The Bell Jar: Jo Bell's blog

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

Happy Thanksgiving

Some poets dislike National Poetry Day. ‘Doesn’t poetry happen every day?’ they say. Yes, of course it does. Of course it does. But here’s a secret…

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…. The poetry in which I speak of kindness or friendship comes from the same place as my politics.

July 3, 2015 · 8 Comments

Dip me in honey and throw me to the dinosaurs

The Single Woman, as you will know from every film you have ever seen, is feckless and cold and compensates for her tragic lack of children by pretending that she likes her job.

June 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

Eight miles out from nowhere

here is Steve Ely showing perfectly how it’s done – how to sink a deep, deep tap root into English language, draw on its nourishment and grow something unshakeable but entirely original.

May 11, 2015 · 5 Comments

Never mind who they are. Who are you?

So who are you?
And how do you want to live? A blog about poetry and politics.

May 5, 2015 · 10 Comments

Absent friends

Acknowledging the people who shaped us, can sometimes mean admitting to big cracks in the fabric they worked on.

April 11, 2015 · 4 Comments

Feeling bookish

A poet should be in the business of windows, not chandeliers. I want to look through a poem, not at it, to see the world more clearly.

April 5, 2015 · 10 Comments