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Poetry & meaning

In his poem, ‘Ars Poetica’, Archibald MacLeish famously stated that a poem should not mean, but be. Of course, he also said it should be wordless as the flight of birds, so it’s likely best not to take him too literally. 631 more words

Character Design Challenge #25 - Hippie

This month’s Character Design Challenge on FB has a Hippie Theme.

Accordingly I should drown our little hero in a sea of multicolour, I suppose. However, I  depthseem to be having this propensity for more or less monochromatic situations. 98 more words

Making Meaning in 2017

My new year’s day has been spend in the shed: unglamorous as it seems, in a crowded holiday household full of university returnees, my old ‘shedifice’ is the only place available for writing and reflection and as I have my own essay deadline looming in a few days’ time, decamping to the far corner of our small, rain-soaked garden is the only way to secure time and space to think without distraction. 667 more words


This is from the Advent portion of W. H. Auden’s Christmas Oratorio, For the Time Being. The full text is under copyright, but it’s in this book…

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