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"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

Looking forward to poets Adonis, Khaled Mattawa and Yang Lian at @themosaicrooms late January, early Feb… http://t.co/Nl7NQhwm

Looking forward to poets Adonis, Khaled Mattawa and Yang Lian at @themosaicrooms late January, early Feb... http://t.co/Nl7NQhwm
Jan 13

Team London Bridge grant funding (doesn’t seem to have any poetry projects in the list of currently funded)— http://t.co/EK67jA9u

Team London Bridge grant funding (doesn't seem to have any poetry projects in the list of currently funded)— http://t.co/EK67jA9u
Jan 12

Even though the workshop’s online, I’m doing the same things I do for physical sessions: turn up early, get comfortable in the space…

Even though the workshop's online, I'm doing the same things I do for physical sessions: turn up early, get comfortable in the space...
Jan 12

Gathering thoughts for my first @poetryschool online workshop tonight. Always that little burst of adrenaline at the start of something new.

Gathering thoughts for my first @poetryschool online workshop tonight. Always that little burst of adrenaline at the start of something new.
Jan 12

Any of you up and coming literature peeps seeking work with a literary organisation? Ways With Words seeks assistants: http://t.co/qh0WeU8G

Any of you up and coming literature peeps seeking work with a literary organisation? Ways With Words seeks assistants: http://t.co/qh0WeU8G
Jan 12

RT @HannahMonty: I love a good apostrophe debate… http://t.co/nAwyNzUm

RT @HannahMonty: I love a good apostrophe debate... http://t.co/nAwyNzUm
Jan 12

Hello @BCGeorgia — Happy 2012! Looking forward to your news. How’s contemporary poetry looking in Tbilisi?

Hello @BCGeorgia — Happy 2012! Looking forward to your news. How's contemporary poetry looking in Tbilisi?
Jan 12

Submissions wanted for a scratch event for photographers, musicians, dancers/choreographers, film-makers— Free to Fall: http://t.co/bGdzy6KM

Submissions wanted for a scratch event for photographers, musicians, dancers/choreographers, film-makers— Free to Fall: http://t.co/bGdzy6KM
Jan 12

"As for technique, I was “playing it by ear.” I wanted to make the facts lyrical." – How a Poem Happens:… http://t.co/qkJ68GU1

"As for technique, I was “playing it by ear.” I wanted to make the facts lyrical." - How a Poem Happens:... http://t.co/qkJ68GU1
Jan 12

"As for technique, I was “playing it by ear.” I wanted to make the facts lyrical."

“As for technique, I was “playing it by ear.” I wanted to make the facts lyrical.”

- How a Poem Happens: John Drury
Jan 12