The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Words’ by Jon Stainsby

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This Monday sees poet Jon Stainsby chosen for the second time, with his piece Words awarded Poem of the Week. Our congratulations to Jon, who is another of our contributors living outside the UK, and our thanks to him for his responses to our Q&A.

 

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A long time ago in the 1970s, I was listening to Marc Bolan and his group of the sixties, Tyrannosaurus Rex. He was writing songs and poetr...

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The first poem in the first poetry book I bought, way back in the early 1970s, consisted of two lines: “He breathed in air, he breathed out light./Cha...

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The use of pause breaks instead of punctuation was the first thing that struck me about this debut collection from West Midlands poetry workshop leade...

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