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Poets of the Month:
Dec 18

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2018 Competition results

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Poem of the Month (to Oct17)

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latest Remote Workshop Perceptions of Time

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***Remote Workshop Perceptions of Time, by Myra Schneider
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Poets of the Month (& see sample poem below, by Jenny Morris)

Featured Poets, December 2018 straight to poems

Isabel Bermudez, Heron speaks
Amanda-Jane Burrell, Jerusalem
Gill Fothergill, To Pam    The Neighbour I Have Never Met
Hilary Hares, On sculptural figures looking out to sea
Danielle Hope, In the kitchen
Carolyn King, The Last Waltz
Kaye Lee, Hand in Hand
Melinda Lovell, Woodlanders
Jenny Morris, Accident of Birth
Julie Sampson, 1894; Fran Skating on the Manor Pond
Anne Sherry, Long View


Sample poem (selected at random)

Accident of Birth

The family tree can hold you fast
with ties of guilt or love or pride.
Opprobrium may haunt its past
but bonds of blood are sanctified.
Though you may choose your friends with care,
in kith and kin you have no choice.
Regarding them it may be rare
you find a reason to rejoice.
Yes, you can run away from home,
divorce your parents if you like,
escape from relatives and roam –
until you find you are alike.
Those inbred traits will bind you fast.
When you were made the die was cast.

Jenny Morris

Poem published in collection The Sin Eater, The National Poetry Foundation, 1993


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