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I started writing poems in 2011 and find it an excellent hobby. 

Where I live is in France, but I am English.

My poetic philosophy is this -

Understatement in poetry gives more to think about than overstatement.

What Do We Want From A Poem?

Blog Posted:3/16/2017 1:45:00 PM


My Answer - Not Necessarily Imagery

Imagery is not the only criteria for a good poem, and indeed many good poems don't have this.  It is such a shame that SHOW, DON'T TELL is a reminder on some sites, as it doesn't take account of intellectual poems.  The latter is a far more rewarding type to compose and it doesn't have the "look at me - aren't I wonderful?", "forced to be beautiful" presentation in the imagery at all costs poem.  If I want to see a beautiful lake, I can see one in a photo or painting or in real life.  Any of those will do a better job than words.  Words have primarily an intellectual, not descriptive purpose, I would argue.  There is such a thing as an adjectival overload in poems.




to misquote a footle I once saw.

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My Past Blog Posts

What Do We Want From A Poem?
Date Posted: 3/16/2017 1:45:00 PM
"Someone, or Something, Replaceable" - please put contest title after your poem.
Date Posted: 3/12/2017 5:29:00 AM
Mark Massey has put music to my "Song For Beulah" and it's now embedded on my poem page.
Date Posted: 2/25/2017 11:20:00 AM
Touch and Go - Flash Fiction
Date Posted: 11/24/2016 3:27:00 AM
My example poem is posted, called "Party At Nora's Nosh".
Date Posted: 10/17/2016 11:47:00 AM
Date Posted: 8/22/2016 2:41:00 AM
REGRETTING CAKE - Winners Chosen
Date Posted: 8/14/2016 1:47:00 PM
Date Posted: 8/13/2016 2:15:00 PM
Date Posted: 8/2/2016 7:53:00 AM
At The Footbridge - Winners Chosen
Date Posted: 7/26/2016 7:13:00 AM
Second Try or Second Chance Contests - A Request to Judges
Date Posted: 6/6/2016 4:35:00 AM
Thinking about Last Line Prompt - 2
Date Posted: 6/2/2016 9:28:00 AM
Date Posted: 12/18/2015 12:27:00 AM
Date Posted: 12/9/2015 12:21:00 PM

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3/20/2017 JADED IN FOG Juejufun,
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3/15/2017 Sheila, Sister of Sheona Quatraincute love,love,
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3/9/2017 If Wishes Were Horses Light Poetryhorse,
3/9/2017 KITE Verseflying,
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3/8/2017 JULY - Reposted Versejuly,
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2/28/2017 Friendship Coupletfriendship,
2/28/2017 The School of Eternal Youth Light Poetryinspirational,joy,
2/28/2017 Toothpaste Tube Versefeelings,
2/28/2017 What Doesn't Kill Us Dramatic Versedeath,
2/27/2017 Evil Grin Haibunfuture,
2/24/2017 Quote's Paradigm Versetime,
2/24/2017 Sylvan Fruits Versefruit,
2/22/2017 Blossoming Tree Trioletbeauty,tree,
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2/20/2017 Sexy Expletive Haikuclothes,sexy,
2/18/2017 Immortal I do not know?identity,
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2/18/2017 Heartbreak Verseheartbreak,
2/17/2017 Dude ---- Rhymetravel,
2/17/2017 Variance Versemental illness,
2/17/2017 Stretching Cats Coupletcat,imagery,
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2/13/2017 A Warning Shapebetrayal,
2/12/2017 Tricks Senryujobs,
2/12/2017 A Castle Outline Versesuicide,
2/11/2017 Yours Truly Versebaseball,black african am
2/9/2017 A Black Hole Rhymedark,deep,fear,metaphor,
2/9/2017 Green Steps Free verseappreciation,imagery,
2/7/2017 A Nun Sat Me Down Verselife,men,poetry,
2/7/2017 A Chocolate Sponge Wedding Cake Rhymechocolate,food,humorous,w
2/7/2017 STAY LONELY Rhymeanger,heartbreak,leaving,
2/5/2017 The Drought Haikuweather,
2/5/2017 Stupefaction Haikuanimal,violence,
2/5/2017 Playing Football Limerickboy,car,father son,footba
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2/5/2017 Follow me to the Potatoes Didacticfood,
2/4/2017 Beyond the Beakers Free versedrink,fun,
2/4/2017 The Poet's Pluck - Thomas Hardy Quatrainadventure,
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2/3/2017 Celesta Rhymemusic,
2/2/2017 Happiness Begins In Bly Monorhymehappiness,
2/2/2017 The Washer Woman Haibunmystery,new york,
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1/31/2017 Said to Carl Free versehow i feel,sea,
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1/30/2017 Sweetened News Free verseirony,
1/30/2017 If Earth Became Sugar Lyricgod,magic,prayer,
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1/29/2017 I am an ant of hope Personificationhow i feel,insect,
1/28/2017 Stepping Through Time Narrativedance,
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1/25/2017 Diamonds In The Night Light Poetrystars,symbolism,
1/25/2017 Summer Clover Versedepression,flower,meaning
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1/24/2017 My Valentine Limerickvalentines day,
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