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Hello to all friends of Poetry

My name is Kevin Shaw I was born in Ilkley, West Yorkshire in 1955 I now live in Huddersfield and have done for almost 40 years.Married with 3 grown up children and 8 Grandchildren.

I have always enjoyed poetry but only started writing it quite recently. I don't take my poetry to seriously, but it's a hobby and a lot of fun.

My writing and composition could be described as childlike or naïve, looking at life in a quirky way through verse and rhyme. Most of the poems blossomed from a random thought or line, sometimes it makes sense but usually it doesn’t. I like to play with words and enjoy Limericks and nonsense. One or two of my poems are reflective or reminiscent, but hopefully never too personal that they can’t be enjoyed by all.

I rarely write Prose and to be honest, find this form of poetry difficult to read. Prose is often deep, dark, a little bit cryptic. I like my Poetry to be in the main upbeat and joyful.I must admit however, to liking and writing Bittersweet stories.

You will find that most of my poetry is in four line Stanzas, with relatvely equal line length.I find it easier to both write and read in this format. I have written a few Haiku style poems as they are quite challenging.

Inspired by Edward Lear’s book of nonsense and the zany surreal world of Spike Milligan. Other comedic influences are Monty Python, Not the Nine O’clock News, Tommy Cooper, The Goon Show and Lewis Carrolls' Alice stories.

Kind Regards

Kevin

 


White Space

Blog Posted:10/30/2019 8:35:00 AM

White Space, poets love white space

I have published several poetry books and take a lot of care to make the layout visually appealing. Usually left aligned, sometimes right for variation and occasionally centre aligned for poems of unequal line length. I try to avoid double spacing as i find it sits awkwardly on the page. I like to use "White Space" to good effect in presenting my poems.

I was in my local library yesterday looking at poetry book layouts and was surprised just how many of them were in my opinion not set out well. Text tight against the left margin and barely reaching the centre of the page. Fonts were too small, on several page spreads you might have 4 or 5 verses on one page and a final verse on a page all on its own.

Perhaps I am talking rubbish, afterall its the content that is most important, but I do still think a good visual layout is ppealing.

I have submitted a short poem entitled "White Space" just a bit of light fun, please give it a read.

Kindest regards to all

Kevin

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Date: 11/8/2019 1:18:00 PM
Ciao Kevin I agree with your view of typography. So much is now published online, perhaps the limitations of that medium are partly the cause of problems in printed matter. I recently read Ginsberg's "Howl" and "A Supermarket in California" here on PS and saw the typesetting was different from both of my print versions: my copy printed by City Lights (1959) as authoritative and my copy of "Collected Poems" (2006). Ferlinghetti (or was it Allen?) mentioned that both are folded due to the book format. You may be interested in two books on typography: Jan Tschichold's "The Form of the Book" and Robert Bringhurst's "The Elements of Typographic Style." Regards, Beto
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Date: 10/31/2019 11:31:00 AM
Hi Kevin,Slightly digressing your point perhaps the most innovative use of 'white space' poetically was by Gael Turnbull(1928-2004,a Scottish doctor-poet created the Spaces form in his collection Briefly (1967) a two line poem with a larger than usual white space between the lines Turnbull called poems using his device ‘Spaces’, and noted of these ‘The visual “space” is,a pause or hesitation, even a temporary dislocation of attention’. In my imagism SPACES form it has a integral title and 'three lines' ,the middle being blank and left to the readers imagination. I labelled it 'spaces' as the middle line ie unsaid poignant pause or image is left to the reader to 'fill in' as they read.Here is my imagist link thereof CATCH 22/a window pane shatters/..............................(white space)............../nobody makes a home run CATCH 22 link to see the white space therein is at https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/spaces-catch-22_131404
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Date: 10/30/2019 8:57:00 AM
Hi Kevin, I am very big on presentation, if a poem is not presented well it takes away from the words in my opinion, I really dislike white spaces at the top and bottom of poems, perhaps a posting issue? But you are talking about intentional white space, well I like unique layouts so I may be guilty of white space at times, but to me in a book one page should be dedicated to one poem and any flow over still dedicated to that one poem. But I have seen in books exactly what you are talking about. Now I will go read your poem ! I did, loved it !
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My Past Blog Posts

