Category Archives: poetry

Cotswolds bad driver ode #3

Ken White Overtakes like shite: Less of a driver, More of a blight.

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The purpose of art is to stop time

Our trip to London this weekend turned into very much a trip into its arts history. The Muybridge exhibition notwithstanding—that had been our original motivation for going—we spent most of our time looking at references to and images of long-dead … Continue reading

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This is just to advertise

From a passive-aggressive note: via rhodri, and with apologies to William Carlos Williams: We require someone on drums which explains this advert to which previous applicants may reapply except Graham Forgive us we can only handle so much loud cowbell.

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A strange young man called Dylan Thomas

A (possibly) hitherto-unknown letter from Dylan Thomas to his friend Vernon Watkins. Found in the attic. I’m not making this up.

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She also had a bear

Mary had a choriamb As her prosodic measure. Although it beat up anapests, ‘Twas but a pyrrhic pleasure. Anapests retaliate And spondee up your foot, Molossifying double iambs Till your rhyme’s kaput. (addedentry started all this.)

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Flowers care only about how they look to bees

The Poet Laura-eate provides two perspectives on the problem of the colour of one’s poppies. I tend these days to wear a red poppy. But then I’m not wearing it entirely for myself any more: I’m also wearing it for … Continue reading

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A poem about meeting rooms

What happens when an Oxford-based branch of a faceless multinational tries to be human and quirky: It would be too dull, said the powers that be, To name our three meeting rooms “A”, “B” and “C”! They had consultations, discussions, … Continue reading

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