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Melanie

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Updated: Sat, 4 Feb 2012 10:36 pm
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Biography

Melanie was lured into the hypnotic world of performance poetry, with the promise of cake at the Green Room. Now a fully fledged poetry junkie, she has been known to feed her filthy habit standing on street corners around Manchester, begging for "just a little rhyme, go on, you know you want to". Melanie's poem 'Afternoon with Pythagoras' was published in an anthology entitled 'Angel's Breath', available in December. She made her Australian debut in Sydney in August 2008 and was showcased at the Bolton Octagon in October 2008 by the beautiful writeoutloud and has since had guest slots at Stargazy Pie, Stirred and Manky Poets Melanie played the part of Jane, in her verse play Drowning Aristotle, along with the delectable Mr Rod Tame. The play won a 'Best of Manchester' award by City Life in July 2009. She also won a Northwest first prize in the 'Family Matters', in National adoption campaign competition in November 2011, with her poem 'Willow' Her first anthology 'The mythology of Trees' will be available late 2012

Samples

Harbour At Sydney harbour half the world away A school of fishermen assembles the rods the tackles the lines and reels the hi-tech fishing paraphernalia and the dead fish a young boy dangles a stick crafted with a kitchen knife to form a rod into the ocean He has tied a shoelace from his grubby boots to the end of his makeshift-rod double-knotted He straddles the shoreline as if the harbour was his own fishing-boat. He has seven freckles on his nose seven dark continents etched on his olive skin He tells me he has a half-eaten sarnie as bait and he grins In this moment I hope I hope though it flies in the freckled face of reason I hope that he catches a whale

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 18th Apr 2012 11:29

I'm presuming you picked up on 'Ari' for Aristotle, considering your interests. Once again,I look forward to more of your work on this blog.

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Val Cook

Sat 11th Feb 2012 20:52

Mel I love your Harbour Poem,all you poems are special. Its good to have you back on the boards. Pleased to have you acknowledge my Valentine too.
Val XX

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Greg Freeman

Sun 5th Feb 2012 22:18

Glad you appreciated Song of the Ofsted Inspectors, Melanie, and that it resonated with you. That means a lot. Greg

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 11th Sep 2009 12:12

I'm so glad to have met you at the Green Room last night. Harbour is excellent. I will now find time to read more of your work.

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Cathy

Thu 27th Aug 2009 23:39

re Harbour
ahh so do I hope he did/does catch a whale,
lovely poem x

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Sarah Cowther

Sat 27th Jun 2009 07:20

Hello Melanie. Could you send me a copy of your 'To be a Cat in love with a Man is Misery'. I would like to read it to my form. It's fab, I love it, you talented so and so. sassysezzy@yahoo.co.uk

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Frank Burton

Thu 26th Mar 2009 09:51

Great poem

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garside

Sun 21st Dec 2008 18:40

Hi Mel,

thanks for takin the time to read and comment on my work and your continued honesty

thank you - seasons greetings btw

steve

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garside

Sun 21st Dec 2008 18:40

Hi Mel,

thanks for takin the time to read and comment on my work and your continued honesty

thank you - seasons greetings btw

steve

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Gus Jonsson

Sun 21st Dec 2008 17:54

HI Love Dust

What wonderful lady you are....Thanks for your comment ...the extract is from approx mid point in a book I'm strugglin' with... how perceptive ypu are.... Little Fish...

Love ya Dillions
Gus

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Zuzanna Musial

Thu 4th Dec 2008 16:47

Dear Mel

Thank you so much for the lovely comment you left on my latest poem the 'Amazon Rainforest'
Truly appreciated...:)

Take care,
Zuzanna
xx

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Steve OConnor

Thu 13th Nov 2008 15:13

Harbour.

It's good. Yet another good poem, Mel. It's very well paced and your use of repetition is subtle and effective. Following the repetition with the line -

"and the dead fish" seems like a bit of an anti-climax, but I think it serves as really good hook (no pun intended). It's very grounded - repetition done badly can lead to some grand 'and here's the statement of the poem' - you've totally avoided that. It reads like a very authentic poem.

"seven dark continents etched on his olive skin" - is also a blinder of a line. Love it.

However... "half the world away" is a cliche. Sorry, but it is. And it's a shame to have something as superfluous as that at the beginning of such a good poem. Personally, I'd get rid of that line. I don't think you need it - and the poem would be better for its omission.

