Having spent over 30 years working in the education sector, including a spell as Advisory Teacher for English in East Sussex, I retired in 2013 and reinvented myself as a performance poet. I have been surprised and delighted with the response and now have a regular schedule of public speaking/poetry reading engagements up to the end of 2017 and thousands of hits on my website and youtube. Although containing some serious messages, I mostly try to write lighthearted poetry which is frequently humorous and designed for performance. A lot of my poetry does tend to appeal to the older age group, and my poem 'The De La Warr Date' won the Silver Surfers write to win prize for July 2014. In the past 2 years I have raised over £5000 for charity partly through sales of my 4 (self)published booklets of poetry entitled 'Simply Bexhill', 'Simply Christmas', 'The De La Warr Date' and 'Seaside and Sailaway' which have sold hundreds of copies. All publications are available through Amazon and from Starlings Gifts in Sackville Road, Bexhill. I am now working on a poetry booklet about modern life and have just finished off my first ebook, a short autobiographical novelwhich is available on Amazon, called 'South Something'. I really enjoy travelling around to various clubs and venues, mostly to an 'older' audience, but in 2014 I was selected as a finalist for 'Hastings Has Got Talent' and found myself performing alongside dancers, singers and beat boxers. Although not the overall winner, the widely varied audience enjoyed my poem 'Charades', and I felt I had achieved a small local triumph for performance poetry. I have also had poems read on Radio Sussex and was on the Arrow FM stage in Bexhill on 4th Dec. as part of the entertainment for the switching on of the new Christmas Lights. Most recently one of my poems was selected in the top 100 National Poetry Rivals competition and published in the 2015 Poetry Rivals Finalist Book.
The Last Minute Man Would you believe it’s Christmas Eve? The candles revealed, the biscuits unsealed, Prepare to be merry, they’ve opened the sherry, A fridge full of food for their bright festive mood, They share laughter and wishing, but someone is missing He is distant from home, on a mission alone, With a slight air of panic, a figure quite manic, On a damp half lit road, he’s in desperate mode, Grasping plastic in hand, he has joined in the band, Of those parked on the doubles, just to add to their troubles The staff hide a yawn, for they feel quite forlorn, Working on after lunch for the late shopping bunch, But they’ll do what they can to help last minute man. They point to Chanel, Calvin Klein, Cacharel, When the cost makes him moan, they produce the cologne Decision is made, the money is paid, Wrapped with ribbon and tape, and he makes his escape At last homeward bound, through the door without sound, But it clicks when you lock it, the gift peeps from his pocket She forces a smile, ‘You’ve been out for a while’ You can find other examples by accessing links on www.poetrybyclaire.co.uk or searching for Claire Baldry on You Tube
All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.
Unintended Consequences (04/05/2017)
I Rhyme (08/12/2016)
My Telephone Week (21/08/2016)
Our Digital House (14/08/2016)
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