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Inspirational Poetry: Writer At Work
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Sunday Inspirational Poetry: Writer At Work

Sunday is poetry day on the blog, and also on my Patreon Page. So welcome to this week’s inspirational poetry: Writer At Work, one specially for the writers among you. I wrote this poem some years ago but revised it slightly for Keepers, my latest collection. I hope you enjoy it. I sit, and hold a space, and wait, and wait again until some true words rise, wake up to take their place upon the page. I curtsey to them spin them round then up, then down to see some new thoughts turn. Then comes the time to let them lie, put…

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Spinning Still
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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Spoken Word London
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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Sunday Inspirational Poetry: A Poem for St Brigid's Day
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Sunday Inspirational Poetry: A Poem for St Brigid’s Day

I wrote this poem a few years ago but am taking out for a replay today, as part of my Sunday Inspirational Poetry: A Poem for St Brigid’s Day. St Brigid was quite a woman, if the old tales are to be believed. Story has it that when Saint Patrick heard her final vows, he accidentally used the form for ordaining priests–who of course could only be men, even then. When the error was brought to his attention, he simply replied, “So be it, my son, Brigid is destined for great things.” Little is known about her life after she…

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change to online poetry event
Creative Publishing: Inspirational Poetry

How To Self-Publish Poetry Plus Online Open Mic on Facebook and Patreon: May 2019

Are you a poet who would like to reach a wider audience for your work? Do you want to learn how to publish and sell your poetry books? Then join my monthly online for poets: Self-Publishing Poetry Advice Clinic plus Open Mic. If you’re a poet, this Facebook Live event and podcast is designed for you–and the readers who will love to hear your work. It’s a warm and welcoming space for poets of all kinds, at every stage of development, and everyone who loves the spoken and written word. An opportunity for you to reach readers with your poetry and learn more…

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New Poem on Patreon is The Long Memoried Sea
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Sunday Inspirations. New Poem on Patreon: The Long-Memoried Sea

I run a Patreon page for my poetry, for poetry lovers and for those who want to support poetry in the world. This month’s new poem on Patreon is The Long Memoried Sea. Te dah! You can read it over here. My Patreon page is also a way for those who have benefited from my pro-bono work to express appreciation: by helping to bring more poetry into the world. Your support there is much appreciated. Knowing I have patrons who care about poetry keeps me connected when duties, doubts or distractions threaten to divert me off in other directions. I know the world needs…

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Inspirational Poem The Next Birth
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Sunday Inspirational Poetry: The Next Birth: A Love Poem

I run a Patreon page for my poetry, where patrons get to be the first readers of my poetry and receive other bonus gifts and giveaways. Once a poem has been patron-only for 90 days, I can publish it here on my blog and in other places. This inspirational poem The Next Birth, was a Patreon poem 90 days ago.  The Patreon page is a way that poetry readers can support me as a poet, and help me to stay connected to the place that poetry comes from. And it’s also a place where other poets learn about ways to make money from…

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dark night of the soul
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Sunday Inspiration. “Dark Night”: A Poem

Every spiritual tradition has writings and teachings about what Christians call… The dark night of the soul. It’s understood to be a necessary pre-cursor to receiving the light of redemption. That’s not how it feels while you’re there, though. Dark times are hard, we can resist but when we do, perversely, we find we’ve missed out on their transformative potential. This poem is about giving the dark times their due. ~~~ Life said to the wanderer: wait without waiting. Kneel yourself down there, on stone- hearted stone. Set down your hope too. It could be mistaken. And fold up that…

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Inspirational Poem: Good Coffee
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Enjoy A New Inspirational Poem: “Good Coffee”

Each Sunday I publish a poem about some aspect of creative working and living. This week’s inspirational poem: “Good Coffee” is about a woman I saw at a table outside a local cafe. First, my eye was drawn by her tremors, a feature of her age, then what I was seeing took a twist. I have a poster in my kitchen that says “Coffee is the fuel that fires the dreams of heroes”. She seemed a total hero to me. ~~~ A woman at the cafe table, age-quavering, tributaries of wrinkles obscuring the faded flint in her eye, a dash of cappuccino foam…

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Inspirational Poem: Renovation
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Enjoy A New Inspirational Poem: “Renovation”

Each Sunday I publish a poem about some aspect of creative working and living. This week’s inspirational poem: Renovation is about a job we’re getting done on our house at the moment. Such a mundane and practical topic but poetry finds that there’s always more going on than meets the surface eye. Inspirational Poem: Renovation A scaffold around our house and two men scraping paint off bricks, releasing red dust everywhere, making our neighbors complain. (We’ll have to pay to hose down half the street, it seems, when we complete). On we go, though, with our scraping. Mending the mortar cracks exposed, casting our paint-powder,…

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