The Bell Jar

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

Absent friends

Two weeks till the official launch, but here’s a moment of rest from relentless promotion of the book: or at least, a moment of reflection inspired by it. By now … Continue reading

April 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Feeling bookish

This Spring, I will mostly be plugging my own book. Forgive me. If you follow me for more general poetry news, there will still be plenty of that. The stream … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · 10 Comments

A Chant Against Procrastination

In terms of poetry production, last week’s writing retreat on the North York Moors was a dead loss, and that is fine. With the book coming out next month and … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

It’s a Spring Thing

I reckon Spring works a bit like home made wine. For weeks, the demijohn sits in the airing cupboard full of inert liquid, with no sign of fermenting. A solitary … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 4 Comments

New book! and reading dates

Dear, strangely attractive reader – I have a new book out. You possibly knew that already. Carol Ann Duffy, Philip Gross and others have said kind things about it – … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

A Valentine from the river

Valentine’s Day – or, as we call it in our family, “Simon’s birthday”. Consider love, dear reader: the biggest, baggiest and most baggage-laden word in our lovely language. Who expresses it … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Submitting to journals: the Jo Bell method

  I’ve spent some time lately with poetry journal editors – and also with the poor poetic beggars who, like me, send off work to them. It’s struck me anew … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 32 Comments

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