Poetry

Silly little desks

at school,

lecture halls,

stuffed

with stuffy, boring people,

boasting erroneous

cleverness,

for finding

a hidden meaning,

when there was none.

Teachers preaching

about onomatopoeia,

sibilant sounds

and atmosphere,

syllables

carefully counted

and recounted

in raps, rants and raves.

Eminem, secretly

wanted on the syllabus,

so those sat at

the silly little desks –

at school,

might find poetry ‘cool’,

and the stuffy

boring people

will begin to appreciate

‘stuff’,

discover

they will understand

the poet better,

if they cease dissecting

the poems

and enjoy them

for what they are:

Poetry.

 

 

Atlas of Clouds

I am so excited!  There are many poets that I openly admire, but few that I worship like Paul F. Lenzi.  When one reads Paul’s poetry, it is no small wonder his website (https://poesypluspolemics.com/) has over eleven thousand followers and has received more than a quarter of a million page views.

Paul is not only a gifted poet, but a kind and considerate advocate for many other writers.  I am blessed to be among those he has actively encouraged and supported.  People like Paul (and Polly Stretton) have made me a better poet and given me opportunities I would not have imagined possible.  Heck, I write good poetry because I read GREAT poetry, you can read some by getting your hands on ‘Atlas of Clouds’ or any of the other superb collections from Paul F. Lenzi: https://www.amazon.com/Atlas-Clouds-Chapbook-Paul-Lenzi-ebook/dp/B01M6E60S5

Best wishes from Baldy

The Amazing Lost Man

 

Ben Parker, the reigning poet in residence at Worcester’s Swan Theatre (and former poet in residence at The Museum of Royal Worcester Porcelain) has recently had a collection of poetry published!  I first met Ben at the beginning of the year, a gentleman in my eyes; and a gifted poet.

When I saw Mr Parker perform poetry from his collection ‘The Amazing Lost Man’ at a recent Worcestershire Litfest & Fringe Speakeasy, I had to get a copy.  Signed, ‘To Baldy, with love’, I am chuffed to further bow my bookshelves with Ben’s offering.

Published by Eyewear Publishing, you can get your copy of ‘The Amazing Lost Man’ here:

The Amazing Lost Man

Best wishes from Baldy

Happy

Happy?  I’m delighted to get my hands on Clive Oseman’s collection of poetry!  Clive Oseman is a Swindon based Brummie poet who likes to mix serious and humorous work. He has been widely published in journals and anthologies worldwide. A poetry Rivals Finalist in 2014/15 (only a few months after his first open mic), and shortlisted for the final of the same competition at the Royal Albert Hall in 2015/16, he travels extensively around the UK to perform. A typical set takes the listener on a roller coaster of emotion, and “Happy” aims to do the same.

You can find more information about Clive and his publication from Burning Eye Books here: http://www.cliveosemanpoetry.com/index.html

Best wishes from Baldy

Colour Me in Cyanide & Cherries

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Look what arrived!  Baldy’s copy of ‘Colour Me in Cyanide & Cherries’!  Wonderful poetry from Mirjana M Inalman (known to the WordPress community as Oloriel).  You can get your copy here:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/mirjana-m-inalman/colour-me-in-cyanide-cherries/paperback/product-22575537.html

And why not try before you buy, and check out the Colour Me in Cyanide and Cherries blog:

https://olorielmoonshadow.wordpress.com/

Excellent!