Poetry, the Ideal Travel Companion

 

Dear Dot,

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I just read my first Saturday newspaper for 3 – 5 years (I can’t remember exactly when). I decided that writing this blog gives me I estimate 1% of what I imagine is the week-long jubilant elation of their personality columnists. Thank you for reading. Which (in wannabe columnist fashion), outlines the rough shape of my poetry experiences this fortnight.

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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

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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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