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Taylor Crowshaw

Email: taylor.crowshaw@yahoo.ie
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Be True To Your Voice (The fear of rejection) I have always written poetry. It is only now with the passage of time that I have gained the confidence to let my voice be heard. I live surrounded by crazy animals and wonderful children. Over the years I have had a career in underwriting insurance policies. Recently I self published an autobiographical work of poetry. I am a mother of ten, grandmother of nineteen and great grandmother of one. My story deserved to be told, to be related to by many ordinary people who have had similar experiences. Poetry cannot be stylised into somebody else's voice. Our voices are individual they belong to us they are us. In our poetry we should be true to our voice. I understand that poetry magazines look for a type of voice which is absolutely fine. In truth it can only be what an individual or individuals enjoy which limits their choices of poets to publish. Of course this is absolutely ok, however to try and emulate their voice is a fools errand. Surely we can only write, and create pictures from our own pallet. Each poem in whatever style or genre has value. Do not be discouraged or afraid, embrace rejection because it is only one or a group of individuals preferences. Your voice deserves to be heard. I found encouragement from a blog which helped me to hold true and have confidence in my work. I want to reach out and touch people in a way that only the written word can. I do not measure my success not in a monetary way. Although that is important and welcome. The measure of my success lies in these few simple words: If you laugh with me, I have succeeded. Cry with me, I have succeeded. Chuckle or weep, success. If I evoke emotion I have succeeded. The one thing I have learnt is that you cannot force or formulate poetry. The words just arrive and bang on the door until you let them out. I hope that this small rant has been of some interest and look forward to your comments. Taylor

Samples

Whispers How easily those words trip from your tongue. Softly spoken still they are wrong. Like poison delivered from a viper's bite. Swiftly gone as in the dead of night. Sickly murmurings soft as silk. Still the words drip drip from your cup of milk. Oh how easily you sigh. You hear my breath catch as you pass by. Thick and heavy your words rain down. Their smothering voice in which I drown. You are blind, can you not see, those whisperings destroying me. I am bowed, defeated this battle lost. I surrender, my life the cost. ยฉ 2018 Taylor Crowshaw Smile Where are you behind that smile. I have not seen you in a while. Your hollow laughter I can hear. I know you must be somewhere near. I want to reach in and pull you out. If I do you will only shout. Retreating again to your safe place. With just a smile on your face. ยฉ 2018 Taylor Crowshaw Who Said That? Someone once said to me. 'You need to write amazing poetry.' I can only write the words that come into my head, but I would love to write amazing poetry instead. Is there a special formula of which I am unaware? Or do they pluck the words from out of thin air? The words just appear to me as if I'm being fed, but I would love to write amazing poetry instead. I feel as if I'm always clowning around. Looking everywhere for amazing poems to be found. I can't find them anywhere, even under my bed. So I'll just have to write whatever pops into my head. ยฉ 2018 Taylor Crowshaw

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Jon Stainsby

Tue 14th Aug 2018 08:45

Thank you for your kindness, Taylor.

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Big Sal

Sun 12th Aug 2018 23:07

I always say mothers are gods in the eyes of their children, and when the day is done, sometimes our words are the ichor that's left running from a golden leaf onto an imprint of our memory. Hope you don't get tired of me saying so - but your stuff is a helluva read!

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Anya

Sat 11th Aug 2018 16:37

Hi Taylor!

Thank you so much for your support!!! Lots of love back to you!!!

Thank you!!! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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Jane Briganti

Sat 11th Aug 2018 16:28

I appreciate your comment on "Alive"; please know I did not mean to make you cry!๐Ÿ˜Š

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Danny G.

Thu 9th Aug 2018 00:59

Thanks Taylor for taking the time to read my poem and commenting on it! I appreciate it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Big Sal

Wed 8th Aug 2018 14:31

Of course you're not offending, and I'm glad you enjoyed the poem Taylor. Means a lot knowing I can put something out and have people enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.๐ŸŒท

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Christine Renshaw

Wed 8th Aug 2018 11:19

Thank you so much for reading and commenting on 'the armchair of oblivion' xx

d.knape

Wed 8th Aug 2018 02:22


we are all ophans
in the storm of life-
some find a doorstep
some never do.

thanks for you kind comments.
๐Ÿ˜€

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Jane Briganti

Tue 7th Aug 2018 07:42

Thank you Taylor for your lovely comments and ongoing support! Jane๐Ÿ˜Š

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 6th Aug 2018 17:58

Hello TC (Top Cat?) - you are ahead of me if you can use
a phone to post poetry online. My own mobile is about
as basic as they get - as is my PC and the "spare" back-up.
Your comments about writing what you know and feel will
resonate with many who may be unsure about "letting it all
hang out" in print. But don't we all look for and admire
honesty in the expression of how we feel about something?
Poetry is the ideal forum for that!
Best wishes
MC

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Jon Stainsby

Mon 6th Aug 2018 16:21

Hi Taylor,

Thank you also for your support.

