Square

Two poems …

I wrote a couple of poems . The first is my take on an ‘echo’ poem. The prompt was ‘edge’ so typically oblique, I made U2’s guitarist the subject. For the 2nd, a diamante poem, the prompts were a starting point of ‘young’ and an ending of ‘old’. The idea was a smooth transition from one to the other… … Continue readingTwo poems …

black and white linoprint headshot of a young Dylan Thomas looking downwards

Cento

From the Latin word for “patchwork,” the cento (or collage poem) is a poetic form made up of lines from poems by other poets. Though poets often borrow lines from other writers and mix them in with their own, a true cento is composed entirely of lines from other sources. Early examples can be found in the work of Homer and Virgil. Quite good company, huh?! … Continue readingCento

Spoon

Here’s a ‘concrete poem’ I wrote. Concrete, pattern, or shape poetry is … “poetry in which the typographical arrangement of words is as important in conveying the intended effect as the conventional elements of the poem, such as meaning of words, rhythm, rhyme, and so on. Judge for yourself if I managed it! … Continue readingSpoon

Sonnet

This poem was inspired by watching tv adverts showing shiny, happy people buying nice sofas, immediately followed by ‘Warzone’. ‘Warzone’ was a Channel 5 documentary series following the lives of British servicemen and women at Kandahar Airbase, Afghanistan. Amongst the team was a fire crew, who had put out a plane fire.. … Continue readingSonnet