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Updated: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 01:32 pm

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I'm not really a poet - I just dabble! I'm only a relative new-comer to writing poetry, but I have always loved reading it, hearing it and analysing. I did a degree in English and then went on to do an MA in Renaissance Literature. I know live in York. Oh, and I love lots of varying types of poetry. From Renaissance verse and sonnets to radical, fire poetry of someone like Amiri Baraka. I think my poems are not really that great, more self-indulgent/ trying to put some of my emotions onto the page. Don't judge me for them! But please do give any criticism or advice - I thought I'd dare to come on here in the hope I might pick up some advice.


One I wrote a while back, when I was younger: Conclusions from Young Adulthood What a shame that clich├ęs often ring true: Originality is isolating, The pack worries the individual; The crowd are safe. Is a convincing Performance all that is needed? What is beautiful gets the upper hand; Strength of character stands for nothing, Saying the right thing to suit the context Is tricking time, although it may look wise. True, personality opens the door, But why do we want to enter in, when It is only the actor who is king? When humanity is being played, Is reliability or success Most popular? Any arrogant child Can participate, only substantial Character holds the secret to the game. Modesty, a vital ingredient to the life of integrity, But, oh, so easily faked by the Oxbridgers who cannot escape themselves. Danger and dirt have to be embraced; Emotional experience teaches truth, But what is read as introspective Is relegated to a metaphysical realm. The material world seems untranscendable; Money can buy commodities, but not truth. On what wings can we fly away?

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Mikhail Smith

Fri 7th Dec 2012 20:19

Hello Jade .. thank-you .. yes, I signed in, a dark cloud descended, and I wrote that .. must've been something I had for tea !! .. no seriously I log in then make myself write for a few minutes - that's where that came from .. m .s.
10-12-12 - thanks again - no it's not clever I write down my first/immediate thoughts then edit and prune a bit till they look strong enough to stand up - then I abandon it for ever .. cheers!

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Ann Foxglove

Sun 28th Oct 2012 06:47

Hi Jade - a warm welcome to WOL. I see you've been given quite a bit of advice already! All of it good :)

Hope to see more of your work on here soon!

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Tom Harding

Sat 27th Oct 2012 21:33

Jade many thanks for your kind comments on my site... I always forget that I leave links up so its particularly kind when people leave comments like that. Happy to send you the book- i wrote it in 30 days so don't expect much!
Enjoying your poetry, u have some work to be proud of!

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John Coopey

Sat 27th Oct 2012 17:40

Whoa! Here I am again! Sorry for the repetition.

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John Coopey

Sat 27th Oct 2012 17:39

Hello Jade
Thankyou for commenting on "Karma". Just as you say above "I'm not really a poet", so too I'm not at all a philosopher. I just hope the b*st**d who drenched me gets his!

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John Coopey

Sat 27th Oct 2012 17:39

Hello Jade
Thankyou for commenting on "Karma". Just as you say above "I'm not really a poet", so too I'm not at all a philosopher. I just hope the b*st**d who drenched me gets his!

tony sheridan

Wed 24th Oct 2012 19:53

Hi Jade. I like your poems. More please. Take care, Tony.

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winston plowes

Wed 24th Oct 2012 17:58

Hi Jade, Glad you liked the site and the WCW tribute. Quite a suprise when I found that a recording existed of WCW reading his own poem. Win

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Anthony Emmerson

Wed 24th Oct 2012 12:50

Hi Jade,

Welcome to WOL! Hope you enjoy it here - in all its diverse aspects!


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John Aikman

Tue 23rd Oct 2012 22:22

And I would add 'listen to Isobel'. She's the only voice of reason on here and offers wise counsel...

Good to have you on board.



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Tue 23rd Oct 2012 21:35

Thanks for taking a peek at my poetry. You like the funny stuff. I do too - wish I could write more of it :)

I enjoyed reading yours. It's definitely the kind of poetry you have to think about deeply.

The only advice I would give you is to keep writing and also reading the work of others. The more you read the more you absorb and the more your own style develops. People tend to comment more on your work if you blog it - also if you comment on their work - though that isn't always guaranteed.

I'm glad you seem to be enjoying WOL.

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Tue 23rd Oct 2012 07:57

'Not really a poet'? Ha, try defining that word and you are back to the Red Wheelbarrow thread :)

Welcome to WOL, Jade! I'm glad that you plucked up the courage to join and that you have already taken part in discussion - we need fresh blood in there!

Isobel x

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