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Tom Harding

Web: www.tomarianne.net
Updated: Thu, 1 Jun 2017 11:27 pm

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Biography

I live in Northampton and when I can I write and draw... Samples of my work can be found at www.tomarianne.net I've also had poems published in Parameter Magazine, identitytheory.com, unlikelystories.org, nthposition.com, The CommonLine project.

Samples

Observing One Who Prays You kneel a the bed, With pursed lips, Like a child listening At the edge of woods. You mistake the wind For the sound of spirits. You see your prayer Descending peeks, Through storms and rain And endless oceans. Your faith is still intact, Patient as a widow, Who burns the candle On the nights shore, Awaiting news From the worlds end. You Are Like A God... You are like a god, But greater than a god, Around you is a greater quiet. Your silence feeds the Minds of men Who bring themselves To be fed at your feet. They pray for forgiveness -Which is greater than gods too- And lather themselves Into intense rituals. They maneuver in ornate Chapels and churches - All greater than gods- And softly furnished vestibules Clouded in incense. You induce men to madness And drive them arms first into death. Yours is the very thing that Compels men to build cities And demolish the buildings of others.

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

Blog entries by Tom Harding

The Big Sleep (27/09/2017)

First Snow (26/09/2017)

2.38 am (05/09/2017)

The Moon Tonight (03/09/2017)

In Another Room (26/08/2017)

Harvesting (20/08/2017)

Late Summer (17/08/2017)

Balcony (15/08/2017)

An Hour Before (15/06/2017)

How It Happens (12/06/2017)

Read more entries by Tom Harding…

Blog link: https://www.writeoutloud.net/blogs/tomharding

Audio entries by Tom Harding

I've Cried Enough For You (15/10/2012)

The Desk (13/10/2012)

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Fri 2nd Jun 2017 03:46

Hi Tom, as a new fan, I've shared my discovery on my blog. https://francesmacaulayforde.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/tom-harding/

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Ian Whiteley

Fri 17th Mar 2017 01:00

thanks for commenting on 'devil on my right shoulder' Tom - glad that you liked it
Ian

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David Cooke

Mon 2nd Jan 2017 08:25

HI Tom Thanks for kind comment on Art Pepper.

Preeti Sinha

Sun 30th Aug 2015 13:14

Thanks Tom for getting what I was inarticulately trying to convey in my poem :)

Preeti Sinha

Sun 30th Aug 2015 13:00

Thanks Tom for reading and your comments :) Much appreciated!

David Moore

Fri 28th Aug 2015 16:36

Thank you Tom I appreciate your comments on "Mutiny". Especially as I happened across your poem "Kitchen" today, I have to say it was magnificent. Its delicasy and atmosphere made me feel very inadequate.

I didn't comment as I couldn't think of anything that really summed up my feeling, although you have now prompted me to do so.

To be honest it is as fine a piece of work as I have seen anywhere on this site.

Again, thank you for reading and commenting.

David

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raypool

Fri 28th Aug 2015 14:04

Yes, Kitchen was excellent, but your sample piece I enjoyed also - I love the momentum and flow, an enviable asset. The subject is a well trodden road, but with a real insight free of bias. I am reminded of Christie Brown.

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 3rd Feb 2013 01:11

Cheers Tom- things are just so- :o)

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Fkx

Sat 12th Jan 2013 07:37

Thanks Tom, for reading and responding to my poetry. Your interaction is most welcome and greatly appreciated. I will get on to your other poems as well, time permitting. It shall be a busy year! Good stuff unfolding. See you 'round the site or better yet on our poems. Cheers.

tony sheridan

Fri 11th Jan 2013 20:04

Hi Tom. Thanks for your comment on The Rapids. I have just checked out Gary Snyder on youtube. Many thanks for that. Take care, Tony.

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Ledger de la Bald

Fri 11th Jan 2013 19:49

Hi Tom-thanks for your feedback on 'A Tradition Saved', I'm pleased you are enjoying the tales.
Tall tales? Stranger things happen out there at sea!

