"Fortunately, these two disciplines—focus and endurance—are different from talent, since they can be…" http://t.co/fd24SgzD

“Fortunately, these two disciplines—focus and endurance—are different from talent, since they can be…” http://t.co/fd24SgzD

"Fortunately, these two disciplines—focus and endurance—are different from talent, since they can be…"

“Fortunately, these two disciplines—focus and endurance—are different from talent, since they can be acquired and sharpened through training. You’ll naturally learn both concentration and endurance when you sit down every day at your desk and t…

Now, to divvy up the next two hours between email, reworking the last draft I started and rereading Stephen Dunn’s ‘Different Hours’…

Now, to divvy up the next two hours between email, reworking the last draft I started and rereading Stephen Dunn’s ‘Different Hours’…

Heading back to London. Manchester INSET: small, but perfectly formed, and I got to spend some time with Young Identity’s Shirley and Reece.

Heading back to London. Manchester INSET: small, but perfectly formed, and I got to spend some time with Young Identity’s Shirley and Reece.

En route to Manchester, tapping away on the iPad, listening to a Mystery Plays Mixtape (#5) to counter the sound of a nearby screaming baby.

En route to Manchester, tapping away on the iPad, listening to a Mystery Plays Mixtape (#5) to counter the sound of a nearby screaming baby.

‘The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep…’ Robert Frost via @Inch_time

‘The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep…’ Robert Frost via @Inch_time

Raffles Girls School, 42 geography/literature students, poems about home. Sounds like a good Saturday afternoon to me.

Raffles Girls School, 42 geography/literature students, poems about home. Sounds like a good Saturday afternoon to me.

#ff @Venture_Award – because you like to support new poetry initiatives and awards…

#ff @Venture_Award – because you like to support new poetry initiatives and awards…

Catching up with miscellaneous tasks. Mac1 in Covent Garden may be able to resurrect the old MacBook Pro for fair monies. Fingers crossed.

Catching up with miscellaneous tasks. Mac1 in Covent Garden may be able to resurrect the old MacBook Pro for fair monies. Fingers crossed.

#ff @Natteitler for literature, literary activism and advocacy of youth arts/activism. ‘Nuff said.

#ff @Natteitler for literature, literary activism and advocacy of youth arts/activism. ‘Nuff said.

Nanyang Girls represent, represent! Science and geography students can write poems too… (and thank you for the gift) http://t.co/ij2LqrQI

Nanyang Girls represent, represent! Science and geography students can write poems too… (and thank you for the gift) http://t.co/ij2LqrQI

Fingers poised to mail or text? Take the time, make a phone call instead… #notetoself

Fingers poised to mail or text? Take the time, make a phone call instead… #notetoself

More work with poetry for teachers in Nottingham today. Felt like an alien life form (floaty creative eccentric) until smiles at the end…

More work with poetry for teachers in Nottingham today. Felt like an alien life form (floaty creative eccentric) until smiles at the end…

More work with poetry for teachers in Nottingham today. Felt like an alien life form (floaty creative eccentric) until smiles at the end…

More work with poetry for teachers in Nottingham today. Felt like an alien life form (floaty creative eccentric) until smiles at the end…

francine j. harris, "Between Old Trees" – there’s a rain formed. it has a face that reminds you of hills. it… http://t.co/4l7mrnoK

francine j. harris, “Between Old Trees” – there’s a rain formed. it has a face that reminds you of hills. it… http://t.co/4l7mrnoK

francine j. harris, "Between Old Trees"

there’s a rain formed. it has a face that reminds you
of hills. it has a country you could name if you were smarter. it has a kind of mouth. it seems wrecked from all the commotion of a windstorm. it has tear ducts, and what does that say about you. …

Would love to see more previews of poems on publishers’ websites. Reading a striking description for a collection just isn’t enough.

Would love to see more previews of poems on publishers’ websites. Reading a striking description for a collection just isn’t enough.

Today, St Joseph’s Convent School from Singapore. They laughed, wrote poems and gave me bookmarks. http://t.co/0GYjAmku

Today, St Joseph’s Convent School from Singapore. They laughed, wrote poems and gave me bookmarks. http://t.co/0GYjAmku

Next gig: "Fly Me To The Moon" @ Open Arts Cafe, W1H 5AU. Thursday 24th November, 19.30. More info: http://t.co/bw281FHa

Next gig: “Fly Me To The Moon” @ Open Arts Cafe, W1H 5AU. Thursday 24th November, 19.30. More info: http://t.co/bw281FHa

UK Youth: the cost of the cuts (via The Guardian), featuring Stephanie ‘Sonority’ Turner, and Barbican Young Poets – http://t.co/qGzOjNey

UK Youth: the cost of the cuts (via The Guardian), featuring Stephanie ‘Sonority’ Turner, and Barbican Young Poets – http://t.co/qGzOjNey