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Flags, English Grammar and Brian Patten

Truro’s flags were flapping and fluttering in the breeze this afternoon.

A good friend sent me this cartoon knowing how much I would appreciate it, having spent my career as an English teacher. 157 more words

Beauty

A Blade of Grass

You ask for a poem.
I offer you a blade of grass.
You say it is not good enough.
You ask for a poem.

I say this blade of grass will do. 108 more words

#ThrowbackThursday - Favourite Poem from Childhood: You Can't Be That by Brian Patten

You Can’t Be That
by Brian Patten

I told them
When I grow up
I’m not going to be a scientist
Or someone who reads the news on TV… 220 more words

Arts

Monster mum

Beowulf for dyslexic readers. And for me. I’m not saying I couldn’t read the ‘normal’ Beowulf, but the fact remains I’ve never felt the urge to give him a go. 167 more words

Books

Do you know a poem called - What is Poetry?

Can anyone help me?

Whilst sorting out the books and papers in my mum’s flat, I found a poem tucked into an exercise book. It started with the line ‘What is Poetry?’ and this may be the title of the poem. 118 more words

Fiction

Nor The Sun Its Selling Power - Brian Patten

They say her words were like balloons

with strings I could not hold,

that her love was something in a shop

cheap and far too quickly sold; … 32 more words

Poems