Poetry Blog by Stockport WoL (2016)

December Collage Poem: Disappointment - Part 2

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Crossing over reflections

Mirroring his own life


Life is disappointing; but love is always

beautiful, even across dreary railway tracks

kniving through his childhood


Hair kissed under Homeric stars

Whatever the weather.


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December Collage Poem: Disappointment - Part 1

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The difference is disappointment

drowning in a child's mouth


Ladies for tea please leave

that tasty last cake for me!


Brought back to life,

but find nothing but silent blackness


A smile, a nod, generosity and warmth

I haven't been disappointed


The Beatles all white album

on a railway platform

summer is in their eyes

too full of chocolate and ins...

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Norman Names Still Considerably Richer

This is the research about Norman names alluded to in the November meeting:

People with "Norman" surnames like Darcy and Mandeville are still wealthier than the general population 1,000 years after their descendants conquered Britain:




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November 2016 Collage Poem: Forking Paths

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Sand to page to gentle water

Grey on grey you greasepaint dogs

Cold spirits recorded: lists of names


Swans are swathed in chiffon

Whilst bombs kill buildings:

The art of war

Casked in delights

Of stale Big Mac meals


I don't like bringing religion

Into this but Jesus said to the sick

'Take up your beds and walk!' Well I say

'Put down your blades and talk!'


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November 16th Creative Network Meeting

Katherine was hugely impressed by the Art Gallery pieces collected for the November 16 event.

She will print them all out so the attendees at the Creative Network Meeting can take them away to read.

Please can Dorinda, Nicola, Linda and Nigel all read their poems out.  If Linda could please read The Wellington, as it's a little more positive than Recession Triptych! We also need readers for ...

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October Collage Poem: Déjà vu

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Skip to the blue book, where Kerouac

Sounds better than Spanish


Pouring madness into teacups

Weeping daily for the return of summer

Relinquish, forgive, summer


Washed up love on a bed of lies


Impelled by the weird sisters

Into someone else’s destiny

I have got a mental block

Can’t think of the rhyme

So you’ll have to wait til next time


A mi...

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Creative Network Poetry Opportunity

Katherine Rosati has to make a presentation about the gallery to the Stockport Creative Network on Wed 16th Nov.  Would any Stockport WoL member like to come and read a light-hearted short poem or two about their positive thoughts on the gallery? It would be a great opportunity to introduce WOL to the Creative Network people.




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Remembrance Poetry Reading Fri 11 November at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery

There will be  a short event at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery following on from the Remembrance Two Minute Silence at 11am held on the steps of the building on Friday 11th November 2016.   

Write Out Loud  are invited to read  War Time poems at the Remembrance Poetry Reading event being held at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery in the Hall of Memory on Friday 11th November at 12pm. 


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September 2016 Collage Poem: A Better Place

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Andrex from front to back

Thank you, thank you Andrex!


Disordered by lines of deja vu

Press the button and get turned on!


A bitch of eternity, especially

If you are a 'Good Wife'


I like fish and chips washed

Down with some beer

Autumn dreams, sparkling clear


Kissing echoes, blowing words

From a distance, past lives, long exposed,

Zoom into ...

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Beauty's Bounty

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Following July's discussion of beauty, here are a few of the advantages beautiful people enjoy:





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August 2016 Collage Poem: 'But a Dream'

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Iron bird, place the peg

On your nose and press your hair

Pale Beyonce dances

Uncertainly with clowns


Blonde power Olympic salute


Curl your fingers around mine

On a dancefloor of angels

I am so angry that those lies

Still dominate those folks


To cut into the last horizon

Fragmented thunderstorms


I was scared to death


Clicking heels


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August Theme

There seems to be some dispute about this month's theme. Since there is nothing decisive in my notes of the July meeting, could someone please offer some guidance on the matter?



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July Collage Poem

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Sombre words, rigorous debate, helpless giggles:

Poetry lives. Don't play out, girls and boys:

The moonlight is dangerous!


My ambition to be described as: "Never mediocre"


Sleepless shadows on chintzy walls

Kiss of life was full of passion

Pity it was only a fish!


They recede, like wounded soldiers, into forests

Swathed in mist. Mask of beauty, height of...

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June WoL Collage Poem: Anger and Peace

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You gaze into the viewfinder

Joining cults

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries


Love escaped through

A hole then took it over

A bridge upon the moon


Rupture, we all, sod it!


The pen swoops and captures.

Laughing anteaters following screaming demons


Bee working to death


Procession of American angels

File across a bridge to the moon


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May 2016 Collage Poem

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Internal dreams follow you around

with a golden enchantment


No one knows the girl who is all alone

In a pub where no one goes


Witchcraft, murder, death and anger


An accidental queue jumper, that's me!

No one expected doughnut eyes


The eager needle drinks its fill

Leaving pools of shadow across antique eyes

The worst death is self-inflicted


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April 2016 Collage Poem: Riddles

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Kerb crawl halt for furtive pleasures:

"I hope it's better now"


Icy as a boarding school shower

In mortal mind and nerve

A riddle is told...

What could it be no matter how I think

It is the wrong guess again!


Leaving you dumbfounded

Encoded in parrot-like movements

For April Fool's Day jokes

From day to night


Lost in Dickens, tonight is the best...

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'Splash' - Inspired by 'Lakhota' by Doug Broadhurst

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Escaping from white walls: A fruitburst splash

Invading the eye through time's telescope

From a long lost summer


A worn spine teeters in dim waning light;

Streaks of personal symbology enclose

A kind of eye in endless invitation;

A squirm of sprawling red on sallow grey,

A spurt of art on fifties regulations


What joyous moment made you?

What bedsit inspira...

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March 2016 Collage Poem

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These words capture our emotions
Bruising the pain into happiness
Stepping into shadows of unsolved mysteries
Shine our milky moonlight up
All you need are hands
And all mankind is displayed within them
Great memories of yesterday
Terrible things happening today
Casual sex and skinny-dipping
Is worth a trip
Little one small step for you
A big one for mankind

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It Was 50 Years Ago Today

For those interested, the IWFYAT afternoon poetry reading sessions on March 26th / April 9th have been subjected to a slight tweak: they will run from 3.30 - 4.30 PM, not 4 - 5 PM as originally scheduled. 


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Unpicked-Restitched Exhibition

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I took a few shots of the Unpicked-Restitched exhibition at St Mary's Stockport on Thusday night.

This one demonstrates the extent of our involvment...!

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February 2016 Collage Poem

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Jesus went for a rather long walk

Through magpie faeces to the slaughterhouse

In the stench of hate

Hanging with religious gangrene

Cushioned in silent landscapes

Immersed silently with broken hope


Put away like broken dishes

A poetic riddle told what it could be,

Branches creaking like hands clapping

To the answer given.



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Hi Folks, here is the official blurb for the upcoming 60s exhibition we will be taking part in. The basic working plan is for two WoL poets to be present each Saturday afternoon from 4-5 PM, reading poems inspired by the paintings on display. On course, that hour could be used for other poetic activities (workshops, 'happenings' and so on.):




6 Stockport ...

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January 2016 Collage Poem: The End of the World

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The closest I could find

to the end of the world


Pleasing package

under a crumbling roof


Reach for the magic button


Silent and bitter protest

with only one wish

no school


A chocolate mouth that's warm as wet


Hurting like Hell

Just a tearaway


Distant star, our world that ended.



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