Apparently we’re currently experiencing a resurgence in poetry. This by my reckoning/The Guardian is the second such resurgence in just under 10 years. Naturally I have not been involved in either resurgence but should I ever return to world of spoken word, it’s safe to say that it will be the beginning of the end for poetry. And I don’t want to worry anyone riding the gravy train that is poetry but over the last couple of years I’ve built up a mini collection of new poems…. Watch this space!!
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The other day my old world met with my current one as I escorted GCSE students to Poetry Live, where they could see what successful poets look like.
At the event Carol Ann Duffy explained how she completes a poem. She will write a draft and then about 6 re-writes. If she’s not busy (doing other things like Poetry Live) that will take about a week. These days with my lack of time and other commitments, it takes me about 2 years to finish a poem. That’s just one of the many reasons I was in the audience and not on the stage.
Tues 12th June is starting to look like a historic day. Not only is Donald Trump set to meet Kim Jong-un but I am reading a few new poems at a night of spoken word in Crystal Palace. It’s not for me to say which is the bigger event but if any talent spotters or members of the public are out and about in the area come to
The Ungoverned Tongue, at Numidie Bar 48 Westow Hill, SE19 1RX.
8:30pm Free Entry.
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I’ve always assumed that my poems appealed to a younger demographic but the other day I performed a couple of new poems to what could be described as an older audience and they were received well.
It would appear from the feedback the audience were able to relate to my new poems about ageing and being skint.
So perhaps my appeal is universal (smiley face).
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My management team have told me I should start writing poetry again. They’ve assured me there’s money in it and my brand of pop poetry (easily accessible) will go down well. So I went off to a writing retreat (my bedroom) to come up with the future of poetry. The only problem was that for some reason that I’ve yet to workout why the subjects I was coming up with were, losing in life, being skint and getting old.
I’m not sure how my management team will view them.
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When I used to do poetry workshops in prisons before and after 2010 there were definitely less riots and general violence in prisons.
Some people might say this is because the government have cut the number of prison officers. Others may point to the fact experienced officers have been replaced with young and inexperienced officers, who are unable to deal as effectively with such circumstances. Some may say that the above reasons has meant that prisoners are being locked up for upto 23 hours a day leading to justified resentment. Others may say we send too many people to prison in the first place.
I on the other hand am saying the increase in prison violence is down to my lack of poetry workshops. So confident of my abilities that during the next prison riots I want the governor to ring me and I will guarantee to calm the situation within 2 hours with a mix of word association games and a few clever rhymes. I await the call.
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I’ve recently finished reading ‘The Nowhere Men’ by Michael Calvin. It’s an insightful look at the role of football scouts. It has made me wonder if other sectors have a worldwide network seeking out talent. For example, are there stats people as we speak trawling through blogs and podcasts, configurating the consistency of content?
Last week at work I was invigilating. This gave me a lot of time to sit and think. One result of this sitting and thinking was that I wrote a poem called, ‘The Nowhere Men’. (see below)
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The Nowhere Men.
The nowhere men,
have nowhere to go.
So they plough the fields,
again and again.
The nowhere men,
have little to show
for all their toil.
Still hoping diamonds will grow,
in the long since plundered soil.
Replaced by apps,
that read stats
The nowhere men are considered a dying breed.
The nowhere men continue to dream.