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Darren J Beaney

Twitter: @DJ_Be_An
Updated: Sat, 18 Aug 2018 02:20 pm

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Really pleased to have found this lovely site - I am enjoying reading some wonderful work by some talented folk! I have found huge inspiration here! Not just from the work of others, but also from the feedback of others. I have also been inspired by some of the folk here to start a blog (I will be looking at theirs intently) - not sure how successful I will be at it or indeed how long it will last.... I have previously never submitted anything, anywhere before... But have now! Writing on and off for 20+ years. Did some slams in the late 1990's (but was very drunk). I have written more in 2018 then I have managed in the last 5 years and hope to continue to be productive and "improve" as time goes on, I hope that things will be aided by starting a creative writing MA in September 2018. I have recently discovered the joys of the poetry pamphlet and have been sampling and enjoying Happenstance Press and The Emma Press. Poets - Prof Simon Armitage, Tara Bergin, Leontia Flynn, Caroline Bird, Adrian Mitchell, Dr John Cooper Clarke, Attila the Stockbroker, Wendy Cope, Alice Oswald, Brian Patten, John Hegley Subscribe to - Prole, Rialto and Poetry Book Society. I have a huge love of music, predominantly PUNK, but a lot of other things as well. I do like a good lyric and a rockin' raucous gig! Work and family keep me busy and make me happy. We live on the coast in sunny West Sussex. I have had the pleasure of being with my wife - Jo - since 1999 she has helped me so much along the way ( like many very good women have done through history, for many ordinary men). I have written a fair few poems for her, some of which I will share some day! Work centres on social mobility and I am Admissions Tutor for a very popular medical school. My academic interests are around critical pedagogy and alternative methods of teaching and learning. Finally - please feel free to comment on anything I may write and post (good or bad) and forgive my style (and grammer and spelling) - I was in the naughty groups at school and left with a low grade CSE in English. I don't recall ever studying poetry, no doubt I was either asleep at the back of the classroom or arsing about or possibly not even there.... Cheers DJB!


101 Acre Wood Angel was a spoilt, petulant child. She found that other children were of little concern, especially the boy next door; Christopher Robin. Whom she would torment incessantly, chanting “my wood is bigger than your wood!” ---------- Lost Near to my house are lots of posters. Tatty and torn. Faded over time, hardly noticed. They have been there countless years. As a child I vaguely recall seeing them. In passing. All the same, Taped to the lampposts that surround the area. Where I grew up. They all read - ‘ LOST: One childhood innocence. Bright eyed, bushy tailed. Full of intense optimism. Eager, inquisitive. Happy & carefree. Respectful, joyfully naive. Last seen heading toward big school. Carrying a new bag, complete with spotless pencil case. Sporting a short back and sides. Clean, polished shoes. An unfortunate tie and ill-fitting blazer, full of hope and promise’.  

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<Deleted User> (19836)

Sun 7th Oct 2018 18:53

Thank you so much for commenting on my POTW. I do appreciate it!😊

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Martin Elder

Tue 2nd Oct 2018 09:44

Hey Darren
I just wanted to say I love 101 acre wood. Wonderful stuff.
I noticed in your blog you stated that you have been attending some open mic gigs on the south coast. I was wondering which ones they were. Earlier in the year I attended one in Brighton.

I look forward to reading more of your work

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 21st Sep 2018 11:36

Cheers Darren for your classy comment re "Me" ta Tommy

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 16th Sep 2018 12:44

thanks for the kind comments on 'Above The Light Of The Morning Star' Darren - I'm really pleased you liked it - a bit of a swerve ball from my usual stuff - but I was pleased with the end result and the reaction it got


Thu 6th Sep 2018 22:38

what is a no road tax car?
do you wear a Beaney?

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Joe Williams

Tue 4th Sep 2018 19:36

Thanks Darren, glad you liked it 😃

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 4th Sep 2018 18:19

thanks so much for your kind comments on 'Under August Skies' Darren - apologies for the late response as I have been away on holiday - I'm really pleased you liked it

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Taylor Crowshaw

Mon 3rd Sep 2018 18:54

Hi Darren, Thanks for reading My Feet Have .........always enjoy a lighthearted poem..😁

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Shirley Smothers

Wed 22nd Aug 2018 17:13

Hi Darren, thank you for your support of my Haiku MOUNTAINS IN THE MIST. I was inspired to write this from the painting I did in 1991.


<Deleted User> (19836)

Sun 19th Aug 2018 14:41

Hello Darren,

Thank you for the lovely comment on "My Destiny". "Once auburn waves" refers to my hair when I was a younger woman. I'm glad you liked it as a phrase. it's streaks of white, blonde, and a quickly fading chestnut - like in my picture! I'm curious to see what it will be like when I'm 90. LOL

Thanks again!😊

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Becky Who

Sat 18th Aug 2018 21:59

Hi, thanks for commenting on "Written in Anger and Confusion". I probably will end up deleting it when I get scared it will be seen by the one who shouldn't read it...

Take care xx

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Christine Renshaw

Fri 17th Aug 2018 14:42

Thanks for reading and commenting on 'In the Dead of Night' yes its sad and dark but the laughter is a bonus 😃

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Taylor Crowshaw

Thu 16th Aug 2018 14:42

Thank you for commenting on The Feather Darren much appreciated. 😃

<Deleted User> (19836)

Thu 16th Aug 2018 12:15

Thank you Darren for your continued support. I appreciate it! Jane😊

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Taylor Crowshaw

Wed 15th Aug 2018 19:03

Thanks again Darren. 😘


Wed 15th Aug 2018 00:39

Hi Darren, thanks so much for your comment, glad you liked it,
Lan 😊

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Taylor Crowshaw

Mon 13th Aug 2018 10:03

Thanks for reading Man is the Beast Darren..😊


Thu 9th Aug 2018 18:14

that TENT
is that where you live?
very clean and organized
a lot of aTTENTion paid to detail.

and hey
do you wear a Beanie?

thanks for you comment on my poem
but it wasn't that good-
not as good as a tent.


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 8th Aug 2018 15:05

Is the writing course still on your agenda? Good for you!

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Ian Whiteley

Sat 4th Aug 2018 13:19

thanks for the kind comments on 'and now the weather' Darren delayed (once again) due to a Wi-Fi free holiday. Glad you liked it :-)

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Danny G.

Sat 28th Jul 2018 03:45

Thanks for the positive feedback Darren! I appreciate it! 😊

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AM Cash

Fri 27th Jul 2018 09:29

Thank you for you kind comment on Sunday morning...
AM Cash

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 26th Jul 2018 19:25

thanks for the comment on 'blown it' Darren - been away so apologies for late reply - glad you liked it

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Tommy Carroll

Tue 24th Jul 2018 16:02

'Inference '
Thank you Darren, I appreciate your response;- )

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sun 22nd Jul 2018 11:48

Hi Darren, thanks for reading my poem.
Particularly liked your...Lost... poem.

<Deleted User> (19836)

Sun 22nd Jul 2018 09:57

Nice to meet you Darren. Thank you for reading my poems, I appreciate it. Jane

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 9th Jul 2018 12:38

thanks for the comments on 'weeping angel' Darren - glad you liked it :-)


Tue 19th Jun 2018 10:43

Hi Darren,

Just wanted to thank you, for stopping by, reading and liking some of my works. I appreciate it so much!!! Thank you for leaving comments as well! Means a lot!!!

Thank you

Anya xxx

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