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RT @tigerlilyfilms: who knew there were so many poetry lovers out there? lemn sissay’s @C4RandomActs got 783,000 viewers last night. m …

RT @tigerlilyfilms: who knew there were so many poetry lovers out there? lemn sissay's @C4RandomActs got 783,000 viewers last night. m ...
Jan 17

More about NV (Note 3: you no longer need to copy and paste. Hold cmd-shift-e…)— using notational velocity :mnmlist— http://t.co/tPZ0JQ6t

More about NV (Note 3: you no longer need to copy and paste. Hold cmd-shift-e...)— using notational velocity :mnmlist— http://t.co/tPZ0JQ6t
Jan 16

If you don’t have Notational Velocity already, try it out. This is where all the (text-based) magic happens for me… http://t.co/UM7Mp7VF

If you don't have Notational Velocity already, try it out. This is where all the (text-based) magic happens for me... http://t.co/UM7Mp7VF
Jan 16

It’s alarmingly easy to forget how important it is to dream, and dream freely, not just to flesh out someone else’s vision or needs…

It's alarmingly easy to forget how important it is to dream, and dream freely, not just to flesh out someone else's vision or needs...
Jan 16

Samsung Transparent LCD Smart Window. Want. http://t.co/aS6eeAX9

Samsung Transparent LCD Smart Window. Want. http://t.co/aS6eeAX9
Jan 16

Photo: “A snowstorm, we are frozen and wait.” Julien Coquentin (via London Street Photography Festival -… http://t.co/wJ06zB8L

Photo: “A snowstorm, we are frozen and wait.” Julien Coquentin (via London Street Photography Festival -... http://t.co/wJ06zB8L
Jan 16

Photo: From 12 January to 1 March the UltraLounge on the Lower Ground floor of Selfridges London will be… http://t.co/iMnJL2ls

Photo: From 12 January to 1 March the UltraLounge on the Lower Ground floor of Selfridges London will be... http://t.co/iMnJL2ls
Jan 16

From 12 January to 1 March the UltraLounge on the Lower Ground…



From 12 January to 1 March the UltraLounge on the Lower Ground floor of Selfridges London will be transformed into a library and become the epicentre of the Words Words Words theme. The library will provide a unique interactive space to become fully immersed in the topic, from specially curated ranges of inspirational books to fascinating classes and lectures from The Idler Academy and It’s Nice That.

[Schedule includes a couple of Faber poetry readings and lots of storytelling from Rachel Rose Reid.]

Via Words Words Words takes over Selfridges | Selfridges.com)

Jan 16

Photo: HY Riders (by Ibai Acevedo) http://t.co/fVgBWSUK

Photo: HY Riders (by Ibai Acevedo) http://t.co/fVgBWSUK
Jan 15

"I believe that the most complex and profound truths are usually arrived at when we allow our…" http://t.co/9BlYKKqp

"I believe that the most complex and profound truths are usually arrived at when we allow our..." http://t.co/9BlYKKqp
Jan 15

"I believe that the most complex and profound truths are usually arrived at when we allow our…"

“I believe that the most complex and profound truths are usually arrived at when we allow our imaginations to interact with factual truths. I also believe that facts can lie. So—many of my poems are fictional at least in part. Poetry is not autobiography, not journalism, not textbook history. I understand poetry as an imaginative art, and at this point in my life, I value the power of the imagination as much—or more—than I value any set of facts.”

- How a Poem Happens: Corrinne Clegg Hales
Jan 15

Jacaszek – Dare Gale (by Ghostly International)



Jacaszek - Dare Gale (by Ghostly International)

Jan 15

Two things I love? Tech and poetry. Looks like I’ll be soft-starting my "talk tech" sessions for poets and creatives this month after all.

Two things I love? Tech and poetry. Looks like I'll be soft-starting my "talk tech" sessions for poets and creatives this month after all.
Jan 14

If you’re on the Southbank and you want to talk tech I’m meeting with @InuaEllams and @mwendelezi to talk iPads and workflow at 16.00…

If you're on the Southbank and you want to talk tech I'm meeting with @InuaEllams and @mwendelezi to talk iPads and workflow at 16.00...
Jan 14

"I keep a hotel room. I have everything taken off the walls, and I bring in yellow pads, a Roget’s…" http://t.co/Dpt2oo92

"I keep a hotel room. I have everything taken off the walls, and I bring in yellow pads, a Roget’s..." http://t.co/Dpt2oo92
Jan 14

"I keep a hotel room. I have everything taken off the walls, and I bring in yellow pads, a Roget’s…"

“I keep a hotel room. I have everything taken off the walls, and I bring in yellow pads, a Roget’s Thesaurus, a dictionary, a bible, a deck of cards, crossword puzzles and a bottle of sherry (red wine). When I approach the door, it is with utter apprehension and anticipation. It is frightening. It is what I am. I sit at a little table and play solitaire. My grandmother used to say when I was young, ‘You know that’s not even on my littlest mind.’ And so I determined that the human being has a big mind and a little mind. The cards occupy my little mind so I can get to the big mind and hear the language.”

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Writers’ Routines: Maya Angelou

Two things here.

a) For a while, I developed a (bad?) habit of munching while working. Almost incessantly. Mostly healthy stuff (though I’m pretty sure I could have a reasonably decent conversation with Bill Herbert about decadent delicacies and bad eating habits we might have in common…), but munchies all the same. I wonder if this wasy my way of engaging my “little mind” so the big mind could carry on with more important things?

b) Writers’ Routines is excellent. I’d considered doing something like it myself a while back, and still might, though of course I’d have to invest some effort in differentiation— if something’s already being done, what could I add to the enterprise? Whether or not I find a satisfactory answer to the question, Writers’ Routines is worth a read. Go see.

Jan 14

14 unidentified portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. If you’re 14-21 you could pen their pasts and futures… http://t.co/xtzwTrCK

14 unidentified portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. If you're 14-21 you could pen their pasts and futures... http://t.co/xtzwTrCK
Jan 13

The soundtrack for this week’s writing is sponsored by Instagr/am/bient: 25 Sonic Postcards. Listen/hear:— http://t.co/Va1H9BLR

The soundtrack for this week's writing is sponsored by Instagr/am/bient: 25 Sonic Postcards. Listen/hear:— http://t.co/Va1H9BLR
Jan 13

"Oh, yes, let’s bless the imagination. It gives us the myths we live by." – ‘On the Meeting of Garcia Lorca… http://t.co/EXvgXRaF

"Oh, yes, let’s bless the imagination. It gives us the myths we live by." - ‘On the Meeting of Garcia Lorca... http://t.co/EXvgXRaF
Jan 13

"Oh, yes, let’s bless the imagination. It gives us the myths we live by."

“Oh, yes,
let’s bless the imagination. It gives
us the myths we live by.”

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‘On the Meeting of Garcia Lorca and Hart Crane’— Philip Levine.

I listened to a lot of Philip Levine and Robert Hass while pulling Breaking Silence together. At one point, I had a playlist of various readings on rotation. Now that Breaking Silence is out, I’m easing back into a writing schedule, and Levine still holds pride of place at the top of my reading stack. Currently (re)reading The Simple Truth, in which the poem the above quote is take from is contained.

Jan 13