I have two poems on the sun-drenched Odyssey poetry website today: one new one, part of a sequence responding to the life and work of Edward Burra; and one from my collection.

New reviews on Sphinx

There is a new batch of reviews up on Sphinx, among which are no less than three excellent reviews of Richie McCaffery’s new pamphlet, First Hare, and my review of Ben Ray's New Poets’ Prize-winning pamphlet, The Kindness of the Eel. As ever, Sphinx is a tremendous resource for anyone looking for new poetry pamphlets.

Tips from StAnza poets

Some excellent advice here, re-blogged from the Ways With Words site of Wells Poets. Jen Hadfield’s film-poem is a must-watch.

ways with words in the city of Wells

Find them here. The first two are sound only, while the others are short films.

John Glenday advises, “Write less”. A poem is a conversation between poet and reader: leave room for the reader. If you listen to nothing else, please listen to these three and a half minutes!

Shehzar Doja: “Always carry a small notebook”. I can think of no better advice.

Gerry Cambridge remembers George Mackay Brown’s advice to practice writing in strict forms. Craftsmanship, Gerry says, leads to confidence – enjoy the process – don’t be afraid of making a mess – read widely; other poets are your signposts.

Anthony Anaxagorou too recommends keeping a notebook. And imagining impossibilities. And borrowing a line from another poet (but be sure to give it back!)

Jen Hadfield, in her beautiful film-poem, pleads for a balance between words and silence. Well worth a few minutes of your precious…

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Poetry in Surrey Libraries

My thanks to Neil Richards for posting a poem of mine on the Poetry in Surrey Libraries website. It’s a response of sorts to Liz Berry’s poem ‘5th Dudley Girl Guides’, from her collection Black Country. Amongst other recent posts are excellent poems by Write Out Loud Woking co-hosts Greg Freeman and Rodney Wood.