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M.C. Newberry

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Author of poems printed in national and regional publications. Also factual articles and short stories. Writer of six on spec screenplays - some read (Paramount <US> and also BBC/ITV etc.) - none accepted to date. But it's great therapy! Poems published by Red Candle Press, Peace and Freedom Press and Poetry Now. This author's "concept" collection of verse & lyrics was compiled under the title "SINGING WORDS" and published by Janus Publishing.Co.Ltd. The Otley Press collection "SPOKES" (2014) - celebrating the Tour de France in Yorkshire - contains my poem "LYCRA CLAD LOONY". My CD - "POETRY TO PLEASE" contains 21 poems in verse form with music settings. One of the poems, "English Hills", was given a four page spread against superb colour landscape photos in the magazine "THIS ENGLAND". Very rewarding in content and context! The cover of the CD, using my photo, adorns this page. Also happily writing songs, song lyrics and tunes, some recorded by Women In Country (JIP Records of Nashville, TN. USA). Admires the craft and skill of yesteryear's poets and songwriters, but can still be pleasantly impressed by more modern material. My comic-crime novel NOVEMBER UNIFORM (Grosvenor House Publishing/ISBN 9781786232502 is available from Amazon (p/back & Kindle) and on order from bookshops.


THOUGHTS AT CHRISTMAS How fitting now in deep December, When days are short and spirits low, That in our hearts we will remember Those we knew who had to go. Christmas hours are briefly bright... Their spark is spent in winter's pay And soon surrenders to each night When light retreats and fades away. But O how wonderful this living! How magical this life we own, That we are given to go on giving When time takes those that we have known. .............................................

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

Audio entries by M.C. Newberry

WHERE DO YOU GO? (17/06/2018)

POSITIVE THOUGHTS AT CHRISTMAS:year old..spirit young! (15/12/2017)


THE MENIN GATE - Remembrance Day Remembered (09/11/2017)

WHEN YOU WALKED INTO MY LIFE - audio reprise (01/09/2017)

DOWN BY THE MEWSTONE - audio version (30/08/2017)

ENGLISH HILLS - an audio version (27/08/2017)

LAST POST - closing the book (05/08/2017)

YESTERDAY ONCE MORE - a re-post for the summer hols! (01/08/2017)

LOOK AT ME (15/01/2017)

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Wolfgar Miere

Sat 13th Oct 2018 10:43

Thanks for setting me straight on the Capra/Capa confusion, its always good to get things sorted.

Strangely I had heard of Capa as a famous photographer but had failed to self correct my misunderstanding, thanks for putting me right. I adjusted my comment on Doom and Gloom accordingly, but did leave a comment regarding your helpful correction.

Thanks again,


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Ian Whiteley

Thu 11th Oct 2018 13:56

thanks for commenting on the blog about my new CD 'screaming blue murder' Mark - I appreciate it


Wed 10th Oct 2018 12:43

dear master of ceremonies
i like your "arrest room". funny.

is that YOU on the park bench?

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Jane Briganti

Sun 7th Oct 2018 18:50

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

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 7th Oct 2018 15:50

MCN many thanks for reading Jake's Place. It is a lovely part of our Isle.

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Shirley Smothers

Sat 6th Oct 2018 15:21

Hello M.C., thank you for your comment on my poem SHIRLEY. I do keep plugging along. As Dory the fish from from FINDING NEMO, "Just keep swimming."


Mon 1st Oct 2018 02:27

Where there's a pub
there's beer and grub
don't drink too much
or you'll get clubbed
Contain yourself
it's best because
you could end up
with just a nub!

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Mae Foreman

Sat 29th Sep 2018 19:39

Dear M.C. Thank you for taking the time to read my long long message! I do value well founded criticism, hence my message! And I hope I find a profession that offers me insights into the human condition too, it's ultimately what fascinates me the most. I guess that's where you get all your inspiration and, mind you, that is what I meant by "experience" . I hope my words didn't sound too much of an angry outburst! I'm not used to expressing my personal views, out loud, in English, unsolicitedly, and I hope I didn't scare you! Thank you for all the advice! I love your work and I hope I manage to write again something that you'll like! πŸ˜ƒ

P.S. I think kindness, the simplest thing, can be a lifebuoy when you're stuck in the quagmire of cynicism.


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Mae Foreman

Sat 29th Sep 2018 14:15

Dear M.C. Newberry, I was looking at our very short conversation in my profile and taking a second look at my response to your lovely comment on my poem "I can olerate Death" I realized that what I said was quite a humdrum thing to say! The truth is I'm not good at commenting,I'm not good with the literal things, I am also not very crafty with words, or precise, for that matter; sometimes I ask myself why I bother to write, and then I remember: It's cause I got things to say. I'm young, that may be obvious to you who from what I understand are very experienced but I've been places. Places a young person shouldn't pass by that early on and I've seen things. Things that most people see when the greater part of their life has passed things that a few lucky ones will never see. And yes, I got stuff to say. This I do. So thank you for your comment! appreciate it more than you know! And allow me to rephrase my response: Yes, death does intrude into our minds! But God damn it, at my last minute, right before He takes me away I still got the last say with my last words! If I manage to beat him with my words and with my actions he doesn't really have the last say. I'll fight him like hell and even if I lose I'll know that through my fight I will have showed much more power than the only one he hold over us! He only has the power to eliminate us but He can't shut our mouths or the mouths of the ones we leave behind. I urge whoever bothers to listen: Speak up! Write out Loud! because "scripta manent"! And If we have to go before our time, if we can't go in our own terms, if He tries His best to deprive us of the right to hold our heads high and humiliate us we can still go kicking and screaming! And our screams will not be pleas and whimpers and cries of cowardice! They will be glorious curses and triumphant battlecries! Death lasts only a second but our existence, if we are loved, if we have have loved, can last forever. So, since you quoted W.E.Henley I'd like to do so as well:

"It matters not how strait the gate,
how charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul!

