'Going, Going, Gone' by Jeff is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Going, Going, Gone’ by Jeff, about a failed relationship. Jeff says he has been writing poems for the last two years. He says he is no expert on poetry, but it has always brought out “emotions in me”. His political hero is John Cooper Clarke - “he is and always has been an inspiration”. He memorised JCC's 'I married a monster from outer space' and recited it...

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'Forever and a day' by Natasha Bowman is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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‘Forever and a day’ by Natasha Bowman is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week. Natasha, whose profile page on Write Out Loud is labelled Silent Song Symphony Sadness Soul, is a teenager who started writing around the age of 12-13. She says some of the poems that she has posted on Write Out Loud w...

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'Schoolbuddy' by Ray Pool is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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This week’s Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Schoolbuddy’ by Ray Pool. It’s a poem about finding out about the death of an old musician friend on Facebook - a friend the poet has only recently reco...

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'Take me to tokyo where the lights may blind me' by Stuart Buck is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘take me to tokyo where the lights may blind me’ by Stuart Buck, a regular contributor to Write Out Loud. In a quick Q&A Stuart said his principal poetic inf...

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'London Victoria' by Travis Brow is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘London Victoria’ by Travis Brow, a tale of unrequited love. The poem has been praised by Write Out Loud regulars like Harry O’Neill, for its “lovely rhymed ...

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'I can't Stop' by Claire is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘I Can’t Stop’, by Claire. It’s a poem that celebrates an overflowing sense of creativity, even if “nobody can hear me”. She goes on to to say that she needs...

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'12:26' by Natfastic is the Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ’12:26’ by Natfastic, a poem about the joys of writing late at night. In a Q&A with Write Out Loud, Natasha said that her poetry has developed from her exper...

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'Justice' by Suzi Challenger is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Justice’ by Suzi Challenger. In comments following the posting of the poem, she has said that it was written in response to the much-publicised case of the deat...

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'Mature Student' by JF Keane is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Mature Student’, by JF Keane. John Keane, who organises Write Out Loud Stockport, is an admirer of WB Yeats, and describes ‘Mature Student’ as a “loose paro...

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'Pavement Cafe' by Anna Ghislena is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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Write Out Loud’s new Poem of the Week is Pavement Cafe, by Anna Ghislena, a vignette of impressions seen through the eyes of a beggar. In her answers to Write Out Loud’s questions Anna reveals herself...

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'The Stone Tape' by Tony Hill is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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‘The Stone Tape’ by Tony Hill is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week. Talking about the poem, Tony said: “The title is a reference to a 1972 BBC production of the same name, quite a chilling ghost...

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'The black and the white' by Martin Elder is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The black and the white’ by Martin Elder, a recollection of the wintry shades of yesteryear – “Everywhere marked with a ring of soot, smoke and steam.” Not so m...

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'I Will Not Drink in Wetherspoon's' by Andy Humphrey is Poem of the Week

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‘I will not Drink in Wetherspoon’s’ by Andy Humphrey, a post-referendum poem written in the style of Dr Seuss, is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week. Andy is compere at The Speakers Corner in Yor...

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'The plight of the true Snow White' by Alexandra Parapadakis is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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‘The plight of the true Snow White’ by Alexandra Parapadakis, a poem that questions and upends assumptions behind the traditional and Disneyfied fairy tale, is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week....

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'Growing Up' by Eva Curless is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Growing up’ by Eva Curless. Eva, a student at Leeds University, is from Wigan and reads at Write Out Loud Wigan at The Old Courts when she is home from univ...

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'My Telephone Week' by Claire Baldry is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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‘My Telephone Week’, a comic poem by Claire Baldry recounting cold callers offering PPI claims, new boilers, accident compensation, computer scams and more, is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week....

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'Lorraine Motel' by Colin Hill is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Lorraine Motel’ by Colin Hill, about the former motel in Memphis where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968, which is now part of the National Civ...

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'Temporal Anomaly' by Trevor Alexander is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Temporal Anomaly’ by Trevor Alexander, which cites Albert Einstein and muses on the possibilities and pitfalls of time travel back into the past. In a serie...

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'Nursery for the Old' by RM Carter is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The New Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Nursery for the Old’ by RM Carter, who is an English literature and creative writing student at Salford University. The poem describes older people in care ...

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'Tranquil' by Sharvari is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Tranquil’ by Sharvari, a poet from India who says on her profile page that she would like to learn more about poetry via Write Out Loud. Describing herself ...

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'Brisbane Road' by Rick Gammon is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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‘Brisbane Road’ by Rick Gammon is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week. A poem about youth and age, it celebrates a goalscoring hero of yesteryear, Tommy Johnston, and imagines a meeting on the ter...

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'Man and Camel, & others, animal' by Dominic James is Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Man and Camel, & others, animal’ by Dominic James, a reflection on the poetry of American Mark Strand, pictured, who died in 2014. In his poem, which also s...

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'Poem' by Chris Laverty is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is the lyrical and wistful ‘Poem’ by Chris Laverty. It conjures up a "hazy world" and ends: "We'll hear the waves, and watch their gentle swell." In his replies...

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'Betrayed by the hands' by Phil Kay is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is  ‘Betrayed by the hands’ by Phil Kay, as we remember the centenary of the first world war battle of the Somme. The poem is about men making their final prepa...

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'The Snurdle-urdle-urdle' by Lynn Dye is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The Snurdle-urdle-urdle’ by Lynn Dye, a cautionary tale about a creature who takes liberties after knocking on the door and begging to be allowed to take a...

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'Spoon With A View' by Jonathan Humble is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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‘Spoon With A View’, a comic poem about ageing by Jonathan Humble, is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week. Jonathan, a deputy headmaster, says on his profile that he has also worked as painter, a ...

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'Vial' by David Blake is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Vial’ by David Blake. David is in his mid-20s, and lives in Bristol. He has been interested in poetry “since primary school”, and began writing it again at ...

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'Following the Money' by Tim Ellis is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Following the Money’, a poem about fracking in Yorkshire, by Tim Ellis. The poem compares gas and oil workers to Viking raiders and says: “The peaceful vill...

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'Tourdion' by Chris Stevenson is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Tourdion’ by Chris Stevenson. On his profile page Chris, who was born in Lytham, says: ” I was born on the coast, across the road from the windmill and the ...

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'Cursed Be He That Moves My Bones' by Ian Whiteley is Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is the timely ‘Cursed Be He That Moves My Bones’, by Ian Whiteley. It’s a sonnet whose title comes from the inscription on William Shakespeare’s tomb, in the we...

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'Airways, Breathing, Circulation' by Peter Knaggs is Poem of the Week

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The latest Poem of the Week chosen for Write Out Loud is ‘Airways, Breathing, Circulation’ , by Peter Knaggs. The title of the poem, posted in the week of the inquest verdicts on the Hillsborough disa...

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'Rose Petals' by Nicola Beckett is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Rose Petals', by Nicola Beckett. On her brief profile summary she says she has been “dubbed a confessional poet”. One reader of the poem described it as “be...

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Write Out Loud's first Poem of the Week: 'The lovers' by Mike Watts

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Write Out Loud’s first Poem of the Week is ‘The lovers’ by Mike Watts, which was chosen by a member of our editorial team from all the poems posted on our blogs last week. As you can see, one enthusia...

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Coming soon ... picking a Poem of the Week on Write Out Loud

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Write Out Loud is launching a new feature called Poem of the Week, to recognise the high quality of poetry that is regularly produced on this site. Each week a member of Write Out Loud’s editorial tea...

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