LISTEN – Poems for Idle Workers- BBC Radio 4

From the BBC website A series of small poems by Holly Pester, set in the brief pauses of work-breaks. Inspired by Virgil, absurdism, and sound poetry. In the year 42 BC, the Latin poet Virgil began to write his famous Eclogues (the term comes from a word meaning sketch or draft), reflecting tensions in the … Continue reading LISTEN – Poems for Idle Workers- BBC Radio 4

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

REVIEW – Fancy Pants Poetry – Agostino Scafidi

Recently Agostino Scafidi left a message on the blog about his new book of poems. As I'm always on the lookout for new authors and poets, he sent me a copy to review. Laid back, contemporary and bitingly sarcastic, these poems are a mix of specific and stipulated themes and vague concepts and thoughts - allowing the … Continue reading REVIEW – Fancy Pants Poetry – Agostino Scafidi

101 Poems about Childhood

As well as recently becoming an aunt; many of my friends have brought splendid little people into the world. Naturally, my first impulse has been to read up on the whole experience. So last week I checked out '101 Poems about Childhood' from my local library. While I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting … Continue reading 101 Poems about Childhood

Excerpt from the Princess – Lord Alfred Tennyson

Metrophobia is the name for a fear of poetry.

Perhaps it’s a bit less scary if Tom Hiddleston reads it?

Happy National Poetry Day!

DrNeevil's Notes

Read by Tom Hiddleston

Because why the hell not?!?!

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Happy Mothers Day!

I was going to buy you a card with hearts of pink and red, but then I thought I'd rather spend the money on me instead. It's awfully hard to buy things when one's allowance is so small, so, I guess you're pretty lucky I got you anything at all. Happy Mother's Day to you. There … Continue reading Happy Mothers Day!

Things I like – Colette Nic Aodha

The following poem appeared in the 2013 Art Craftwork Higher Level and I thought it was too gorgeous to keep to myself!! It's the first time that I've read anything by this homegrown (mine - so Irish, before you all get all excited) poet, but I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for more from now on! … Continue reading Things I like – Colette Nic Aodha