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Jennifer Malden

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Biography

Live in Tuscany and love it, the winter is so much shorter than in Scotland! Have always enjoyed reading and writing since I was a child. My mother taught me to read at four, and I can remember the joy one evening when I discovered I could read entire sentences! Love dogs, good food and cooking for friends. Also going to museums and art exhibitions, used to work in a London art gallery many years ago. Really love travelling when possible. Not very often, alas, but have managed to get to India and Myanmar, after reading William Dalryple's books. Used to work as designer for our small family firm making women's clothes, but gave this up when everyone started outsourcing. Then recycled as English teacher working freelance, which funnily enough I enjoy. Many of the adults become long-term friends, and the teenage boys in particular are really amusing. Used to teach primary school kids and that was great fun too, although required a lot of energy.

Samples

The Boyfriend Oh my God, a poet! Was what they all said. Better off dead! Was what my father said. About your daily bread? Was what my mother said. What's he like in bed?Was what my friends said. He has an everlasting flow of dreams inside his head, was what I said. Mediterranean August. (Poem of the week in 2017) Hot curry scent of Helichrysum rosemary, myrtle and lavender. Flaunting scarlet bougainvillea darkly shadowed by umbrella pines. Colourful butterfly windsurf sails zigzagging across the turquoise bay watched through dark glasses. Small orange and cobalt fishing boats riding motionless on glittering flawless transparent emerald glass. Golden sunbaked body lies limp facing an opaque pewter sea hopefully waiting for an evening breeze. Setting out after crimson sunset expectant with engine chugging and fierce steel hooks cruelly baited. Rocking over depths under the moon bent on a mysterious treasure hunt. Hauling in strange writhing, wriggling shapes appearing from secret haunts below sliding, slithering, slipping, gasping conger, moray, scorpion and bass. Then some evening excitement sought with bronzed shoulders bared for display. Gaudycoloured iceclinking liquid in tall frosted glasses on little tables with dark admiring faces glancing. Fine scents of strange creatures cooking clinking plates and hunger satisfied. After, lying out under the stardome with the silent sweep of great owl wings and the softly crashing foamy breakers lulling us to sleep until first light.

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Comments

d.knape

Sun 25th Jul 2021 12:02

not to worry
no hidden agenda for that hole
my wife plans on just putting me in a garbage bag
and leaving me at the curb. hahaha
I can't believe you went to all that trouble of writing a book
about it. Now we are both "Whole"!

who else would write a poem about digging a hole.
(a good place for my poetry!)

Do yall spend a lot of time hiding behind Hydrangeas?

d.knape

Sun 25th Jul 2021 00:37


Who is that
hiding behind the Hydrangias?

come out
come out
whoever you are!
πŸ˜ƒ

d.knape

Sun 7th Mar 2021 05:11

thanks for your comments on two of my poems.
I hope I did not put you through too much.

who is that You behind that bush?

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keith jeffries

Mon 1st Mar 2021 21:51

Jennifer,
Thank you for your very kind comments recently posted. I appreciate your words which are for me personally very encouraging.

Keith

d.knape

Wed 3rd Feb 2021 12:46

Hi Stranger
Hy Drangea!

πŸ˜ƒ

d.knape

Wed 3rd Feb 2021 04:46

thanks Jennifer
we are linked through poetry
and cottage cheese.

why are you hiding behind those flowers?
πŸ˜ƒ

d.knape

Wed 3rd Feb 2021 03:42


The body of the poem is fine-
the fenders need some work!
πŸ˜ƒ

Philipos

Mon 2nd Nov 2020 22:11


Thank you for sharing your lovely memories on the Emerald Isle.

Appreciated.

P

Philipos

Mon 2nd Nov 2020 22:10


Thank you for sharing your lovely memories on the Emerald Isle.

Appreciated.

P

d.knape

Sat 8th Aug 2020 21:06

yes. what is an EMI?

d.knape

Sat 8th Aug 2020 21:04

i think your photo is one of those
"I am not a robot" ones.
Pick the photos of a guy in a blue shirt
hiding behind the Hydrangas.
πŸ˜ƒ

d.knape

Sat 11th Jul 2020 17:50

My poetry
is quite queer
slightly deranged
it does appear,
yet my reputation's
very clear
my poetry worse
than people hear!
πŸ˜ƒ

d.knape

Sat 11th Jul 2020 17:43

I am serious
not delirious-
to suggestions
I'm impervious!
πŸ˜ƒ

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branwell kent

Mon 6th Jul 2020 23:18

Thanks for all the kind words, Jennifer. It's appreciated.

d.knape

Mon 6th Jul 2020 00:16

"tatty holidas"?
I had never heard of that.
But I think all children should serve
in some kind of community service
where they experience real life
as opposed to TV or video games.
Then they would realize
a more satisfying life.

d.knape

Mon 6th Jul 2020 00:11

I already had my angst removed.
it's called an Angstcystectomy!
πŸ˜ƒ

d.knape

Sun 5th Jul 2020 02:47

I tried using Make-up.
It didn't help!
πŸ˜ƒ

d.knape

Mon 22nd Jun 2020 03:43

ha. no wonder your husband is hiding
behind the Hydrangas.
He looks leery of what may be around the corner!
haha

d.knape

Sat 20th Jun 2020 12:27

Who is that
hiding behind the Hydrangeas?
Tell him to come out
with his hands up!
πŸ˜ƒ

Philipos

Fri 5th Jun 2020 20:06

Jennifer - so glad you liked cave paintings - were it not for my fear of deep dark spaces I would have tried in earlier times spending a night in one, just to see how it went. Take care and thanks for the comment. P

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Nigel Astell

Wed 22nd Apr 2020 02:13

Thanks for your like on Pushing Boundaries Jennifer.

d.knape

Mon 20th Apr 2020 23:03

Tuscany, huh?
Is it overwhelmed by Chinese Virus?
so many people died in Italy.
Are you safe & sound?

Philipos

Sun 29th Mar 2020 19:09

At The Graveside - appreciate the like - hope all goes well with you in Tuscany. Blessings. P. πŸ‘

Philipos

Tue 24th Mar 2020 14:01

Thank you Jennifer - Drifting - alas not in any meaningful way. On the other hand it might have scared the life out of me had it been a ghost. πŸ‘

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Abdul Ahmad

Fri 20th Mar 2020 19:25

Hello Jennifer

I put my foot right in it........
I hail from North Africa. Nurtured by the Nile and ripened by the desert.

Abdul

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Abdul Ahmad

Wed 18th Mar 2020 11:43

Hello Jennifer

Thank you for endorsing, "The final destination".

Tuscany must be the reward for enduring Scotland during your working life.

Philipos

Sat 14th Mar 2020 09:00

Jennifer - thanks for commenting on some of my recent work - it must be of great concern to you being under a health curfew - healing thoughts and prayers. P

Philipos

Fri 13th Mar 2020 19:12

Jennifer - your recent comment (Gorgonzola) appreciated thanks. Sorry to hear you are in lock down out there - worrying time for the entire universe I guess. May you be safe and well protected. P. πŸ‘

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Tom

Sun 8th Mar 2020 17:59

Hi Jennifer, thank you for reading and commenting on 'Strangeness and Experience'. The lines you picked out were exactly the inspiration and drive behind writing it. So glad you enjoyed. Poetry is the perfect place for us to all indulge our eccentricities together πŸ˜ƒ Tom

d.knape

Sun 1st Mar 2020 10:35

Thanks for your comment on my poem, "Evil".
Luckily the poem turned out fairly good,
not evil!

(watch out for those Red People!)
πŸ˜ƒ

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