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Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Sunday Inspirational Poetry: Spinning Still

It’s Valentine’s week, so how about a love poem? I wrote a version of this poem ten years ago, so it’s an anniversary poem too, revived and revised as the days grow ever more golden. I run a Patreon page for my poetry. My most loyal readers–my patrons– always get to read my poems first, alongside other bonus gifts and giveaways. Patreon is a membership platform that brings creators together with those who like to support them. Knowing I have patrons who care about poetry keeps me connected when duties, doubts or distractions threaten to divert me off in other…

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Creative Writing: Creative Business, Inspirational Poetry

Sunday Inspirational Poetry: Spoken Word London

Our online Open Mic is Tuesday Next at 8pm. More details and register here. Today, I’ll be Open Mic-ing too but at a live Open Mic event with Spoken Word London. This group is now very popular. It’s one of the most egalitarian groups in London as all poets get five minutes and five minutes only. It’s organized by Patrick Cash and Hannah Gordon, who was a regular at our Creative Cricklewood Open Mic, before our pub closed down. This weekend  Spoken Word London is running an Anti-Hate Festival Spoken Word London:  Anti-Hate Festival Lots of fun and games expected to happen  including: Interactive…

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Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

New Addition to My “Poets on Patreon” Page: Poetry Writer Patron

Do you write poetry? Would you like to make a living as a poet or songwriter? Did you know that there is a growing presence of poets on Patreon who are being paid by their fans to write their poems? My Patreon page has been running for a few months now and is beginning to gather poetry readers. It feels like time to add in the writers: the poets. So I’ve just introduced a new Tier on my Patreon page. Poetry Writer Patron. Alongside my own writing, I’m on a personal mission to empower other creatives, through digital publishing and…

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Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

First Day of The Month Is Poetry Day For My Patrons On Patreon. This Month’s Poem: The Next Birth

Like inspirational poetry? On the first day of each month, I release a new inspirational poem exclusively for my patrons on Patreon. This month’s poem is called “The Next Birth”. It’s a love poem that begins with couple-love and moves to universal love. Here a verse: When bodies bare, we two in one combined, and my breath became yours as much as mine, then no day was a day of grift, or thrift then all that came before us came as gift. When I knew you loved me, as I loved you, our whole lives then began again, anew. If you’d like…

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Creative Publishing: My Haiku

How To Write Haiku: For Mindfulness and Creative Presence

Reading and writing haiku is a practice, it brings us into creative presence. And that’s the intention of this guide about how to write haiku. “Haiku happen all the time,” says Bill Higginson, who wrote The Haiku Handbook, another book about how to write haiku, these short poems about surfaces that have such a long, deep reach. “Wherever there are people who are ‘in touch’ with the world of their senses, and with their own feeling response to it.” Haiku happen. That’s it, that’s the movement. It’s a happening, not a willed activity. No straining for effect. No pen chewing. A moment…

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World Book Day Offer

Just a quick note to say if you are thinking of reading Before The Fall, then today’s the day to do it.   To celebrate World Book Day, and to say thank you to you as a blog subscriber, and to other supporters, I’m making the book available free on Amazon Kindle all day today (Mar 1). If you’ve already bought it, you can get one for your auntie, cousin, friend, mother… Or all of them. As many as you like. All free — for just 24 hours. Here’s the LINK (Normal blog transmission resumes next time — with some exciting…

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