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ray pool

Email: raypool@live.co.uk
Email: poolray1@gmail.com
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Updated: Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:07 pm

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Biography

After attempting to establish myself as a photographer, I worked in printing for a while, then into music publishing and the BBC where I was allocated fairly menial jobs having insufficient qualifications and a lower middle class background which was a death knell in the sixties. My career took off as a freelance musician in the seventies during which time I was fortunate enough to work with top artists, most of them household names - like Domestos. * Writing poetry has been a constant activity throughout and now having retired I am delighted to be able to spent lots of time pursuing that and also reading live. I have had a pamphlet published called "A History nailed down" published by Dempsey and Windle. I have an ability for mimicking voices and accents and try to use them in live readings. * just joking.

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Amateur Musicians They straddled the bar big men all. I looked up to them as from afar. They talked of mouthpieces brass technique, perfection sought with breath in their cheek and huff in their puff following through with their lip speak. Embouchure, bores everyone that was their way of having fun.

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Audio entries by ray pool

HEADS AND TALES (10/12/2017)

STEAM DREAMS (07/12/2017)

THE LAST NOEL (05/12/2017)

LAST JOBS IN THE GARDEN (30/11/2017)

DISLOCATION (15/11/2017)

ST.ANDREW'S PARISH CHURCH (07/11/2017)

A MINER'S RETURN HOME (31/10/2017)

UMBILICUS (25/10/2017)

UMBILICUS (25/10/2017)

DUO (23/10/2017)

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 9th Dec 2017 23:55

Hi Ray - thanks for the comment on my blog. I do believe
there's a place for cynicism - purely on the grounds that
I also believe that "cynicism is the last resort of idealism".

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Tommy Carroll

Tue 28th Nov 2017 23:17

Hi Keith, Ray, Colin and Jon
Thank you all for your posts and I can advise you of my intent to write a massive thriller about containment, strangers and with no point of reference- a bit like my local- Tommy. ;- )

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 27th Nov 2017 12:02

Jeez Louise, that is one sexy photo in black and white. And also one fine picture in colour, still - commanding!

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Tommy Carroll

Sat 25th Nov 2017 21:13

Cheers Ray "click" re "Excuse my hand"
And
I remember the outtakes of the same film. Tommy
;- )

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Wolfgar Miere

Fri 24th Nov 2017 22:57

Hello you old dog, liking your suave new picture and your revised profile.

David.

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Jon

Wed 22nd Nov 2017 22:16

Ray
Cheers for kind comments on the dresser. They mean more than you'll ever know. I always have this nagging feeling that stuff I write isn't good enough to be posted so your comments have helped me loads.
Thanks again fella

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Tom Harding

Tue 14th Nov 2017 18:35

Ray thanks for the comments, I've always appreciated your feedback on my poems, will let you know about the book availability next month when hopefully I know more.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 28th Oct 2017 11:37

No voice is more real than your own, literally or poetically.

(Just did a recheck on your bio. There are so many fine works on WOL, I like to refresh my memory of the actual writers too.)

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Hannah Collins

Fri 27th Oct 2017 18:36

Thank you Ray so much for your comment on my poem The Bound Bird. Really appreciated.

Hannah

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 16th Oct 2017 10:56

thanks very much for commenting on 'Bait' Ray - glad you liked it - I'm hopeless at visiting WOL site at the moment - so only get to see comments when I come back to post something new - so sincere apologies for delay in responding - I really must make more of an effort to visit and contribute

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David Cooke

Sat 7th Oct 2017 09:03

Hi Ray Glad you liked the 'Cities' poem! They're all going up on my FB poetry page now (with others):

https://www.facebook.com/aslowblues/

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David Cooke

Wed 13th Sep 2017 06:31

Hi Ray Glad you liked my Sri lanka poem. Don't know if you bother with FaceBoook but I have have started off a poetry page on it to give a bit more exposure to some of my older poems that have been buried in various collections over the years. Here's the link:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/aslowblues/posts/?ref=page_internal

I'm planning to put something up every week or so.

Maybe you could 'like' it.

