The Bell Jar

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

Valentine’s Day Poesie

Happy Valentine’s Day. Or as we know it in our family, Simon’s birthday. Or as you may call it, the Festival of Unusually Expensive Flowers.

February 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘Tis the year’s midnight….

….again. It’s the shortest day of the year. Tomorrow the nights start drawing out again, and the days get a little longer with each sunrise. Is the year’s glass half … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · 3 Comments

Jo Bell’s Rules for Poetry

….are ruthless, prescriptive, proscriptive – and if they sound just a teeny bit dogmatic, that’s because these are the faults I come across all the time in others’ work – … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · 5 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

Some poets dislike┬áNational Poetry Day. ‘Doesn’t poetry happen every day?’ they say. Yes, of course it does. Of course it does. But here’s a secret, from someone who used to … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · 4 Comments

The pity is in the poetry. And nowhere else?

This is a usually a blog about poetry, but I don’t keep my politics a secret on it. For those of you who find this an irritation, I’m sorry. I’m … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · 8 Comments

Dip me in honey and throw me to the dinosaurs

Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know what has come over me. I am not given to reviewing films, but I find that I am moved to speak on the subject … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

Eight miles out from nowhere

This is a longer blog than usual, but then this has been a longer week than usual. Whatever our politics, we’ve all considered what it means to be English – … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 5 Comments
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