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Tue 2nd Jan 2018 16:53
Thank you so much for your comment on my poem.
Comment is about Chris Hubbard (poet profile)
Original item by Chris Hubbard
Sun 31st Dec 2017 14:10
"I also believe that poetry must be understood, first and foremost, in the reader's terms. Poetry should not be held up merely as an artifact of its creator, to be understood primarily by self-appointed 'experts'. Its magic is that, once published, it is in the care of others, whom I invite to read, understand and enjoy it on their own terms."
Having just revisited your profile, the above paragraph sums up perfectly my own feelings about how it is important that we set our scribblings free, both for others to interpret or extract whatever it is they feel, and that we should not set ourselves up as guardians or enforces in anyway that would restrict free thinking.
It was very refreshing to read your thoughts on that, many thanks.
Fri 20th Oct 2017 01:23
I'm home in WA at the moment, after seven months (whew!) away but I will be back in the UK early-ish in the New Year. The fact is that I have always hankered after a visit to Ireland, but never quite made it. This gives the perfect final "push" to do just that!
Frances Macaulay Forde
Thu 19th Oct 2017 12:58
I don't know if you're at home in WA at the moment or visiting UK as you've said you will be doing both regularly.
So I wondered if you find yourself in Ireland or the Cliffs of Moher may I recommend you pop into a lovely little bookshop near there: https://www.facebook.com/TheSalmonBookshopLiteraryCentre/
If you have time and she's in - introduce yourself to Jessie Lendennie who also runs Salmon Poetry: http://www.salmonpoetry.com/about-salmon.php
She's mentioned she'd love to meet more WA poets and please give her my best regards. 😃
Fri 24th Feb 2017 13:47
It's a small world when one can make contact within a city via an organisation on the other side of it!
Thanks for this information, which I will certainly follow up on. However, I'm off in a couple of weeks for a trip lasting six months, so my participation will be a little sparse at times. Luckily for me, my travels include plenty of time in the UK, so I plan to appear in open mics, etc. while I'm there.
Thu 23rd Feb 2017 08:23
HI Again Chris,
For my 50th birthday, I decided to give myself a degree in Creative Writing which I did at ECU. I was in the first intake of the new course and loved it.
Glen has been a mentor, now a valued friend and colleague, I'm know he'd be very pleased to 'catch up' with an ex student.
There's also the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA Branch in Cottesloe... not sure which suburb you live. Always good value and another place to read.
Voicebox is a good night and well organised, so I recommend them as a gentle introduction to reading to an audience.
Keep writing, I'll keep reading and best of luck with performance.
Cynthia Buell Thomas
Tue 21st Feb 2017 11:47
I have a moment this morning, so I've read your bio in detail. I like your attitude to writing poetry. My twin daughters are always saying: 'Mum, write for people just like us, who love your poems. Don't write for other poets.'
I got a 'smack' recently from one of my girls: 'You use too many big words! What the heck is a 'lacuna'. 'My reply: 'Look it up! No other word would do.'
But I really do make a huge effort to be simple. Not simple-minded, of course. But, hopefully, understood. I don't think clarity means 'writing down', just expressing myself as accurately as I possibly can, to convey an idea. There are always 'layers' of interpretation. I've never been good at just 'pure sound' in the abstract, but sound is a huge element in my choice of diction.
Sat 14th Jan 2017 16:31
Welcome to WOL. I look forward to reading more of your work. But I'm short on time today. Catch up with you again soon.
Terrific bio. I really want to absorb 'Celtic Memory'.
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