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You’re beautiful because you’re classically trained

I’m ugly because I associate piano wire with strangulation

You’re beautiful because you stop to read the cards in newsagents’ windows about lost cats and missing dogs…

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The Art of Challenging Yourself

Besides doing a new thing each day in 2016, I set myself a couple of other challenges this year, both of which I am on track to fail, but that’s nothing new! 1,796 more words

POP-olution Population People Praise P4 B4 Travel Quest UnArt Episode

I thought I’d start with the above title and video as the next episode of XaW Files is a totally introspective one, not moving the travel quest on at all. 905 more words

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Simon Armitage


A Poetic Response to Photographs of the Somme Battlefield

This engaging and timely revisiting of the Great War during what is for countless families the centenary of many a great uncle’s death, such as my own in September last, is not the first time this truly visionary poet has illuminated further our understanding of the horrors of war, in which 20,000 from the British Army were slaughtered on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 466 more words


Home thoughts about Winchester Poetry Festival

Leafing through the jottings in my Winchester Poetry Festival notebook, I see that I wrote down some of the comments Sinéad Morrissey made, before she read amazing poems, all new work, from her next collection (out in 2017).   775 more words


A Short Analysis of Simon Armitage's 'A Vision'

A critical reading of a contemporary poem

Simon Armitage, who was born in Yorkshire in 1963, is one of the most popular and widely studied living English poets. 804 more words