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February 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Calendar Girl

Happy new year, poetry folk, and here’s a very short entry to begin it with. Some of you have kindly reminded me that I’m in the Guardian’s free calendar for … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

Catch a fire

John Donne’s beautiful A Nocturnall Upon St Lucie’s Day, being the shortest day of the yeare¬†was written when he had recently lost his wife. His monumental, much-loved poem is about … Continue reading

December 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

The National Poetry Competition tour – first stop!

Reader, we have been invaded. Today the Bell Jar is delighted to host the very first blog from the National Poetry Competition¬†blog tour. The post below is from the stellar, … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

What time do you call this then?

Where have you all been? What? Oh, fair enough. It’s possible that my summer blogging break was longer than usual. This summer saw me involved in a) an epic boating … Continue reading

September 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Getting festive

Poetry, dear reader; poetry’s the thing. I may have said this before. On Saturday night I saw Tony Harrison read in Ledbury, Herefordshire. One of our best living poets, he … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · 4 Comments

Home is where they understand you

The great thing about friends, friends, is that you can acquire new ones without diminishing the value of the existing ones. Last week I made a brief foray from the … Continue reading

May 20, 2012 · 3 Comments

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