'Song for the old year' by John Marks is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Song for the old year’ by John Marks, a 14-line poem about winter weather and birdsong. In his answers to our questions John says he is interested in shorter poems and in adapting the sonnet form to “a modern milieu”.  He is inspired by poetry from the past, and endorses Wordsworth on poetry being “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings”. It is the second time that John has wo...

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