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"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 train yourself to focus on one point. This is a lot like the training of muscles I wrote of a moment ago. You have to continually transmit the object of your focus to your entire body, and make sure it thoroughly assimilates the information necessary for you to write every single day and concentrate on the work at hand. And gradually you’ll expand the limits of what you’re able to do. Almost imperceptibly you’ll make the bar rise. This involves the same process as jogging every day to strengthen your muscles and develop a runner’s physique. Add a stimulus and keep it up. And repeat. Patience is a must in this process, but I guarantee results will come.”

- Haruki Murakami: Talent Is Nothing Without Focus and Endurance - via The 99 Percent
Nov 30

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'...
Nov 28

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.
Nov 28

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.
Nov 28

‘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
Nov 28

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.
Nov 26

#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...
Nov 25

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.
Nov 25

#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.
Nov 25

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
Nov 24

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
Nov 24

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...
Nov 23

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...
Nov 23

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
Nov 22

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. it lives by the hope that someday again, there may
be bluing in a backyard wash, so far off
the sky. this is why children
chalk suns on the sidewalk. the wind brings north
through a hundred miles
of inanimate things.

when it hits, all the places you have been
seem too late to talk about. all is gray
that storms, and it crosses the country on busses,
looks for burned trash, hopes to see enough rivers,
hums something you can’t quite remember
but still you sleep. still, you wear no shoes
against the pavement and sometimes
the lightning, sometimes a wet rail
you lean over.

Nov 22

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.
Nov 22

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
Nov 22

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
Nov 22

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
Nov 22

Tuesday morning worker-beats, courtesy of Defekto, via Finest Ego… Listen here: http://t.co/tXFBpN8B

Tuesday morning worker-beats, courtesy of Defekto, via Finest Ego... Listen here: http://t.co/tXFBpN8B
Nov 22