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.

Poets and Promoters Networking Forum: promoters pitch plans for the new year, poets schmooze for gigs… http://ow.ly/3D0yN

Poets and Promoters Networking Forum: promoters pitch plans for the new year, poets schmooze for gigs… http://ow.ly/3D0yN

Collaborative map-making, anyone?

I used to be a tour-guide. Not in any formal sense, but whenever friends, family and remotely connected people came to visit the city, I was happy to put some time aside and take them around the city to see the things they might not see if they simply …

Used this as the basis for a free-writing exercise last night…

Used this as the basis for a free-writing exercise last night with the Barbican Poets. Challenged them to pick one prompt and draft a 10 line piece in 7 minutes. Then, pick a second prompt and write a 7 line piece in 7 minutes. Finally, pick a third an…

Just met with Cathy and Kathy at PAL – always inspiring, and I’m not just saying that because they follow me on Twitter. www.pallabs.org

Just met with Cathy and Kathy at PAL – always inspiring, and I’m not just saying that because they follow me on Twitter. www.pallabs.org

"I have to keep reminding myself of this fact (pertaining to anything I may tackle this year). It all…"

“I have to keep reminding myself of this fact (pertaining to anything I may tackle this year). It all may seem possible and good and amazing…but more specifically, doable. And yet, you know you will have to grind your teeth in the dirt to get it do…

Geekcred +? Now, to write today’s poem…

Geekcred +? Now, to write today’s poem…

Stop the clock! Ran into a little speedbump involving .htaccess files, subdirectories and domains, and some Skype interrupts, but it’s done.

Stop the clock! Ran into a little speedbump involving .htaccess files, subdirectories and domains, and some Skype interrupts, but it’s done.

Upgrade a single site WordPress installation to a network enabled installation, and import at least one existing site in 15 mins. Go.

Upgrade a single site Wordpress installation to a network enabled installation, and import at least one existing site in 15 mins. Go.