Jon

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Kate G

Mon 6th Aug 2018 10:26

Hi Taylor, I really appreciate your encouraging words about my work. I'm really looking forward to delving more into your work in the coming days too - I'm so glad I found this community. xx

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Anya

Sun 5th Aug 2018 23:05

Hi Taylor,

Thank you so much for your support and comments on some of my poems!!! I appreciate it so so much, and it means a lot!!!

Thank you!!!

Anya ๐Ÿ˜˜

d.knape

Sun 5th Aug 2018 03:31


Your photos appeal
so much to the masses,
two cute Burros we see
to some, just two asses.

wink.

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Rose Casserley

Sat 4th Aug 2018 14:09

and how lucky you are Taylor that Foxy drops by. No doubt you have his meals ready!






Rose ๐Ÿ’‹

d.knape

Fri 3rd Aug 2018 05:01

why are you poking that chicken?
she's making breakfast!
๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Jane Briganti

Thu 2nd Aug 2018 22:54

Thank you Taylor for the lovely comment on "Silently Sad".

Much appreciated! Jane๐Ÿ˜Š

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Jane Briganti

Mon 30th Jul 2018 20:47

Thank you for commenting on "What a Shame". It's appreciated!๐Ÿ˜Š

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Big Sal

Mon 30th Jul 2018 18:09

Hey Taylor,

Another good day I hope? To answer your question, I have put poems on this blog that have yet to be published in any book (i.e. Cressida), but I am planning to use them as such. According to the US Copyright Office, my writings are not copyrighted until filed with them. So, when I do put these unpublished poems in a published book, I will acknowledge it probably both in the beginning of the book and the end of it. So yes, I would acknowledge it, and just keep a tab of the ones you have written on here so you know exactly which ones fit the bill.


Hope all is well on your side of the planet! Let me know if you have any other questions or need advice, always happy to oblige.

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Big Sal

Thu 26th Jul 2018 18:58

Sorry for the confusion Taylor, the picture I have posted holding a feather is actually just a promo picture I made yesterday that I thought I'd use to replace my current profile picture and aid in advertising. Hopefully the actual cover of my book will evoke its namesake and be just as eye-catching as your own book - with the flowers and all. Alas, I am using actual pressed flowers for a cover so as of now they are still in my textbook being weighed down by a fireproof safe.๐Ÿ˜ Should be done in time though. . .

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Jane Briganti

Thu 26th Jul 2018 06:40

I really like your sample "Who said that?". Clever, upbeat and humorous!

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Jane Briganti

Thu 26th Jul 2018 06:27

Thank you for your comment "I felt the pain".๐Ÿ˜Š

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Fred Varden

Tue 24th Jul 2018 14:56

Thanks Taylor for taking the time to read it again, I like the fact that rhyme is important to you. Added you to my favourites but I hope your gonna upload more poems?

d.knape

Tue 24th Jul 2018 03:36


thank you for your comments on "Thoughts".
i appreciate that.

I notice you use the term "voice" a lot.
I am glad you found yours.
as for me, i hear voices,
not always mine.
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Fred Varden

Mon 23rd Jul 2018 22:36

Hello Taylor,

I just canโ€™t believe that at last I have found a like minded poet! So encouraging what you say in your profile, very brave and very, very true. Your poem โ€˜who said thatโ€™ is word for word how think about my poetry, and proves itโ€™s not just me with those same opinions! I will never win any competition as Iโ€™m incapable and not interested in writing โ€˜contemporary amazing poetryโ€™ even though I wrote a rhyming poem for Princess Anne, poetry magazines said โ€œso whatโ€ we still are not interested in your stuff. Must dash, going to read all your work! Take care

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Big Sal

Fri 20th Jul 2018 20:40

Your samples are eye-catching and interesting reads.๐Ÿ‘

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