 
White Space
Date Posted: 10/30/2019 8:35:00 AM
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My Recent Poems

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11/8/2019 Butterscotch Breezes Epigramsweet,word play,
11/5/2019 Poppy for a Conscientious Objector Rhymeangst,courage,military,wo
10/30/2019 White Space Rhymepoets,writing,
10/25/2019 Verses full of stuff and nonsense Rhymenonsense,silly,surreal,wo
10/21/2019 The Impossible Dream Fibonaccidestiny,dream,life,
10/20/2019 Very Offensive Poem Rhymeanger,political,racism,
10/14/2019 Anxious Rhymeanxiety,
10/14/2019 This House Rhymeage,angst,care,mental ill
10/9/2019 Water Feature Rhymeanimal,garden,nonsense,si
10/9/2019 Goldilocks Rhymeearth,planet,space,univer
10/9/2019 Mysteries of the Universe Rhymecreation,sky,space,stars,
10/9/2019 My Name is Deadly Nightshade Rhymedeath,desire,flower,fruit
10/4/2019 The Hypnotist Rhymeeducation,psychological,
10/4/2019 The Man who lives in the Moon Rhymehumorous,moon,word play,
9/6/2019 Perfect Imperfections Free versefreedom,friendship love,m
9/5/2019 The Lumberjacks Song Rhymenature,rainforest,tree,
9/4/2019 Armageddon Rhymeatheist,destiny,earth,wor
9/3/2019 Serendipity Rhymeclothes,happy,jobs,smile,
9/1/2019 Brushstrokes Rhymeappreciation,art,
8/29/2019 Skimming a Rainbow Rhymeappreciation,art,nature,r
8/28/2019 Old Man of Crewe Limericknonsense,silly,word play,
8/28/2019 13:13 to Glasgow Rhymehumor,irony,travel,
8/26/2019 The Fear Free versehow i feel,spiritual,
8/20/2019 New Love Song Rhymeboyfriend,girlfriend,humo
8/20/2019 The New Diet Rhymechange,food,health,life,
8/15/2019 Poet Wanted Rhymehumor,poems,poetry,word p
8/14/2019 Monstrous Steel Structures Free verseenvironment,ocean,politic
8/5/2019 Waterfowl Trio Haikubird,life,water,
8/5/2019 Concrete Jungle Rhymecorruption,environment,
8/5/2019 Mesopotamia Rhymeconflict,holiday,travel,w
8/5/2019 Seat B12 in the quiet coach Rhymeangst,travel,
7/28/2019 Abattoir Away day Rhymeanimal,food,how i feel,
7/15/2019 North Carolina Limerickamerica,dance,humor,sad,
7/15/2019 Tardigrade in the Miniverse Rhymenature,
7/15/2019 Coming of age Rhymegrowing up,love,
7/15/2019 Night Music Rhymeappreciation,emotions,mus
7/10/2019 A Vegetable Story Rhymefood,humor,light,
7/10/2019 Suicide Sonnetdepression,suicide,
6/25/2019 God is a Bully Sonnetangst,god,religion,war,
6/8/2019 Mark Twain Rhymeappreciation,
6/8/2019 The Horizon Verseimagery,sea,sky,
6/8/2019 Perfection Odeappreciation,tribute,word
6/5/2019 When I was only Eight Rhymechildhood,memory,remember
6/5/2019 Ten Pence Coin Rhymeadventure,appreciation,hu
6/5/2019 New Zealand Limerickimmigration,people,
6/5/2019 Flat Earthers Rhymecreation,earth,science,
5/22/2019 The Meaning of Life Rhymehappy,how i feel,life,tru
5/16/2019 Away with the Fairies Rhymedream,fantasy,fun,nonsens
5/2/2019 Red Squirrel Rhymeanimal,nature,peace,seaso
