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Performance Review: Dr John Cooper Clarke @ Exeter Corn Exchange

Legend of punk poetry, Dr. John Cooper Clarke, stuns Exeter Corn Exchange with an absurd tirade of one-man showmanship. From the open-mics of his native Salford and the iconic haze of the Old Grey Whistle Test to the pop-disorder of 8 Out of 10 Cats and the closing verses of the Arctic Monkeys’ platinum-selling, ‘AM’, the acerbic punk-poetry of Dr. John Cooper Clarke has met … Continue reading Performance Review: Dr John Cooper Clarke @ Exeter Corn Exchange

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Reviews in Retrospect: The Poetry of Rankine and Kapil

Claudia Rankine (Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: airport-security) 2004 I love when poems are not about what they first seem. I love that period of discovery, the nervousness of ‘will I get it?’, the relief knowing you don’t have to get anything, you just get to read something beautiful and if it resonates, it resonates. I’ve been reading Claudia Rankine’s poetry for a while and have found … Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: The Poetry of Rankine and Kapil

Creative Corner- Enough

I used to take the long way home,Just to prolong the feelingOf being on my way to see you.Maybe I mistook anticipation for joy —Footsteps propelled forward by the sound ofAretha Franklin’s voice and the promise that soonMy cold mouth would be kissed.I note the subtlety of other small remembrances;Spraying my wrists with scents of peach and jasmine,Brushing the taste of the night off my … Continue reading Creative Corner- Enough

Reading Corner: The Poetry of Erin Hanson

I promise I will save you, When you cannot stay afloat, And if your tears can fill an ocean, Then for you I’ll be a boat. ~e.h Poem Source: Tumblr Upon scrolling through Pinterest in 2017, I came across a poem by Erin Hanson. You may have seen her poems on Pinterest or other social media platforms, identifiable by her handle: e.h. The poem stuck … Continue reading Reading Corner: The Poetry of Erin Hanson

Creative Corner: Recurring Dream

I’m in a wood and it’s dark. Trees compete to thrust their limbs Above the earth. Their branches twine and tease, Threading my hair into knots, Wet as moss. I’m in a wood and I’m running, And the leaves lash out harder than my pace. They smack me like shadows, Full of reproach, Carrying the night forward, onwards, forever. In the shortest breath, I hear … Continue reading Creative Corner: Recurring Dream

Reading Corner: To Imagination: Reflecting on Emily Brontë’s Poetry

Most of us turn to Wuthering Heights when we think of one of our most esteemed writers – Emily Brontë, and understandably so. Her first and only novel (owing to her premature death), is a work of genius which laces together desire, grief, and the inner workings of the human psyche with the gothic setting of the vast Yorkshire Moors. I first read Wuthering Heights … Continue reading Reading Corner: To Imagination: Reflecting on Emily Brontë’s Poetry

Poetry and Politics

As the striking young woman in the vibrant yellow coat approached the podium at the presidential inauguration earlier this year the world held its breath. Amanda Gorman represents the voice of a new political era, an embodiment of hope and a testament to the potential for change. Her words were not the empty promises of populist leaders but were enthusiastic declarations of joy and purpose. … Continue reading Poetry and Politics

Creative Corner: Selkies Stranded on Plemont Bay

“Selkie: a mythical creature that resembles a seal in the water but assumes human form on land.”— Definition from Oxford Languages Cavernous, the sullen cliffs part their lips to reveal the seaWrithing like a tongue, rolling and thrillingThe shore with trails of green. There are women, hungry and dispersedAlong the sand’s raised brow like debris from a wreck.Swallowed by sealskin, Grey and mournful and open-mouthed,The … Continue reading Creative Corner: Selkies Stranded on Plemont Bay