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Trevor Millum, Teachit poet in residenceThe aim of the blog is to try to show the process of writing. It's a bit artificial because you can't reproduce all the thoughts and crossings out that take place either metaphorically or literally.   

However, it might help to show students that poems do not spring fully-formed onto the page. 

Previous blogs are archived: see the list at the right of the page.  Quite a few have been inspired by existing poems (by Edward Thomas, Duffy, Heaney, Armitage and others) and there are also villanelles, sonnets and lots of light verse.  I enjoy this - and it keeps me writing!  Any comments welcome.

 

One item, different angles

Thursday, 20 June 2019 12:18:09

Thursday, 20 June 2019 12:18:09

Yesterday's entry mysteriously disappeared. So here it is again. A couple of tweaks plus the things you can't see - like thinking...  Mainly about the second stanza.

Today O phone
you sit in your cradle
idle
while I wait impatiently
for your trill
but you sit solid (silent?) unmoving
still

but yesterday
you were impertinent
importunate
you interrupted
like a child
but unfortunately without the innocence
of youth

tomorrow
you will be my servant
you will carry my voice
relay my messages
where I wish.
for once
you will have no choice



One item, different angles

Sunday, 16 June 2019 14:16:48

Sunday, 16 June 2019 14:16:48

This is an idea from Tweetspeak - focusing on one thing but from a number of different angles.  I looked at my desk. My phone looked back.  We have a difficult relationship.  Who is master, who is servant?

First jottings:


Today O phone
you sit in your cradle
idle
while I wait impatiently
for your trill
but you sit solid unmoving
still

but yesterday
you were impertinent
importunate
you interrupted
like a child
but unfortunately without the innocence
of youth

tomorrow
you will be my servant
iwill use you to carry my voice
to relay my messages
where I wish
for once
you will have no choice



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