5/2/2019 Champagne Corks and Ticker Tape Rhymeangst,how i feel,
4/30/2019 Pawns Tetractyswisdom,
4/30/2019 Sincere Apology Rhymehow i feel,
4/30/2019 Seven Deadly Verses of Sin Rhymeanger,death,emotions,lust
4/27/2019 99 Years old Epigramage,humorous,old,parents,
4/27/2019 Waterway Life Rhymeappreciation,celebration,
4/19/2019 Sunday Morning Creation Rhymecreation,god,humor,
4/19/2019 Charles Darwins House Rhymeappreciation,science,
4/18/2019 Haiku Seasons Haikunature,
4/18/2019 An Unusual Poem for Easter Rhymeanalogy,easter,philosophy
4/12/2019 Miracles Cannot Happen Rhymeallusion,atheist,conflict
4/10/2019 Pink Pirate Limerick Limerickfun,word play,
3/16/2019 21 Syllables Free verseriddle,
3/11/2019 It's Alright to Cry Rhymecry,smile,
3/11/2019 When I'm 64 Rhymechildhood,fun,memory,musi
3/11/2019 The Fire Rhymeloss,memory,sad,
3/11/2019 Nine Syllables Coupletnonsense,word play,
2/25/2019 The Bucket List Rhymeholiday,travel,
2/14/2019 Bugler Rhymefun,music,nonsense,silly,
2/14/2019 To see the Northern Lights Rhymebeauty,inspiration,word p
1/28/2019 National Gallery London Rhymeappreciation,art,imagery,
1/28/2019 Prussian Blue Rhymeart,character,color,satir
1/28/2019 Happy Place Rhymeenvironment,happiness,how
1/28/2019 Blonde Moment Rhymefun,nonsense,silly,
1/28/2019 Cello Seduction Rhymebeautiful,music,sensual,
1/16/2019 Ageless Free versedeep,memory,perspective,
1/6/2019 Frost Limerick Limerickart,winter,
12/19/2018 I Hate the Cold Rhymewinter,
12/17/2018 Help Homeless for life, not just at Christmas Political Verseangst,christmas,how i fee
11/30/2018 Dancer knows the answer Limerickchristmas,december,fun,ti
11/30/2018 Circle of Life Rhymeautumn,life,nature,rememb
11/12/2018 Childhood Theme Park Rhymeadventure,appreciation,ch
10/28/2018 Homeless Alexander Rhymeappreciation,lonely,pover
10/25/2018 Halloween Pumpkin Rhymenonsense,nursery rhyme,si
10/22/2018 Anthem for a Veggie Rhymeanimal,food,how i feel,
10/17/2018 Remembering the Eighties Rhymefeelings,music,nostalgia,
10/17/2018 Not Sleeping Just Resting my Eyes Rhymelove,marriage,memory,rela
10/15/2018 Three Wishes Rhymestrength,trust,wisdom,
10/14/2018 Set Sail in my Camper Van Rhymedesire,dream,fantasy,reti
10/11/2018 Dead Man's Prologue Rhymedeath of a friend,friend,
10/10/2018 Marmalade Trees Rhymecreation,funny,nonsense,s
10/10/2018 Utopia, New World Futurism Rhymefuture,science fiction,te
10/9/2018 Conspiracy Theories Rhymeearth,political,universe,
10/8/2018 Alice in Unreality Land Rhymecharacter,confusion,nonse
9/27/2018 Scabby Knees and Chimney Smoke Rhymeemotions,life,memory,reme
9/14/2018 I pondered lonely in a crowd Rhymeparody,poems,
9/13/2018 Mick Jagger Epigramfun,music,old,silly,word
9/11/2018 Ideomotor Effect Rhymeatheist,how i feel,senses
9/5/2018 The Great British seaside resort Free versedrink,holiday,sea,vacatio
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