The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Words’ by Jon Stainsby

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This Monday sees poet Jon Stainsby chosen for the second time, with his piece Words awarded Poem of the Week. Our congratulations to Jon, who is another of our contributors living outside the UK, and our thanks to him for his responses to our Q&A.


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A long time ago in the 1970s, I was listening to Marc Bolan and his group of the sixties, Tyrannosaurus Rex. He was writing songs and poetr...

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Leading spoken word event producers Fane Productions today announce plans for WORDS WEEKEND, a series of festivals the first of which will take place ...

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Until about a hundred years ago, the worth of a poem was measured by how noble and elevated was its subject and its manner of delivery, but with the a...

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Poets are often blessed and cursed with taking up a position at odds with public opinion. In and through their writing, they are often able to articul...

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¨One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing, that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one ¨.

On the 11 th day of the 1...

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I reviewed Jo Burns' pamphlet, Circling for Gods, for Magma and found it so fascinating that I simply had to learn more. Born in Northern Ireland in 1...

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‘Poets Out Loud’ has been running in Cockermouth since September 2017.  I spoke to Annie Kendall about how the night got started, and continues to gro...

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The first poem in the first poetry book I bought, way back in the early 1970s, consisted of two lines: “He breathed in air, he breathed out light./Cha...

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The use of pause breaks instead of punctuation was the first thing that struck me about this debut collection from West Midlands poetry workshop leade...

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