'How to Catch a Fish in the Solent' by Helen Elliott is Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘How to Catch a Fish in the Solent’ by Helen Elliott. The pier in the poem is in Old Portsmouth, close to the Square Tower, which is a popular poetry venue. Helen began writing poetry after an intensive course of counselling. In her replies to our questions, Helen says that her poetry writing has progressed to the point where “I write because I want to, n...

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'The Traveller' by Hannah Collins is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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‘The Traveller’ by Hannah Collins is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week. Hannah, who teaches schoolchildren dance and exercise, says: “I like the way there are few boundaries when we write, unlike when we speak.” Her sources for inspiration include world events, "even small news items", She wro...

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'CCTV' by Tony Hill is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘CCTV’ by Tony Hill. He said of the poem that the intent was to “give a voice an authoritarian and menacing presence”, adding: “The idea for the poem came, n...

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'At the sink' by Colin Hill is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud poem of the Week is ‘at the sink’ by Colin Hill. The poem is based on an image from the 2009 British film ‘Fish Tank’ – and in the Q&As below Colin explains that he uses picture...

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'Unpopular Music' by Robert C Gaulke is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The New Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Unpopular Music’ by Robert C Gaulke, who describes himself on his Write Out Loud profile as a high school teacher and songwriter living in the Bronx, New Yo...

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'Behind the shadows' 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 ‘behind the shadows’ by Stuart Buck. Stuart is a former chef. His debut collection, Casually Discussing the Infinite, was reviewed by Laura Taylor on Write O...

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'Transient Beauty' by Adrian Metcalf is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is 'Transient Beauty'  by Adrian Metcalf.  Adrian says he suffers from severe anxiety and composes poetry "to release my emotions"; writing it "helps me sleep m...

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'Cottage Garden' by Chris Armstrong is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is Cottage Garden by Chris Armstrong. On his profile page Chris describes himself as “sailor and librarian, navigator and researcher, teacher and trainer, and – alw...

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'A Tale of Two Sandals' by Paul Waring is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘A Tale of Two Sandals’ by Paul Waring, a retired clinical psychologist who, his profile tells us, was once a menswear designer and also, during the 1980s, a...

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'For Antoinette' by David Cooke is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘For Antoinette’ by David Cooke. The poet is a Gregory award winner and has published several poetry collections. His latest, After Hours, published by Cultu...

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'Incoming' by Jonathan Humble is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the week is ‘Incoming’ by Jonathan Humble, about a close encounter with a curlew. The poem appears in a recent anthology, Curlew Calling, which was put together to raise...

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'The Farmer's Wife' by Cynthia Buell Thomas is Poem of the Week

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The Farmer’s Wife’ by Cynthia Buell Thomas, a poem that is based on memories “about my mother’s people who were simple country farmers in eastern Ontario …  I u...

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'Skiffle' by Leon Stolgard is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is  'Skiffle' by Leon Stolgard. Skiffle orginated as a term in the US in the first half of the 20th century, and became popular in the UK in the 1950s, where it...

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'Study Abroad' by Michaela Sheldon is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Study Abroad’ by Michaela Sheldon, a drama student from Newfoundland who is looking forward in the poem to coming to Harlow, England. As some have already c...

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'When the Future Came' by John F Keane is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘When The Future Came’ by John F Keane, a commentary on contemporary events. Responding to a new set of interview questions John said: “If poetry doesn’t com...

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'Pheasants' 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 ‘Pheasants’ by David Blake. It was inspired by a time when David worked in a restaurant kitchen in Devon and the owner brought in pheasants that he had shot ...

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'The Concrete Road' by Becky Sowray is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The Concrete Road’ by Becky Sowray. On her profile page Becky describes herself as living “the ordinary dream in an off-white tower, getting high on radio-n...

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The Write Out Loud poem of the week is Stay Put by Mark Mr T Thompson

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The Write Out Loud poem of the week is Stay Put by Mark Mr T Thompson, a popular, highly-regarded poet on the Write Out Loud poetry blogs. The reference isn’t difficult to discern given that the advic...

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'The day my dad went mad' by Patricia Hughes is Poem of the Week

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The day my dad went mad’ by Patricia Hughes.  The title of the poem speaks for itself. On her profile page Patricia says: “The written word has helped get me th...

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'A Day Such As This' by Tom Harding is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘A Day Such As This’ by Tom Harding, a poem that appears to be about a wet day in the garden. Tom’s poems are invariably accompanied by his drawings. In his ...

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'As if the song would come again' by Mikhail Smith is Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘As if the song would come again’ by Mikhail Smith, a poem about loss and regret. In his responses to our questions, he explains the poem a little more: “The...

