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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.


Taking Flight

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:07:08

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:07:08

Some jottings...


You don’t have / need to be

Someone’s / anyone’s creation

An emanation

Of their desires / imagination

Look Listen Hear me

I can set you free

But only if you want to fly.


You don't have to be

A prisoner


You can fly

I will set you free

But only if you believe

Your wings are strong enough

You need to know

You don't need me

Any more

Taking Flight

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 12:37:09

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 12:37:09

A sound or a sight can often trigger a memory or provide food for thought or food for writing. Visiting Bodnant Gardens in N Wales we were struck by a willow sculpture and I jotted down some words which I feel could be developed into something longer.

We'll see.


Archived blogs

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