Spring Rain

I've made a 30 second film poem for the MPT Haiku in translation workshop which I mentioned in my previous post. As my starting point, I've taken the haiku by Yosa Buson which Alan Cummings has 'literally' translated as follows: spring rain – beach’s small shells to moisten enough In my version of the poem,… Continue reading Spring Rain

Spring is unfolding before my eyes

The always wonderful Modern Poetry in Translation magazine is running a free online Haiku translation workshop. I have made a collage poem in response to the haiku by Enomoto Seifu which Alan Cummings has translated 'literally' as follows: Falling blossoms Beneath, lying happily A skull Here is my collage poem which I've made by cutting… Continue reading Spring is unfolding before my eyes

Poems from the Lockdown

Poems written during Lockdown by members of Trowbridge Stanza White Bluebells by Ginny Saunders Early, he brings a slug to bed I don’t cry out, it’s new to our zoo so welcome. It hitched a ride from a dewy glade of grass, shrunken and mucus-bound to his soft belly fur. It won’t survive the dryness… Continue reading Poems from the Lockdown

A bee brings summer

  poem for Earth Day   *     With a reckless swoop             you patter at my window frantic as a delivery boy             who's slept through months of orders. You're a fizzing blur of antenna, legs and wings;             a pantomine of lanes and hilly streets; lines of washing you've bashed against             to arrive here steeped… Continue reading A bee brings summer

Belatedly, Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all.  A very low-key New Year's Eve for me, a tiny amount of alcohol drunk, some good food, perfect company in the form of my husband, A., and - for him - a lot of taxi driving for our two young adult children who he ferried around through the night… Continue reading Belatedly, Happy New Year

A quick round up of recent events

A busy November has given way to a quiet December but my growing collection of new poems is demanding attention so the blog is being neglected.  I've written about 20 new poems that I'm reasonably pleased with. Many more will likely never see in the New Year.  My editing knives have been sharpened. November began… Continue reading A quick round up of recent events

Trowbridge Stanza: December Guest Readers Anthony Wilson and Dawn Gorman

Trowbridge Stanza is looking forward to welcoming poets Anthony Wilson and Dawn Gorman to read at Drawing Projects UK, Bridge House, Trowbridge, on Saturday, 7 December 2-4pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend and audience members are invited to bring one or two of their own poems to read at the open-mic.  Tickets are £5 on… Continue reading Trowbridge Stanza: December Guest Readers Anthony Wilson and Dawn Gorman

Last Few Days to Pin a Poem to the Places of Poetry map!

Just to mention that the Places of Poetry project will be a read-only site from November 1 so if you have a site-specific poem about anywhere in England or Wales that you'd like other people to read - head over to Places of Poetry and pin a poem on their map.  Here is some more… Continue reading Last Few Days to Pin a Poem to the Places of Poetry map!

Some feedback about Trowbridge Stanza

As many of you know, I organise a monthly poetry group in Trowbridge.  We meet every first Saturday, 2-4pm, at Drawing Projects UK, an art gallery, studio space and café, next to Trowbridge train station.  Recently people have shared some tweets about Trowbridge Stanza and about Drawing Projects UK itself, so I thought I'd include… Continue reading Some feedback about Trowbridge Stanza

Mid-October Notes and looking ahead to November

With both of my children now at university and not that many freelance projects on the go (but probably enough, for now) I have a lot more hours to myself these days. So far in October there have been some decent blocks of time available for me to write.  Of course, that doesn't mean I've… Continue reading Mid-October Notes and looking ahead to November