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'Villa Nil' by Ray M is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Villa Nil’ by Ray M. ‘Villa Nil’ marks the end of another football season, and is also – note the title - a villanelle, a 19-line poetic form consisting of ...

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'Do you want to talk about it?' by Wolfgar is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Do you want to talk about it?’ by Wolfgar, a poem about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) that appeared on Write Out Loud during Mental Health Awareness...

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'To earth we return' by elPintor is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘to earth we return’ by elPIntor, a short and powerful love poem. ElPIntor’s profile page says: “I've enjoyed my stay here at WoL much more than I would've a...

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'Hitting the Wrong Note' by David Redfield is Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Hitting the Wrong Note’ by David Redfield. It’s a poem about a choirmaster. In his Q&A David talks of the “lightning bolt moment” of reading Coleridge’s ‘An...

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'Unseen' by Karen Ankers is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Unseen’ by Karen Ankers, a moving poem about children and parents. In her interview with Write Out Loud Karen says that “when I was 17, I became a member o...

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'The Insignificant Poet' by Daniel Dwyran is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The Insignificant Poet’ by Daniel Dwyran, which was written on the way home from a less-than-inspiring open mic night at which he was the only spoken word perfo...

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'Rowing' by Neil Robertson is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud poem of the Week is ‘Rowing’ by Neil Robertson, a poem about a relationship that has developed from schoolboy rivalry into teamwork in adulthood: " ‘You're doing well fella, kee...

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'Around the Cirrus and Nimbostratus' by Simon Widdop is Poem of the Week

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‘Around the Cirrus and Nimbostratus’ by Simon Widdop, a poem about a fallen angel, is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week. Simon has been writing poetry seriously for almost three years, and has p...

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'Driving through Grimstone Low' by Kevin is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Driving through Grimstone Low’ by Kevin. It’s a narrative poem of epic proportions involving a tough Yorkshire village, a family called the Slugshaws, a car...

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'Man' by Dyphrent is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Man’ by Dyprhent. It’s a poem with a powerful beat, and begins: “Man / Man like stone / Man like mountain / Man like blood and bone …” In her Q&A interview Dyph...

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'Drinking where the river bed is dry' by John Marks is Poem of the Week

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Drinking where the river bed is dry’ by John Marks. It’s a poem about the companionship of man and dog, and ageing. John Marks has published two collections of ...

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'In Budapest' by Hazel Ettridge is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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‘In Budapest’ by Hazel Ettridge is Write Out Loud’s Poem of the Week. Hazel says that it was written in “a seedy hotel room” in the Hungarian capital, “having returned from an evening exploring this e...

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'Echo and Narcissus' by Karen Izod is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Echo and Narcissus’ by Karen Izod. The poem is inspired by a bronze by Glyn Philpot, and is also touched by contemporary events. Her regular open-mic haunts...

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

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‘Lost’ by Chris Hubbard is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week. Chris, a retired academic originally from Lincolnshire and now based in Australia, took a creative writing course during his degree ...

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'Commuter' by Alexandra Rockwell Lorenz is Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Commuter’ by Alexandra Rockwell Lorenz. In a poem that is rich in images, including "forgotten train tracks" and a "slinking cat", these lines also stand ou...

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'The Hollow' by Rhiannon is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The Hollow’ by Rhiannon. In her Q&A interview she says that she grew up in a family where writing poetry was considered "something of a tradition", won a po...

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'The Boy Who Conquered Fractions' by Cynthia Buell Thomas is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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‘The Boy Who Conquered Fractions’ by Cynthia Buell Thomas is Write Out Loud’s new Poem of the Week. The poem tells how a nine-year-old boy - “part dynamo part zombie”  - whose behaviour is described b...

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'People Watching' by Paul Waring is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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‘People Watching’ by Paul Waring is Write Out Loud’s Poem of the Week. On his profile page Paul, a retired clinical psychologist, tells a remarkable story – that he used to write poetry in the 1990s, ...

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‘(Mg,Fe)2SiO4’ by Rafael is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘(Mg,Fe)2SiO4’ by Rafael. He has described the poem, which includes a reference to a gemstone called peridot, derived from the mineral olivine, as “basically...

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'She wants to feel 日本 (Japan)' by Randall Eckstein is Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is 'She wants to feel 日本 (Japan)'  by Randall Eckstein, who has just joined Write Out Loud, and is a teacher in China. He explains the poem thus:  “In my youth,...

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'The carbon cycle' by Alex Smith is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The first Write Out Loud Poem of the Week of 2017 is ‘The carbon cycle’ by Alex Smith, who describes himself on his profile page as an organic farmer, from Harleysville, Pennsylvania, in the US. ‘The ...

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