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by BenJohnson
Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Any Other Business
Topic: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016
Replies: 110
Views: 35713

Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Having been favourably impressed by Manchester on my last visit I would be happy to go there. The Poets and Players events are always good if there is a chance to combine events. Edinburgh would also rank highly for me.
by BenJohnson
Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Any Other Business
Topic: A PG Gathering in London Feb 2015
Replies: 87
Views: 13449

Re: A PG Gathering in London Feb 2015

A friday night might be tough. I could cert manage the rest of the weekend. A chance to visit the poetry cafe?
by BenJohnson
Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Bones
Replies: 11
Views: 489

Re: Bones

Ben, the burying bones in the garden is meant to imply, how shall I say it, a certain lack of imagination, limitations to sexuality even. I'm now worried I have just displayed my lack of imagination and what that implies about my limitations. At least I should be safe from people seeking my knowled...
by BenJohnson
Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Sea Clouties
Replies: 19
Views: 846

Re: Sea Clouties

It was generally well received on release but some accused her of being wilfully obscure because of her 'modernist' approach. Obscurity works best for me, as a reader, when it hints at things and allows those things to just flirt with your understanding without becoming fully lucid.
Fully agree.
by BenJohnson
Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Bones
Replies: 11
Views: 489

Re: Bones

Not feeling the let down of verse three personally. I wonder about the beginning though
We’d a semi-detached
with not much of a garden,
only so many places
you could bury a bone.
Does this add anything to poem? It doesn't appear to be picked up later. What would you think of dropping it?
by BenJohnson
Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:32 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Sea Clouties
Replies: 19
Views: 846

Re: Sea Clouties

Interesting the change from 'she' to 'he'. The original last verse feels playful, whimsical and dark in light sort of way. The last verse of the second verse feels more violent and as you say much darker. Is it just because it is a male protagonist? Or it is a male who is doing things like decoratin...
by BenJohnson
Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Sea Clouties
Replies: 19
Views: 846

Re: Sea Clouties

I love the poem, especially the last verse. I'm still not sure what is being described. My first thought was groynes, my second was a boat, my third I am working on. I don't feel the title is doing enough work, lovely sound to it but maybe it needs to guide (or ground) the reader a little more.
by BenJohnson
Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: The Storyteller
Replies: 8
Views: 419

Re: The Storyteller

I've no problem with eyes listening, it builds an image of the listener intently watching the speaker, lip reading to gain every word. My problem is that is doesn't go far enough for a master storyteller, for example hear your breathing pause when the words lead you back into the corners of my rooms...
by BenJohnson
Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Amati
Replies: 16
Views: 751

Re: Amati

A painful ending! What would happen if you used the center align tag like

[center]she so
resembled
a cello with
her suntanned
back and long dark
etc...[/center]

I like the poem and the way you play on words like bow.
by BenJohnson
Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Driving to Arcadia
Replies: 19
Views: 794

Re: Driving to Arcadia

If for no other reason I would love this for its last line. Quite like the result of Brian's edit though.
by BenJohnson
Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:16 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Haiku for Odysseus
Replies: 7
Views: 1096

Re: Haiku for Odysseus 2013

Particularly like
So fill up my ears
with the beeswax of TV;
dumb me down with tea,
Has echoes of Adrian Mitchell
So fill my ears with silver
Stick my legs in plaster
Tell me lies about Vietnam
by BenJohnson
Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:01 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Seasons (a triolet)
Replies: 15
Views: 890

Re: Seasons (a triolet)

There is a lot to like here Jackie particularly the progression of the relationship in such a short piece. The images give it a strong sense of place as well. However for me the best triolets are light on their feet and currently I'm finding this a little heavy footed due to all the end stopped line...
by BenJohnson
Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Ink, sweat and tears
Replies: 13
Views: 957

Re: Ink, sweat and tears

Congratulations Ros I remember the poem well and I'm glad to see it in 'print'. :D
by BenJohnson
Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:07 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Salt + the state of poetry
Replies: 7
Views: 1065

Re: Salt + the state of poetry

I'm truly saddened by the demise of Salt as a poetry publisher, they had a range of exciting and talented poets on their lists. Thankfully many have found new homes. Salt has been struggling for a few years though I'm not sure what the real reasons are for that. I would say that print on demand was ...
by BenJohnson
Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Kids Eh?
Replies: 19
Views: 834

Re: Kids Eh?

It is a fine line between humour and disturbing and for me this falls on the disturbing side of that line. Which is not a bad thing if it is intended. As Jackie mentioned using the T-Rex as a protagonist in this instantly sets up an image for the reader of monsters and makes it darker, Crystal Ken m...
by BenJohnson
Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: First Sight
Replies: 7
Views: 595

Re: First Sight

I wonder what you would think of the suggestion to lose the third line? For me the result would feel closer to a haiku, currently I find the line to be a little redundant.

By the way welcome to P.G. :)
by BenJohnson
Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Making Contact - Poets' Grave Collection
Replies: 14
Views: 1939

Making Contact - Poets' Grave Collection

After all the waiting and quiet spells I'm pleased to announce that the Poets' Graves collection is complete and the first books are back from the printers. Since the printers provided an incredibly speedy service the rest of the world needs to catch up with them. At the moment the ISBN service hasn...
by BenJohnson
Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Hello, Good Evening and Welcome
Topic: Greetings from Dayna
Replies: 5
Views: 2168

Re: Greetings from Dayna

Hi Dayna

Welcome to P.G. I didn't start writing poetry until 14. I wrote the odd poem at school but never at home before that.
by BenJohnson
Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: My first online mag
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: My first online mag

Congratulations Suzanne glad to see you reaping the benefits of sticking with it.
by BenJohnson
Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Is poetry for the eye or ear?
Replies: 8
Views: 1731

Re: Is poetry for the eye or ear?

In a sweeping generalisation there are at least two different poetry camps now, literary poetry where poems are designed to be read on the page to get the full depth of the poem and the performance/slam poetry which is designed to be spoken/read aloud. Performance poetry can draw very large audience...
by BenJohnson
Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Poets' Graves Anthology - call for submissions!
Replies: 57
Views: 28760

Re: Poets' Graves Anthology - call for submissions!

By now everyone should have received an email informing them of the poems that have been chosen along with a request for a brief bio. If you haven't received an email check your spam filter, alternative email accounts, etc and if you still can't find it then give me a shout. I have completed a preli...
by BenJohnson
Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Publications Forum
Replies: 45
Views: 24858

Re: Publications Forum

Very well done Richard Magma is one of the top range magazines, the best I ever got from them was a rejection letter telling me to go to a poetry school and learn how to write poetry. Lots of practising reading in front of the mirror then :)
by BenJohnson
Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Line ends, and beginnings?
Replies: 5
Views: 751

Re: Line ends, and beginnings?

The are no hard and fast rules for deciding where to end lines, but looking at your example provides some guidelines. R.S here breaks his lines on concrete terms bird,dark,etc generally these work better than weaker points like of, the, etc. He also breaks his lines so that they are visually the sam...
by BenJohnson
Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:59 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Poets' Graves Anthology - call for submissions!
Replies: 11
Views: 974

Re: Poets' Graves Anthology - call for submissions!

The deadline has passed, but we are still receiving and accepting entries.
by BenJohnson
Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Any Other Business
Topic: Free Verse (a poetry bookfair with readings), 8th Sep
Replies: 2
Views: 843

Re: Free Verse (a poetry bookfair with readings), 8th Sep

Did you go Tim? I spent Saturday volunteering there. I managed to see Glyn Maxwell's reading and a couple of the others. A very well organised event and I'm looking forward to the next one.