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Fri 11th Jan 2013 19:08

Many thanks Tom re 'Voyager'
means a lot,coming from thee.xx

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Isobel

Sat 27th Oct 2012 21:42

Thanks for your comment Tom. I'm going to try to improve it some more but I'm glad you liked it as it is. I think in performance that second verse probably wouldn't seem weak - you can't get away with anything on the page though, can you? :)

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Jade

Tue 23rd Oct 2012 17:15

Hello Tom,

I've just looked on your To Marianne website - you have some lovely work there - particularly like your drawings. You can look at my poetry if you want, but it's a bit embarrassing compared to yours. Also could you send me the rest of your '30 Das of November', I was enjoying it.

Jade x

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chris stevenson

Tue 16th Oct 2012 10:27

.. hello Tom ..pleased you enjoyed 'Arlette' .. thanks.



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Isobel

Fri 7th Sep 2012 17:09

Thanks for taking a look at my poem Tom. Glad you liked it. It's good to see you back posting as well!

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John Coopey

Thu 6th Sep 2012 22:57

Glad you liked "George Best" Tom.
The reason I hadn't bought the trousers was that choice was a bit limited in 42 inch waists.
But I could probably have got into George Best's shorts.

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 11th Apr 2012 15:58

Hello Tom - your kind comments about "Brothers" are very welcome. The poem follows the old wisdom "write about what you know" so I will not claim any visitation from some other-worldly spark of imagination.

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Tue 28th Feb 2012 18:41

Hi to you Tom.
Really appreciate
your comments on 'In between days'

Thank you Sir!

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Edwin Stockdale

Sun 26th Feb 2012 19:02

Thank you for the lovely comments on my poem.

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Freda Davis

Wed 22nd Feb 2012 11:18

Hi Tom, I am glad you found my comments useful. I do find a lot of comments on here focus on the topic rather than the poetry. I really enjoy looking at how a poem works and what goes into it. I loved Stylistics, at University because it was like a Sherlock Holmes approach to the poem. What is really there? You are welcome to comment on my poems any time.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 26th Aug 2011 14:10

Tom, I have been intending to thank you for your comment on my 'O Sweet Confusion", your high praise that it reminded you of Basho. Those lines are among my favourites in all my works.

I greatly enjoy the writing of Haiku and Tanka too, for I find the 'prescribed' syllable structure very stimulating, if I choose to use it. With haiku I always have to ask myself: Where does egotism interfere with sincerity? Cinquains and Diamante are fabulous forms also, in their very structured brevity.

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Wed 10th Aug 2011 15:23


very grateful Tom
for your views on my poem
-Crepuscular-

much appreciated.

Stef.

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Philipos

Tue 9th Aug 2011 19:50

Thank you for your kind comments on 'Darkness and Light' Tom, much appreciated.

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John Coopey

Sun 7th Aug 2011 20:33

Thanks for your comments on Kopi Luwak, Tom. If you try some let me know what it's like.

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David Cooke

Thu 4th Aug 2011 22:12

Hi Tom Thanks for the positive feedback on Chemo. I'll have to check out some of yours!

Terry White

Thu 4th Aug 2011 00:23

Thanks much for the comments on 'I Adore.'

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Elaine Booth

Tue 5th Apr 2011 23:15

Thanks for your comment, Tom.

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Dave D Poet Rhumour

Fri 25th Mar 2011 14:22

hello Tim, my thanks go out to you for your kind comments on 'Stars Would Gladly Cast Their Gleam' - much appreciated :) Best wishes, Dave

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andy n

Mon 7th Feb 2011 08:15

Hi Tom;

Cheers for the comments on the poem on 'Before the Curtains Open'.

Although I do like sometimes writing in complex language, this is a piece where I use the language to totally differnt effect, and it ended up been one of those poems, I must admit that started off that started in one direction and ended up in totally another if that makes sense, but it is a snapshot really of a recent memory.

But glad you like it

Cheers – A

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