Finding the Rhythm

Dear Dot,

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Last weekend a friend asked me to put together a selection of my current favourite poems for her. Putting together this poetry mixtape, as it were, reminded me of a seminar we had, towards the end of one of our poetry courses at university, about assembling a collection, in which the links you can draw between poems were likened to the reasons you might put certain tracks side by side in a mixtape.

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Joy breaks

London

Dear Dot,

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Joy breaks! What a wonderful concept to be presented with on this long weekend – surely one of the year’s loveliest joy breaks, with its fresh, changeable weather and spiced bread-based deliciousness – which I’m trying to fill with concerted efforts to read and write.

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What Writers Need to Know about Readers Part…

Dear Dot,

I’ve had it with these cheap sons of bitches who claim they love poetry but never buy a book.

Kenneth Rexroth (lifted from Practice of Poetry Website The University of Warwick)

Our blog’s taken a shift toward energy hauling of late. But I still appreciate this space to express. (I did prefix “appreciated” with “really” , but deleted that; am de-junking adverbs amongst other things). “Other things?” Four assignments.
And so my reading has pretty shaped by that, and is as follows -:

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The Writing Exercise Post

 

Coventry

Dear Dot,

Here is the awaited writing exercise post. So excited am I to share it , I am thinking that  it will revitalise our blog. The power of words is that much of a wonder and a pleasure (as was your veggie poem). They draw your dreams from pictures….

                This week I have been reading Haiku by R.H. Blythe  

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(Blyth 1950: 117)

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Publishing Poetry

Dear Dot

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I launched a publishing outfit! Two weeks off from the university grindstone, look what happens. My head full of the do-it-yourself chat of successful writers, a sufficiently un-vain (community involving) project, and the inspirations of the book-shelf from volunteering at Shakespeare and Co. a week in September to boot. I admit to beginning with a desire to re-green even Faber and Faber (my most admired cover design: they turn cover design into poetry).

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