Having a cliche at the beginning of your poem may discourage a new reader from reading the rest of it - which would be a shame.

Don't hate me. It's tough love. ;-)

And not a swear word in sight!

Oh, hold on...

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Gus Jonsson

Sat 1st Nov 2008 20:00

aren;t you lovely.... thank you mel

Gus x

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garside

Sat 1st Nov 2008 09:30

ta very much for your comments Ms : )

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Philip Golding

Fri 31st Oct 2008 23:59

Thanks Mel for your comment on my Emotional Rainbows. That is the title poem for the show I have written. There is is a ten min version of the 1 hour show on the 14th of Nov on the Embrio Night. Come along.

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Gus Jonsson

Tue 21st Oct 2008 22:44

Hello again Melanie

Thank you for you kind comment....I always try to look both ways to the middle....

Look foward to seeing you again soon
GusX

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Steve OConnor

Wed 13th Aug 2008 10:37

Little Monster.

Great poem, Mel. Speaks honestly about how frustrating and exhausting the creative process can be.

I loved the phrase 'umbilical discord'. As with a lot of your work there's a very focused use of language that means the poem demands a re-read.

Cracking stuff.

Steve

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Tomás Ó Cárthaigh

Tue 15th Jul 2008 17:37

Yes, for something negative melancholy has a rather jolly ring to it. I never though of it like that before, actually...

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Zuzanna Musial

Thu 10th Jul 2008 19:57

Dear Melanie

Thank you so much for the wonderful comment on my poem "Beautiful Life"- Life is beautiful indeed.

Warmest Regards,
Zuzanna
xx

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Jordan Saxby

Fri 4th Jul 2008 09:11

Really well done for last night, i'm now hooked! You'll defo see me next month!

There were so many really good poets, im glad to be able to perform with them!

Have fun,
Jordan

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Zuzanna Musial

Fri 4th Jul 2008 07:43

Dear Malanie

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my poem 'A Smile A Day'

Kind Regards,
Zuzanna
xx

Shirley Collinge

Thu 3rd Jul 2008 11:06

Hi Melanie,

Thank you for your comment on my poem 'Dance A Dream'. I love your poem 'Little Man Melancholy' it is very thought provoking.

Sincerely Shirley

Sean Stanley

Tue 3rd Jun 2008 22:28

Thoroughly enjoyed Melancholy Man, I could imagine him looking like a Sinatra/Hemingway cross. An ode at its finest.

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Jordan Saxby

Tue 3rd Jun 2008 16:24

Love the poems! especially little man melachony, it poetryfied a mindframe i keep having where i enjoy the sadness, but you can never enjoy melancholy.

Very good,
Have fun,
Jordan

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Philip Golding

Tue 3rd Jun 2008 12:40

HIya

Thanks for the your kind comments on my page. I am now thinking of putting together a poetry book of romantic poems and on move in general.

Greetings from Sir Knight born upon noble steed
Tear of joy knowing its my poetry you read
I Sir Cumference, must go, but'll be back soon
I'm off to write to Mills and Boon

C ya

Phil

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Jeff Dawson

Mon 2nd Jun 2008 23:26

Hi Mel, thanks for your comment about 'New Model Army' - it's the effect I was hoping for so feedback like that is really appreciated, Jeff X

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garside

Sun 1st Jun 2008 13:17

ta very much Ms : )

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carol falaki

Tue 20th May 2008 21:43

Hi Melanie, thanks for your kind comment about my blog entry. The shoe, and A plea.
I am especially glad because it brought me to your page and I have read and enjoyed your poems very much. I especially liked Poppy. Your poems speak.

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Alison Mary Dunn

Tue 20th May 2008 19:17

Hi Melanie

thanks for your thoughts on 'Free Fall'. Much appreciated.

I'm loving your poem 'Love Bites' and you read it well. I have listened to it a few times now. Very very interesting. You pack a lot into your poems. 'Love Bites' is my favourite.

thanks for sharing..

Ally

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Zuzanna Musial

Tue 6th May 2008 17:56

Hello, Melanie

Thank you for being there and placing such a lovely comment on my latest poem. Hope all is well.
Missing your writing...Hope to read some new art of your creative mind.

Take care,
Zuzanna
xx

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