David

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Hannah Collins

Mon 4th Sep 2017 17:45

Hi Ray, thanks for your comments on my poem The Man On The Corner. I look forward to getting to know your work.
Hannah

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Dominic James

Wed 30th Aug 2017 08:41

Hi Ray, thanks for your feedback on On Leave, encouragement always appreciated. The first line, possibly the last line, belongs to Ernie Pyle, WWII correspondent who, as you may know, was very popular for his companionable, unhyped stories from the front, for the folks back home, who are involved too, of course.
Dom.

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David Cooke

Sat 12th Aug 2017 09:20

HI Ray I'm so glad you like my Antoinette poem and I think that your comment is a pretty good poem in its own right!

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David Blake

Mon 26th Jun 2017 23:33

Thanks for your comments on 'The Roast' Ray...a pleasure to hear your take, as always. DB.

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kJ Walker

Tue 13th Jun 2017 07:17

Hi Ray. Thanks for commenting on Grandad Slugshaw. As always your comments are much appreciated
Cheers Kevin

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Tom Harding

Mon 5th Jun 2017 21:31

Hi ray, thanks for the kind comment on my potw much appreciated!

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keith jeffries

Tue 30th May 2017 11:41

Hello Ray, thank you for your comment on A Wartime Journey. I was born in January 1948 so am only able to recollect the aftermath of the war in and around Birmingham. My poems covering this period and also the Great War are taken from the experiences of family and friends who lived through these times. I hope I do justice to their memories. Later this year I hope to publish a book which will include two sections of poetry devoted to the World Wars. I´ll keep you posted. Thank you again for you comments as always they are much appreciated. Keith

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Ian Whiteley

Sat 20th May 2017 12:51

Aye Up Ray - thanks so much for commenting on 'Gone' I'm pleased that you liked it - but it's sad, in a way, that it had to be written at all. I appreciate your feedback mate
Ian

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kJ Walker

Sun 14th May 2017 10:20

Hi Ray. Thanks for your comments on "Shut Thi' Clack".
I've been looking at, and listening to Stanley Holloway Monologues, since reading your comment. I'm flattered to be even mentioned in the same sentence as this great old master. unfortunately if you'd have heard me trying to read you'd withdraw your comment. I fell flat on my arse on my last two attempts. (something I'm going to have to work on)

Cheers Kevin

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keith jeffries

Sat 13th May 2017 22:19

Ray, Thank you for commenting on the poem Lost and Held. I was 11 years old when my aunt drew my attention to the house in question and what had taken place during the war. It has always remained with me. An awful display of grief. Thank you again. Keith

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keith jeffries

Thu 11th May 2017 18:55

Ray, thank you for commenting on The Tango. It is something which is all too familiar where I live. I have grown to love the music which is so rich in drama. Much appreciated as always. Keith

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Stu Buck

Tue 11th Apr 2017 04:22

hello ray
not sure where i picked up on it, my brain is patchy, but congrats on having a pamphlet published. it is richly deserved, your work is funny, touching and intelligent, often all at once. as soon as it is available please let me know so i can buy one.
wonderful stuff.

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keith jeffries

Fri 7th Apr 2017 09:25

Hello Ray, Thank you for commenting on Just after... Your comment was true indeed. I waited for my sweets which I shared with my Nan. They were always humbugs. It was a different world. Thank you again. Keith

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 3rd Apr 2017 12:59

thanks for the kind comments on 'returning home' Ray - you have understood EXACTLY the meaning of this piece - thanks very much for taking the time to comment
Ian

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David Cooke

Sat 11th Mar 2017 06:27

Hi Ray Thanks for kind comment on Prickly pear. David

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 10th Mar 2017 19:08

Ta Ray for your comment re "Lift" Tommy

C Byrne

Thu 9th Feb 2017 10:21

Thanks for the comment Ray. It's a self-portrait 😃

Have you ever been to Aldeburgh poetry festival? Well worth a visit...

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elPintor

Mon 6th Feb 2017 00:07

Hey there, Ray,

Thanks for commenting, AGAIN, on "..to make something beautiful". I agree that the comments are insightful..a much desired affect of putting one's writing in public view. I've come into much more than I would've expected from such an open and varied forum..and, I know that I have people like you to thank for that, Ray..

..now back ya' go, like a good fella'..

elP

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