Roger McGough and Brian Patten, two of the original Mersey Poets, have contributed work to a new community anthology. They, along with Adrian Henri, found fame in the 1960s with their book The Mersey Sound, which is said to have brought poetry down from the shelf and onto the streets. Their work was hugely influential, and they have retained this ethos ever since.
They have collaborat...
Wednesday 6th September 2023 1:05 pm
Poem scribbled into my phone
is my best and new number one.
Can’t believe I’m so in the zone,
where in space did that come from?
Hit me with extraordinary pace,
ideas strident, in avalanche flow,
filling the bright white open space,
the right words set up to glow.
Me witness to growing perfection,
and conduit without choice.
Happens so rare...
Monday 4th September 2023 3:00 pm
What is often ignored or overlooked by academics is the vast amount of occult and magical references in Shakespeare's plays and poetry to the art of astrology, alchemy and magic. Qudos Academy examines in detail the "Bard's" interest in Neo-Platonic Symbolism from the time.
Tuesday 29th August 2023 10:15 am
I am sorry to announce,
but my long awaited
has been branded
and is at risk
of not coming out.
say it won't deliver
a poetic replan
should cut the
quatrains to haikus.
and the limerick (below)
is the only...
Monday 14th August 2023 1:19 pm
When your times become tough,
and your road ahead is rough.
And all your brilliant thoughts,
Have come out to noughts.
And then uncertainties begin -
Just find the time to look within.
When you're searching for the track -
You had missed somewhere back.
And leaden of foot, tired and sore -
You feel lost and venture no more.
Then, to start moving afresh again;
Wednesday 9th August 2023 6:05 pm
Amidst silence of thousand voices
Arrived a shooting star,
Gazing right at us
Proving everything destiny.
Tuesday 8th August 2023 7:48 am
once stood a great warrior
of malice and pride
with no battle too bloody
for his hungering eyes
his blade, sharp and stained
stood tall at his side
left in its wake
only dead men would lie
then, in the distance
that red, setting sun
gave a glimpse to the man
of the deeds he had done
the crimson and black
was all he could see
he saw not the...
Monday 24th July 2023 9:26 am
Sing and dance before the last leaf falls
Energy flows in swirls and zig zags
Assuage your worries and soak in the golden hues
Silent is the moon pirouetting across our night sky
Oh! Where did half our year go?
Notice the liminal spaces before and after the cold
Seasons will blow our pages to turn and turn.
Sunday 9th July 2023 12:43 pm
The only thing that is left,
After people die.
Is an essence all bereft,
Of every earthly lie.
Friday 7th July 2023 8:09 am
—- I don’t know how many of them there are. ‘enough to keep things guarded.’ you say I’m protected down to my every breath, but my thoughts scatter like a broken hourglass to that same place in the mind that weakens the immune system. and I don’t know how many there are lurking in the far beyond of that creviced awareness. your shadow grows the longer you hold me in-between the spaces of it. I spe...
Wednesday 5th July 2023 5:10 pm
Merseyside poets and musicians performed their environmental anthology last week at Liverpool’s beautiful Victorian Palm House in Sefton Park. Led by Michelle Wright, Barry Woods and Ali Harwood, the event covered ocean pollution, global warming and rainforest reduction, with contributions from many local poets and some first time writers from local schools.
Tuesday 4th July 2023 9:51 am
He thought in prose everyday.
And in prose he made his way.
His head held the heart in check.
The heart had no choice to make.
Often it would in a silent mourn -
Stifle a sigh and a silent groan!
His head preferred nothing less.
The heart kept trying nevertheless.
Then deep inside he heard it's voice.
One day thus he made the choice.
And to hi...
Sunday 2nd July 2023 6:51 am
Some fragments of time.
Some moments sublime.
Some lingering thoughts.
Some yeses and noughts.
Some presence so dear.
Some laughter to share.
Some instants of grief.
Some feelings too deep.
Some tasks to be done,
Till there are none.
Suvendra C Dasgupta
Saturday 1st July 2023 3:13 am
From the subconscious mind,
Came a memory lost behind.
It reminded me of, gently then,
A music pure and fresh as rain.
I felt the tunes play in my soul.
The familiar melody to enthrall.
So long lost in the layers of time,
Heard it again - just as pristine!
Then back it went to nethermind.
A caressing whisper it left behind.
I felt it then - with some surpris...
Friday 30th June 2023 3:58 am
Walking in the rain all alone.
Tripping thru' nature's home.
On the stage of the field ahead,
the water drops perform.
The trees murmur, sing and rejoice.
With the rains they found their voice.
No keening wail in tempests wry,
but a happy voice in joyous cry,
of nature reborn.
Walking in the rain all alone.
I need no friend, for company.
I want no body to come...
Thursday 29th June 2023 10:40 am
Oh! How fast the times did really fly!
Those days of yore no more near by.
The distant days under a distant sun,
And distant thoughts only half begun.
