NaPoReMo #6: Rhyme time

  Best Society Philip Larkin When I was a child, I thought, Casually, that solitude Never needed to be sought. Something everybody had, Like nakedness, it lay at hand, Not specially right or specially wrong, A plentiful and obvious thing Not at all hard to understand. Then, after twenty, it became At once more difficultContinue reading “NaPoReMo #6: Rhyme time”

NaPoReMo #5: Are You Lonesome Tonight?

  Song Adrienne Rich You’re wondering if I’m lonely: OK then, yes, I’m lonely as a plane rides lonely and level on its radio beam, aiming across the Rockies for the blue-strung aisles of an airfield on the ocean. You want to ask, am I lonely? Well, of course, lonely as a woman driving acrossContinue reading “NaPoReMo #5: Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

NaPoReMo #4: The majority view

MAJORITY Michael Donaghy Foreign policy does not exist for us. We don’t know where the new countries are. We don’t care. We want the streets safe So we vote for the chair. An eye for an eye. Our long boats will come in the spring And we will take many heads. The name of ourContinue reading “NaPoReMo #4: The majority view”

NaPoReMo #3: Dead men talking

I Hear America Singing Walt Whitman I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong, The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work, TheContinue reading “NaPoReMo #3: Dead men talking”

NaPoReMo #2 Mind the gap: reading what isn’t there

Patagonia Kate Clanchy I said perhaps Patagonia, and pictured a peninsula, wide enough for a couple of ladderback chairs to wobble on at high tide. I thought of us in breathless cold, facing a horizon round as a coin, looped in a cat’s cradle strung by gulls from sea to sun. I planned to waitContinue reading “NaPoReMo #2 Mind the gap: reading what isn’t there”

NaPoReMo #1: A little support for NaPoWriMo

National Poetry Writing Month started in the US, but it belongs to us all now. Lots of you are having a go at writing a poem every day this month. Here once again is my own list of 30 brief prompts to give you a creative prod every day. Click here to see it andContinue reading “NaPoReMo #1: A little support for NaPoWriMo”