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The only award I ever won, and didn’t even enter, was for a poem called “Mr Whiskers and the Picnic Basket.” It was published in… 454 more words

Marcus Slease

Short story: Montiel’s Widow by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Recommended.

Poem: The Blue Booby by James Tate, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from February 2018. 25 more words

The Ray Bradbury Challenge

It Happens Like This

It Happens Like This
James Tate

 I was outside St. Cecelia’s Rectory
 smoking a cigarette when a goat appeared beside me.
 It was mostly black and white, with a little reddish
 brown here and there. 303 more words

Reading: Cryptozoa by James Tate

Today a 1969 poem by Missouri-born James Tate (1943-2014) who once said that “If you laughed earlier in the poem, and I bring you close to tears in the end, that’s the best.” I read this poem because it shows the magic of language and absurdity that Tate handled well: 525 more words


Week 1 UK Chapbook Chart 2018 – Luke Smith

A Reflective State is a contemporary vision of poetry and spoken-word verse. Provoking both thought and reaction, this collection of minimalist, emotive works offers a clean cut approach to the written word. 138 more words

Week 52 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Timothy Donnelly

“In time of crisis, we summon up our strength,” wrote poet Muriel Rukeyser. Poems for Political Disaster gathers poems–from the eve of the twenty-first century to the month following Trump’s election–to mark a moment of political rupture, summoning the collective strength found in the languages of resistance and memory, subversion and declamation, struggle and hope. 241 more words