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40 Sonnets by Don Paterson

I was given the book, 40 Sonnets by Don Paterson as a birthday gift by a friend. I enjoy the form of the sonnet and this modern collection is exquisite. Don Paterson is regarded as one of the most skilled formal poets writing in English today. He has won an intimidating array of Forward Prizes including …

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Owersettin by A C Clarke, Maggie Rabatski and Sheila Templeton

There is a poetry group in the village that meets once a month, led by my friend Ruth. We meet to share poetry we enjoy and some of us write poetry too. Occassionally, Ruth calls upon her wide variety of poet friends to come along and read some of their work to us. Last month, …

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Poems by Maya Angelou

It was my friend Maureen who introduced me to Maya Angelou’s poetry when she gave me a copy of her book, Poems, some years ago. I am surprised to see that I have not yet reviewed the book, because it is one of my constant companions.  Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil …

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Writer vs Author and Why I Want to be Both by guest author Teresa Morse

Teresa Morse is a writer of YA fantasy and poetry. She was awarded the first place prize in Original Poetry at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in 2013. She lives in Kansas with her husband and works from home as a transcript editor. When she’s not writing, she bakes, plays with her pug, and …

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Poems by guest author Ruth Grant

February small white delicate flowers slender stems in tiny clusters they appear in February sweeping away the dullness of winter, snowdrops an invitation to celebrate Valentine lovers wax eloquent run to the letter box eagerly searching intimate scribbles on perfumed paper romance in the air will it be there a quick glance a smile of …

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The Nation’s Favourite Poems with Forward by Griff Rhys Jones

For the first time ever, the book of the month for my local book group was a book of poetry.  There is a poetry group in the village too, but this book was chosen for the book group, not the poetry group. There was some dissension in the ranks on this basis. I belong to …

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Writing the poem Ripening by guest author Sheila Templeton

Thank you Val, for inviting me to write for your blog. In our discussion about what might be interesting for your readers, we came up with the idea that I might go through the steps of working on a poem. I’ve chosen my poem Ripening, because it won first prize in the McLellan Poetry Competition …

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Slow Road Home, Poems by Sheila Templeton

Those of you who are familiar with my reviews will know that Sheila Templeton is one of my favourite poets. I last heard her reading when she appeared with Michael Malone at Tidelines in the village. What a great combination! That evening I picked up a collection of Michael’s poems In The Raw, reviewed here https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/in-the-raw-by-michael-malone/ …

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In The Raw by Michael Malone

Originally, as a child, I loved poetry. The rhythm and rhymes and playing with words. However,like many people, poetry for me was ruined at High School. For years, I avoided it. It would not be too far from the truth to say I really despised this form of writing. Then I met my friend, Ruth. …

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The Resurrectionist by James Bradley

James Bradley hales from Adelaide, Australia.  He is the author of three novels. This one, The Resurrectionist explores the murky world of underground anatomists in Victorian England.  He has also written a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus, and edited The Penguin Book of the Ocean and Blur, a collection of stories by young Australian writers.  Bradley also writes and reviews for …

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