Poetry Blog by Maxine Rose Munro

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Greg Freeman on As merry a Christmas as we can make it (Thu, 17 Dec 2020 07:08 pm)

M.C. Newberry on Brevity and depth in poetry? (Sun, 20 Sep 2020 10:03 pm)

Tom on Missing my library (Mon, 31 Aug 2020 09:34 am)

M.C. Newberry on Missing my library (Mon, 31 Aug 2020 12:42 am)

Andy N on How life can alter your perception of a poem (Sun, 26 Jul 2020 06:59 pm)

As merry a Christmas as we can make it

Well, Christmas in lockdown is looming and there's nothing we can do about it. I hope that whatever the year has brought you, there was some joy. For me I found the most joy in the last month, December. November I was shortlisted for the Hedgehog Poetry Dialect pamphlet competition, which was bittersweet to say the least. The months previous I had various poetry successes. But December brought me ...

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Brevity and depth in poetry?

Today I typed ‘poetry’ into Google and clicked on the top search, and did so again a few times. Quite quickly I could see that what people want is short but deep poems about life. Says it all really. 

Personally, I’d like to only write short but deep poems about life, and I think I could be happy for a while reading only short but deep poems about life.  

I definitely could be happy reading ...

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Missing my library

How has Covid changed the way you live? Your local community? Many, many ways, probably.

One thing that has changed for me, one that I didn't expect to change quite so drastically, has been access to a library. I have none, and I don't know when/if I will again, which is heartbreaking. Libraries seem a magical, free service to us readers, but money is still required to keep them going. And Cov...

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That year I was published A LOT

2017 was the year I had 34 new poems published. It was also the year I realised 'published' did not equate with 'good' or even 'widely read'' For example, towards the end of that year I had a major success - a poem on a high-profile website. My twitter followers rocketed (though, let's be honest - this is poetry, so not by much). Two days later I had another poem out, one I was happy with but knew...

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How life can alter your perception of a poem

Today a poem of mine was published on Ink, Sweat & Tears, and it made me think about perception and how differing times can change the meaning of a poem, or strengthen it. My poem is called 'On the edge of the Arctic' and I wrote it before Covid-19 was even known about. It was a poem about the indomitable spirit of those living in extreme climates, based on my personal expereinces as a Shetlander....

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