P.S. Forgive my fixation. I'm new at exposing my work and any kind of feedback is much sought! And definately deserving something more than: "Live like there's no tomorrow!" True as it may be!

Thanx again!


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Ged Thompson

Sat 29th Sep 2018 00:59

Thanks for the kind comments on my poem about Fred

I don't get o here very much anymore and often miss comments but i just saw yours

Thanks again


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Ged the Poet

Fri 28th Sep 2018 10:50

Thanks for your very kind words on 'The Ship they call Alzheimer's'.
I do have an alternate Verse 9 (which I have used for a local Dementia support group).

Alternate verse (9)...
When you see me do impulsive things
Risks I normally wouldn't take
It's how I am my friend these days
All I'm asking is a break

As a performance piece the line with 'piss take' has the shock factor. Much appreciated M.C.


Thu 27th Sep 2018 10:30

Re Lundy.
Thanks MC.

I wondered whether I really needed the "Miss", then decided it fitted better with the rhythm.

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Tue 25th Sep 2018 05:52

Thankyou for all your comments much appreciated my mind is a whirle it was a pleasure to see a man with such convictions and being truthful he would have my vote any day it’s a pity they are Ridiculed so much for being honest. I’m sure The truth will out. Kind Regards Wendy x

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 19th Sep 2018 00:31

MC your comment re "Her smile" is a touch that your recognition is something that warms.

Thank you


Mon 17th Sep 2018 23:36

dropout or suicide???
i knew my poetry was bad
but that's pretty extreme.

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sat 15th Sep 2018 19:14

Thanks M.C. I am picturing you reaching out for the remote..xx

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 4th Sep 2018 18:18

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

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Joe Williams

Mon 3rd Sep 2018 20:03

Thanks MC, glad you liked it πŸ˜ƒ

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Taylor Crowshaw

Mon 3rd Sep 2018 18:42

Thank you for your repost M.C. yep you were right if I lean over and look right down my nose..I can actually see my toes..πŸ˜‚

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Big Sal

Mon 3rd Sep 2018 05:20

Thanks for your interest and the kind word.

I have now posted the lyrics on my song page for anyone interested in reading them.

Have a good one.πŸ‘


Sun 2nd Sep 2018 02:30

I will get to read you poems soon.
still reading your bio.

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Taylor Crowshaw

Thu 30th Aug 2018 17:41

Thank you for commenting on A Quiet Man..your thoughts are always appreciated and of value to me....Taylor πŸ˜†

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Thu 30th Aug 2018 14:23

Thankyou for all your comments enjoy them all love wendy

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Big Sal

Mon 27th Aug 2018 13:20

Here in the US, for a copyright to be seen as 100% valid and enforceable by US law, the work must be registered with the US Copyright Office for full protection, and more importantly to be able to bring a lawsuit for infringement should the need arise. As far as I know, the Berne Convention only dictates the bare minimum here in the US, has very little influence over the US Copyright's current decisions, and has more sway overseas for other signatory countries than it does for the US. The US didn't even join until like 100 years after it was implemented (which should tell you how backward everything is here).

As a matter of fact, the Copyright Office even has an acknowledgement on their page that says a poor man's copyright (i.e. sending a sealed envelope to yourself) has no provision under copyright law here.

Yes they add that a work is copyrighted the second it is created, but to bring a lawsuit for infringement in this case, they require the work to be registered with them.

Hope this clears up some of the confusion, everything in the US is convoluted these days.

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sun 26th Aug 2018 21:50

Me-n-u the menu love it...πŸ˜ƒ

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 19th Aug 2018 20:55

thanks for your kind comments on 'screaming blue murder' Mark - I don't expect everyone to like my particular political view - that's not why I post - but thanks you for seeing some merit in the form - if not necessarily all of the message :-)

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Becky Who

Sat 18th Aug 2018 21:03

Hi, thanks for commenting "Geneva Airport" and telling your customs story. I have a similar tale: travelling across France in the last great heatwave (2005?), at a time when "Europe" meant that customs controls were no longer at the border, but instead they could stop you anywhere in the country. At a service station they stopped us in our clapped-out soft-top English Ford, me in full festival-hippy gear, my boyfriend (long hair, dark-skinned and bearded) bare-chested in shorts, and basically told us they WOULD find the drugs. They then set the dog to search the car ("find!" "find the drugs"! "go on boy!") before eventually leaving us alone. When we got back in the car we found it was full of dog hairs: I distinctly remember my boyfriend's parting sotto voce comment "next time you bring your dog, shave him first!"

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Sat 18th Aug 2018 16:30

Dear M C,

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment on my poem The Swiss Watch!!! So encouraging 😘😘😘

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Becky Who

Fri 17th Aug 2018 23:31

Hi thanks for commenting "I can't write today". I love "Thoughts at Christmas" - it speaks to me so strongly as it will to everyone who has lost someone (as in, pretty much everyone, eventually). Thank you.

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Jane Briganti

Fri 17th Aug 2018 17:41

Hello M.C., thank you for commenting on "Who Am I". I too believe that there is so much more to life than what we see. Energies are everywhere...we just need to be open to receive them!

Thank you for your continued interest. Jane😊

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