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Creative Writing: F-R-E-E Writing, The Go Creative! Show

The Go Creative! Show Episode 3: Creative Writing Is Free-Writing

Creative Writing In the third week of each month, the topic for the Go Creative! Show is creative writing. This week, the first half of the show introduces you to free-writing, a form of expressive, creative writing, and an incredible tool for healing and transformation. F.R.E.E. stands for Fast, Raw, Exact and Easy, and this technique is an excellent way for you to ignite and harness the create-state This week I was also joined by regular contributor Dan Blank, who specialises in helping people turn their creative work into their creative career, and we chatted about what he calls setting goals, and I call setting creative intentions. We look at…

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Creative Writing: New Poetry

A New Poem: Coming To

On my back. In the dark. Given up to night. I lie, a fool aground. A suckling. Yearning, turning in want and will, smothering in the urges of the underneath. Up there the spangled stars. The moon one quarter lit and on the wane. Hiding its hollows in its divide. And the black beyond. That dark that shades the darkness. The lacuna. Night pulls me in * Night holds me still. Night holds my wants against my will, until I am upended, and released to rise again. * Oh stars, shining in from forever ago, unfathomable in your million millions (Why…

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Creative Writing: New Poetry

Haiku on Instagram

It’s my daily hobby to play with a form of poetry called haiku, as a way of fostering creative presence in the moment. And lately I’ve started posting them on Instagram with a photograph of that moment. Haiku is an act of transcription. Here are a few recent ones: Park walking. The time of bluebells, my hand in your hand. ~ Night pressing the window. Our neighbour’s tree waits for light. ~ Daughter’s dress has mirror circles. Sequins of myself. ~ Now your turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 haiku. Use the thirteen syllables to give…

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Website Upgrade Continues

The work is continuing in the background, building the Creativist Club for all those who are interested in learning more about how to apply the creative process to everything in life: money, friends, work, home. With the aid of the wonderful Pixbee Design, the Club will launch in September and the first fifty people to register will get free lifetime admission. I’ll be sending an email to subscribers as soon as it’s ready to rock,  so if you’d like to be part of it, sign up here to know when the starting gun has been fired. I also wanted to…

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Creative Writing: New Poetry

Love Hurts? No Way

Love hurts, they say. I say, no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Lust festers, envy bites. Loss skewers, rejection spikes. Passion burns, craving seethes. Romance dazzles, lonesome bleeds. Well yes, indeed. But none of the above is love. Love helps, love lights. Love warms, love rights. Love soothes, love feeds. Love calms, love heals. Oh yes, what will heal the sting of pain, and make your life feel good again, (again, again, and yet again), is love. Love hurts, they say. I say no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Poetry Pamphlets (Volume…

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A Celtic Creation Story

The first recorded Irish stories were Celtic. They presented our world as eternal, represented by the famous knotwork art produced for centuries in Ireland’s monasteries. There are fewer stories about the moment of creation in Celtic culture than other tribes but one I love is the story of Oran Mór. Once upon a time, there was no time. There were also no Gods and no man or woman to walk the land. There was only the depths of the sea and its dark, eternal quiet. A strain of melody moved across the endless waters, a whisper first. The music was the Oran…

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Moments of Creative Presence on Instagram?

Are you on Instagram? Do you like writing or reading haiku? Instagram is my new toy and I’m now posting a haiku (with picture) there each day. The idea is to capture a moment of creative presence, as outlined in Go Creative! It’s Your Native State. Come join me there?

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WB Yeats’s Fanatic Heart Was Not For Ireland But For Love

“It was all ‘father, oh father’,” Bob Geldof says, mimicking a pious female voice addressing a priest. Then in his own voice: “Fuck off, you’re not my father.” Geldof is railing against Irish groveling to the Roman Catholic  church in Fanatic Heart, a documentary about the life and work of Ireland’s great poet (and subject of my most recent novel): William Butler Yeats. Geldof argues that the poet and  literary statesman brought about revolutionary change in Ireland’s struggle for independence, without firing a bullet. Instead of guns, his modus operandi was a poetic national vision, betrayed by the Roman Catholic nation-state that emerged after Irish independence. So it was not…

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WB Yeats & Maud Gonne: The Greatest Love Story That Never Was?

Out today, in ebook: the first book of my WB Yeats – Maud Gonne trilogy in standalone edition. [The special edition edition is now withdrawn in ebook format but I do still have a few hardbacks editions of this gift-book left]. To buy the e-book in your favorite format, go here      

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Valentines’ Day 2016: A New Poem

I’m writing this on Valentine’s Day 2016, at a sunny table outside Cole St cafe in The Haight, 6000 miles away from The Hub. He is in London, I am in San Francisco. But love is what the scientists call non-local and no problem for it to leap continent and ocean. He got me a card, I’ve sent him a poem. The commercial side of Valentine’s day debases and dilutes love, with its cupids and chocolates, completely overlooking how love is a force that destroys the established order, over and again, even in a long relationship. (30+ years, since you…

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