"When he tries to talk to her,/ his sentences dissolve, the nouns/ and verbs all floating mute into the sky’s blue ear." – Jack Ridl.

“When he tries to talk to her,/ his sentences dissolve, the nouns/ and verbs all floating mute into the sky’s blue ear.” – Jack Ridl.

"But I don’t know that it would be possible to write any poem—a highly experimental poem, a…"

“But I don’t know that it would be possible to write any poem—a highly experimental poem, a sonnet sequence, a poem in the narrative unmetered verse to which American readers are most accustomed—without consciously employing principles of techn…

The Making of TIONG BAHRU (by Chay Yan Productions) Clearing out…

The Making of TIONG BAHRU (by Chay Yan Productions)
Clearing out the inbox – got an invite from a former contact at the British Council to a screening of this next Monday. Tickles my “community documentary” bone, and I’m looking forward to seeing…

LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2011 – looks interesting… http://bit.ly/fp1T37

LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2011 – looks interesting… http://bit.ly/fp1T37

Because every Monday morning needs an animal suit… (party wear, anyone?) http://bit.ly/eOW6Aj

Because every Monday morning needs an animal suit… (party wear, anyone?) http://bit.ly/eOW6Aj

"Every time we postpone some necessary event—whether we put off doing the dishes till morning or…"

“Every time we postpone some necessary event—whether we put off doing the dishes till morning or defer an operation or some difficult labor or study—we do so with the implication that present time is more important than future time (for if we wis…

back in the olden days, when… publishing a book was simple, the process went something like this: http://nyr.kr/faDoOG

back in the olden days, when… publishing a book was simple, the process went something like this: http://nyr.kr/faDoOG

"…for me, part of being an artist is understanding that at some point, there’s going to be an…"

“…for me, part of being an artist is understanding that at some point, there’s going to be an audience. I’m not interested in doing stuff only for myself, if it would end up only in my closet. I have to make the art that I make, but the second …

Maintaining a theme from something I posted earlier in the week…

Maintaining a theme from something I posted earlier in the week about the death (and resilience) of old media formats, this video about the dying art of the photographic darkroom comes from the Guardian. You’d better believe I’m heading down to …

Back from recording a show with Tshaka (@pappatshak) Campbell for @naomiwoddis’ Conversational radio series. Nice. Now: work or play?

Back from recording a show with Tshaka (@pappatshak) Campbell for @naomiwoddis’ Conversational radio series. Nice. Now: work or play?

Something I love about this image – the way the rib-cage is so…

Something I love about this image – the way the rib-cage is so tightly imposed upon the lungs, almost in contradiction to the imperative underneath… 
(by Wwinterbureau / Veronica Corzo-Duchardt)

Let’s try that again… I’m running a week long workshop with Niall O’Sullivan on developing a collection of #poetry – http://bit.ly/gtqjVm

Let’s try that again… I’m running a week long workshop with Niall O’Sullivan on developing a collection of #poetry – http://bit.ly/gtqjVm

"This, I believe, is why a book feels permanent, even though enough libraries have burned over the…"

“This, I believe, is why a book feels permanent, even though enough libraries have burned over the centuries that we ought to know better. A well-made book, stored upright, in a dry, dark place, will survive a hundred years—that is, a lifetime. Mor…

"The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor. It is the one thing that cannot be learned…"

“The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor. It is the one thing that cannot be learned from others; it is also a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an eye for resemblance.” – From Aristotle’s De Poetica. via Lapidarium (v…

"Make notes—I’ve lost more material than I’ve ever written. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not…"

“Make notes—I’ve lost more material than I’ve ever written. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not still up there in one’s brain. It’s in outer space and it ain’t coming back.” – Judith Guest via (Home)

Haters gonna hate, but Google docs + shared folders for feedback on student #poems = butter. Neat commenting, version history, compare…

Haters gonna hate, but Google docs + shared folders for feedback on student #poems = butter. Neat commenting, version history, compare…

A walk through countryside darkness, then poems around a bonfire… a workshop after an afternoon in caves… me for the past 24 hours…

A walk through countryside darkness, then poems around a bonfire… a workshop after an afternoon in caves… me for the past 24 hours…

"The problem with clichés is not that they contain false ideas, but rather that they are superficial…"

“The problem with clichés is not that they contain false ideas, but rather that they are superficial articulations of very good ones. The sun is often on fire at sunset and the moon discreet, but if we keep saying this every time we encounter a sun …

Oh, and BookSlam last night? Packed out Clapham Grand for literature. In the words of the almighty @tymusic "mighty fun was had by all."

Oh, and BookSlam last night? Packed out Clapham Grand for literature. In the words of the almighty @tymusic “mighty fun was had by all.”

Preparing to spend the next 24 hours working with 20-30 teachers, and we’re not just talking workshop strategies. They’re going to write.

Preparing to spend the next 24 hours working with 20-30 teachers, and we’re not just talking workshop strategies. They’re going to write.