1. we lived on earth as humble bards all scribbled lines and wine glass shards bitter taste, tattoos and scars of long-lost poems we used to write the ones that kept us up all night and never seemed to turn out right 2. we fumbled and began untying knots of words, and gave up trying […]

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 […]