Poetry in the Music

I came to poetry through music. My mother was very musical and loved to sing. She had a broad taste and, instead of lullabies, she would perform popular songs of the day to get me to sleep, songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra; Harry Belafonte’s ‘Scarlet Ribbons’ (which reminds me of mum) and […]

Whispering Walls at Dragon Hall

I am named after a dragon carved on one of my rafters in fourteen twenty seven. I started life proud and tall, born from a thousand English oaks as a medieval trading hall. I was a shop, warehouse and meeting place for wealthy traders of wines and spices, worsted cloth and pottery, conjuring money in their finery. […]

Freya Pickard’s Poetry

Today, at around midday, the wonderful Freya Pickard is launching her first collection of poetry, Insides, over on her website: http://dragonscaleclippings.wordpress.com. She has made a video for the launch, which you can view on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ddrtrfjQD0. I’ve already downloaded the e-book from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Insides-Dragonscale-Delvings-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01M2UQAWJ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1476082413&sr=8-3&keywords=freya+pickard. If you haven’t read any of Freya’s work before, I suggest […]

Pressing Poetry

My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #124, also linked to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Tuesday Platform Image by Ronny Garcia Moron “For poems are like rainbows; they escape you quickly.” —Langston Hughes, The Big Sea   I press poems to my naked skin; they escape so quickly I must anchor them with pen and […]

Love in a Minor Key

My response to dVerse Poets Pub 5 Year Celebration Poetry and Painting Embrace: We Can’t Forget Claudia Schoenfeld In part 2 of the 5th anniversary celebration Victoria chatted with Claudia Schoenfeld, co-founder of the dVerse poetry community. I found it hard to choose one of Claudia’s paintings for inspiration, but finally went for the piano in the following […]

Early Morning Exaltation

My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics : Poetry is for the Birds, inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29: “the lark at break of day arising / From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate”.   Up with the lark’s early morning exaltation of exclamation curlicues and marks that punctuate the sky thrillingly trilling high above open fields […]