Contentment, Creativity and Cracks

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The concept of cracks may seem a strange subject for contemplation, but these overlooked creatures of absence are often the constructive features that frame our existence. Even though many of us are a constellation of cracks inside, and it is possible that we are not quite human without our flaws, I think confessional poetry sometimes gets a little bad press. A crack is more often than not covered...

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The Poetry of Spirituality

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The poetry associated with or originated from the many forms of spirituality is vast indeed, stretching back into the centuries of antiquity and embracing all religions and none. It is a treasure house of literature and wisdom found in the writings and scriptures of the world´s great religions. The ...

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Omphalos 3: Being Home

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In the final part of a series of articles exploring the idea of omphalos, or the origin of the poet’s imagination, I asked poet and academic Gail Ashton (author of Ghost Songs and The Other Side of Gl...

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Countries of the Mind

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Following my recent article on WOL about the idea of omphalos, I spoke with award-winning poet Yvonne Reddick (pictured) and asked for her thoughts on this. Her poetry pamphlet, Translating Mountains,...

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There's Always Time For Some Ogden Nash

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Emotion carries weight much like a tackle box but unlike a tackle box, it should not be reserved solely for the good times. There are so many events that happen in people’s lives to write poetry about...

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Poets: Voices of Prophecy and Custodians of Truth

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Poetry is often the voice of courage, found in every generation, a voice which often exposes the truth and challenges the times in which we live.  It can also be the voice of prophecy which has as its...

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Omphalos: A Return to the Source of Poetry

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Omphalos: A Return to the Source of Poetry

‘I would begin with the Greek word, omphalos, meaning the navel, and hence the stone that marked the centre of the world, and repeat it, omphalos, omphalo...

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