any poetry. As I am in a whimsical mood, I have decided on 'Kubla Khan - or A vision in a Dream; A Fragment'.* This 'fragment' was first conceived by Coleridge during an opium inspired dream in 1797 and first published in 1816. Though initially unappreciated, 'The poem is … Continue reading POEM – Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

My 2015 World Book Night choice

Real Poems for Unreal Times #WBN has been running for four years now. This is the third year that I have been participating and the third year that I'll be handing out my first choice pick - this year it's Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy. I love poetry. Before I could read - heck, … Continue reading My 2015 World Book Night choice

REVIEW – Fancy Pants Poetry 2 – Agostino Scafidi

Recently I reviewed a book of poetry by Agostino Scafidi. No sooner had I pressed publish, then he let me know that the sequel had become available. While there are no major stylish or drastic format changes, this is a very different book from its predecessor. The original was dark, cynical and sarcastic - caustic in … Continue reading REVIEW – Fancy Pants Poetry 2 – Agostino Scafidi

POEM – Notes on the Art of Poetry – Dylan Thomas

Notes on the Art of Poetry I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on in the world between the covers of books, such sandstorms and ice blasts of words,,, such staggering peace, such enormous laughter, such and so many blinding bright lights,, , splashing all over the pages in a million bits and … Continue reading POEM – Notes on the Art of Poetry – Dylan Thomas

Poetry Moment – Dust if you Must – Rose Milligan

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better To paint a picture, or write a letter, Bake a cake, or plant a seed; Ponder the difference between want and need? Dust if you must, but there’s not much time, With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb; Music to hear, and books to read; … Continue reading Poetry Moment – Dust if you Must – Rose Milligan