Category: Poetry

Occasional, ugly stabs at poetry

Miscarriage

I discovered all the words Donald Trump used in his inauguration speech that had never been used in an inauguration speech before, and mixed them up into this poem. flushdepletiontrapped trillionssprawl disrepairlandscape rippedrusted tunnel sprawlunrealised […]

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Whiteout Wednesdays – Donald Trump

My second attempt at Whiteout Wednesdays. Thank you to Black Cat Alley for this week’s text. I’m going to call this one ‘Donald Trump’ and is redacted from a poem called February Elegy by Mary Jo Bang. You should have a go. It’s fun taking words away rather than putting them on the page once a week.

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Dad, don’t say you love me when we’re near school

OK, today, something very different. For my MA, I have to write a sonnet, a villanelle and a free-form poem. I haven’t written a poem since I was about 1986, until this morning. I’ve started with a Villanelle, which is a 19-line poem that has only two rhymes and some line repetition. It’s structure is a challenge, let’s say.