Thinking over and over what I should,
In those distant moments of solitude.
And distant words - faint echoes now.
Some distant dreams had died somehow!
Those faded prints from a distant spell,
Thursday 29th June 2023 4:33 am
If poetry be the food of love, write on!
If it be food for freedom, then kick off!
If you care aught for poetry Write Out Loud!
If you care aught for love then stay not quiet!
If you care aught for freedom, then kick off!
If you will fight with me then you are on!
Monday 12th June 2023 1:37 pm
Title: Valley of Doubt
Shadows speak to you in tongues. Even the light of truth yields to the thicket of no trust.
Wednesday 24th May 2023 4:45 pm
what you fear is fear itself
what you fear is rain itself
what you fear is the rain of destruction
destruction rain down on destruction
fear rain down on fear
destiny come calling
destiny come calling on fear
destiny come calling on rain
fear come calling on fear
desire is worth a lion’s tail
desire is worth a lion’s fear
desire is worth a lion’s destiny
desire is worth a lion’s dest...
Thursday 18th May 2023 7:16 pm
through the muck
through the dirt and the dust,
the nails and worms
for a glimpse of success
a meal for his minutes spent
on the water’s edge
for his tireless toil
as his bucket fills
alongside his hope
leaving his spirits all the same
For his catch does not ...
Wednesday 26th April 2023 6:43 am
Universal consciousness is omnipresent
— living vicariously, we too are one - and the same,
Having the time of our lives
all knowing— enlightened divine sparks
This is a way of life:
Anatomic amino acid building blocks chain letters,
into the complex double helix;
in our initials is a chemical signature—me and my significant other have between us—
this bond, that
Saturday 15th April 2023 3:43 pm
science zoom in on a disturbance
science zoom in on a lens of the universe
science disturb the lens of the universe
science create or disturb the lens of the universe
science create or zoom in on the lens of creativity
creativity zoom in on creativity
creativity is a lens of creativity
the universe create the lens of creativity
disturbance zoom in on disturbance
to zoom is to zoom in on...
Thursday 6th April 2023 7:36 pm
speech of a term is speech of a speech
speech is speech of a speech
speech is speech of america
america is a figure of speech
speech is a term of speech
speech is a term of america
america is a term of america
america is a beauty of a beautiful speech
beauty is beauty of a magnificent speech
beauty is beauty of a magnificent term of speech
a beautiful america is the beauty of america
Monday 20th February 2023 7:35 pm
I find myself wanting to call you
A lot more often than I should
Considering the fact that I ended it
I miss you dearly
Sunday 12th February 2023 8:12 pm
Tired of being here
Stuck in a frozen
Tired of waiting
For a voice
That is impossible
Is like a curse
It is an ice
On my left shoulder
It is a melting alibi
Makes me say good-bye
To the little hope
Beating in my chest
Tired of asking
With no responses
Tired of seeking
Turns every corner...
Sunday 5th February 2023 4:11 pm
my way or the highway
my way or the heartache
my way or minus the highway
my way or minus the heartache
minus the heartache,minus the highway
minus the soul,minus the heartache
minus the soul,plus the soul
minus the soul,plus the heartache
the mind,body is a plus of the soul
minus the soul,minus the body,plus the mind
plus the mind,plus the body,minus the soul
minus the soul is plus t...
Saturday 4th February 2023 6:16 pm
I am surrounded with the ghosts
Each and every day I blame
The heartless bodies on my toes
I am surrounded by some dust
That has always been in their eyes
They look but just cannot see
That their life is full of lies
Do you ever wanna be surrounded by the mud
Wherein their souls are stuck
Shall we draw this sharp line once again
Between our minds that have already g...
Thursday 2nd February 2023 5:16 pm
within the range of your eyes
with the residue of love
like the mist descending
in your heart:
-is my walk!
and still I’m walking
with the lonely steps
of every single person on earth.
-from down memory lane......
is love haunted always by betrayal?
like dusk masking the sky?
or we make the error to fathom
each other's terror?
decide to cover up the past...
Sunday 29th January 2023 5:13 pm
mankind is a old tale
mankind is a old tale of respect
mankind is a wise old tale
mankind is a wise old respect
respect is a wise old respect
respect is a wise old tale of respect
honor of mankind is kindness of mankind
respect is a kindness respect
respect is a kindness old tale of respect
in honor of respect is in honor of mankind
a old tale is a wise old tale
a old tale is a wise o...
Thursday 19th January 2023 7:46 pm
from heaven to grace
from heaven to speaking grace
speak is speaking grace
speak is speaking the lord of grace
jesus is a lord of grace
speaking grace is speaking the lord of grace
grace is speaking grace
a son is a son of grace
a son is a son of the lord
jesus is a son of grace
jesus is a son of the lord
a son of grace is a son of a lord
heaven is a founding grace
a son of grace is...
Thursday 5th January 2023 6:39 pm