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"Poetic Rules! Are you really serious?

Rules a plenty and all so we can maintain order of our art of thought
Express yourself through a template that someone else just published
Middle class lives, aspired and achieved and desired and lived
I will give you 50 lines today and 50 lines tomorrow and 50 more on your fucking birthday

No more romance without some cash and an agreement now 
Negotiate in the car or bar or online, but no...

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Your Tune.

In the creases of a crumpled T-shirt,
the darkening orbit of an orange pasta stain,
the unhinged playfulness of bright and living eyes…
the golden curls like mazes of cornfields – no way out –
The type you just want to twist around your finger –
I noticed you.
In the unrestrained laughter,
I would recall each word that tumbled from your lips
And hang on them, swing from them,
like branche...

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Brittle Star competition extended to 18th March

We're giving you more time to enter Brittle Star's poetry and short fiction writing competition! Extended to 18 March.

Judges: George Szirtes (poetry), Alison Moore (short fiction) and Jacqueline Gabbitas (poetry & short fiction).

Enter online or by post, for further details go to:

Or contact us for an entery form.


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Fancy That!

Fancy That!

'Sue fancies Bill.
Bill fancies Tim.
Tim fancies Jane.
Jane fancies Jim.

Jim fancies Kate.
Kate fancies Anne.
Anne fancies Pete,
and Pete fancies Sam.

Sam fancies Rob,
but who fancies you?'

'Mum, I don't care,
while I'm having a poo!'

Would you like the chance to win a £10 Amazon Gift Voucher?If so, then enter an original short funny poem of 12 lines or less by mid...

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OpenMind: Slamming September Poster

Take a look at the poster for our OpenMind: Slamming September event at Fuel on Monday 24th September.



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ENTER THE LOSTOCK! Poetry Lostock is poetry sailing down a river one childhood. Poetry Lostock is writing poems on the back of imaginary upturned boats. Poetry Lostock is invisible verse made transparent. Birds above the Lostock see birds inside the Lostock. Do you remember that summer? me you and the boy with the mad hair on a dingy...we ...

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Themed Poetry Competition

Hello Poets,

I've not been able to get hold of Anna since she won January's themed-poetry competition last week so I thought I'd throw it open for someone to suggest and run the next one... I guess first one to post the competition's theme and an outline of how it will work - go for it...

You can grab the rules outline (which I took from the previous comp) here: CHILDHOOD

I'm ...

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