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Revealing and Sharing

‘Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private.’ - Allen Ginsberg Apart from a few articles and essays, my book of poems, ‘Messages are Dancing in the Rain’ is my first venture into sharing myself in written words and I have to admit, it’s a little unnerving. I’m sure most creatives have to deal with this, from the conception of an idea, its development, the labour of its delivery to its appearance into the world. There is the pride in having birthed something and the hope that people will coo over the baby and declare how wonderful it is. We have to brace ourselves, however, for the hard fac

Creative Connections

"Painting is silent poetry and poetry is painting that speaks". - Plutarch As both an artist and a poet, this quote from Plutarch resonates deeply within me and has led to a richer understanding of the creative processes involved in both poetry and painting and the similarities I experience in making anything. There is a transference of skills, even in the practical world creativity is there. When I first started writing poetry I thought that it should always rhyme and retain a strict metre, like a quiet song, its rhythm coming from and singing to deeper parts of ourselves. I still believe that this is true . . . . but not always. The same thing happened when I started painting as I s

Passion, Power and Poetry

"Poetry is ordinary Language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and bloodied with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words" - Paul Engle Paul Engle puts it so well and many fellow and sister poets will understand what he means. To the readers, the poem sits blandly on the page with a modest invitation to read it. Perhaps they will, and savour it, understand it and be moved by it if it touches something of their own experience. To achieve even a small amount of this, I have to allow myself to experience the heights and depths of emotions, through pain, grief, frustration and elation, amusement and moments of silliness. There are times when

Growing in the Dark

"Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure." - Mark Strand Artificial light is everywhere, we're obsessed with it. Orangey sodium street lights, increased lighting in advertising, football stadii and shops lit up all night, everywhere we go in towns and cities, the light is relentless. We prefer houses with large windows and many people consider any weather other than bright sunshine to be bad. Before we had so much technology most of us lived in natural surroundings in smaller houses with little windows to keep out the cold, but we got a lot more natural light by working outdoors for most of the day and rested in dimly lit, dark homes at night. I'm not

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