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Inspiration? Look to Mary Oliver

Today I’ve been reading the New and Selected Poems (V1) of Mary Oliver. She is an astonishing discovery to me, every syllable of her poetry just rings true. It’s beautiful but yet brutal, free...

My tumblr is looking a bit bleak and ‘wordy’… It may be clichéd but beautiful scenery is where I go when I feel uninspired and north Wales is absolutely stunning! This photo is of Llanddwyn...

The Fallibility of memory

It’s funny, but today a quote I’ve had in my head since the tender age of seven or eight, from my headmaster repeating it again and gain for us to reflect on is assembly,...

Poetry: Body and Mind

In the last few days, in the wake of a break-up, I’ve been doodling around the concept of the connection of body and mind. Scientists still can’t place it exactly, but the two are...

A thought on time

For anyone going through suffering, one of the most frequently repeated phrases is “time is a healer”, or something to that effect. It’s because time can take away feelings gradually, feelings that you don’t want...

Reflecting on life, via Pinter

On studying the works and criticism of Harold Pinter today I came across a particularly interesting point made Austin E. Quigley on Pinter’s works. It relates, in my opinion, so closely to life itself...

Poetry: New Approaches

I’m finding my intensive poetry reading at the moment (a mix of Sylvia Plath, R.S. Thomas, Ted Hughes and my old favourite, Philip Larkin) is really helping me to write my own. It’s challenging...

Poetry: Making Light out of Darkness

It’s strange but yet commonly acknowledged that some of our darkest days can be our most creatively productive. I’ve had a couple of very down days this week yet from them I have drawn poetry, something...

More new books! I’m also currently reading Pinter’s collected plays.

Creative Writing: An Update

A full month has passed since my good intentions took on form and shape, but the question “where am I going with this?” Is still looming! If you have something to say, you can write,...