Monthly Archives: July 2011

Fizz 8

Polesworth Refectory Polesworth Organiser Mal Dewhirst has a sure touch in the guest poets he invites to Polesworth, and this months Fizz was no exception. Matt Merritt was the headline attraction whose debut collection, Troy Town, was published by Arrowhead … Continue reading

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Body Image

Too tight, too big, too low too small It never quite fits the way that she is The straight down hips, the protruding ribs She can buy kids clothes, looks like a doll Aspiring to the appearance of a juvenile … Continue reading

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Lichfield Festival – The Lounge & George Performances

This year the Lichfield Festival has been a curious affair, seemingly top heavy with high ticket out-of –town performers, and light of local talent. Poetry, save for the appearance of Carol Ann Duffy, has been poorly served. That is a … Continue reading

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Take Five

Grey skies Shroud for mans toil Home of heavy metal Trusty workshop to an empire Sweet dust Proof house Proofed not proven The armourers true friend Cannon rifles and pistols bear Its mark Crowds roar Test match drama The Kop … Continue reading

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Second Thoughts- Seconded

My response to Amy Rainbow’s “I Don’t”, “I Don’t Either”, elicited a further response from her. I naturally felt obliged to reply: Second Thoughts Your proposal was in jest? Well yes, you’re bound to say that now. Did your mother … Continue reading

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I Don’t – A Relationship Pentalogy

On Thursday I met a brilliant poet called Amy Rainbow, she performed a poem called “I Don’t – A Polite Refusal” which I liked very much and demanded a response, so I quote first Amy’s poem- then offer my reply, … Continue reading

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Sayings & Asbury Park

“Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.” –William Strunk, Jr. … Continue reading

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Where Will You find Me – July

Sat 2nd July- (Day)- Nuneaton Poetry Day, 2pm Slam. Sat 2nd July -(Evening) -Jan Green Memorial Concert Thurs 7th July -Parole Parlate, Worcester Mon 11th July – Prince of Wales,Birmingahm Poetry Society Stanza Society Moseley, 7.30pm Sat 16th July – … Continue reading

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July Poetic What’s On

Tuesday 5th July Night Blue Fruit, Taylor Johns, Coventry,7.30pm: Free in. Wednesday 6th July, an evening with Ian McMillan and Roy Fisher The Packhorse Inn, Crowdecote. 6 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm £8, Child £5, Conc £7 The Packhorse Poets present: … Continue reading

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Parole Parlate

Little Venice, Worcester This was the first month that Parole Parlate has run without the formidable hosting skills of the “on holiday” Lisa Ventura. So did the mice play while the cat was away? Did profanity and sleaze rule? No, … Continue reading

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