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 Glass, published by Cinnamon Press) what her thoughts were on the subject. She writes as follows:

I was interested to read Yvonne Reddick’s recent citation of Stan Smith and his suggestion that the c...

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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, is published by Seren and won the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Prize:

The landscapes of my poetry are...

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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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