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.... www.djbeaney.wordpress.com/ 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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