The Bell Jar: Jo Bell's blog

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

The currency of kindness: working for Nationwide

Sometimes when you’re commissioned to write a poem, it’s a mixed blessing. Poetry isn’t copywriting; if you can’t believe in the thing you’re writing about, it will sound fake. In poetry … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · 14 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

Kith – reading dates

Dear, strangely attractive reader – I have a new book out.

March 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

An Announcement

It’s been a bloody long time coming and it’s not here yet, but my second collection will be published in spring 2015 by Nine Arches Press.

November 20, 2014 · 11 Comments