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Writing poetry is easy! But how do we know if it's any good?

One thing stands out whilst considering why and how people write poetry - and that is, the words come when they are ready to come. This statement is borne out by several prize-winning and highly respected poets who have contributed to a recently published book titled The Process of Poetry. In this fascinating book the reader is given a glimpse into the different methodologies used to make a top-ra...

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Poetry: hearts and flowers, or engaging with the grotesque?

After attending many events at the recent Manchester Literature Festival, one particular reading that captivated my interest was A Celebration of Ted Hughes, with Amanda Dalton, Zaffar Kunial, Carola Luther, John McAuliffe and Andrew McMillan:

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Is there still a market for rhyming poetry?

There seems to be a distinct trend in poetry these days to shun rhyme. This seems to happen from the critics’ side rather than the writers’. Being a poet myself who more often than not writes in rh...

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