The Poetry Place

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A writer's blog

Trevor Millum, Teachit poet in residenceThe aim of the blog is to try to show the process of writing. It's a bit artificial because you can't reproduce all the thoughts and crossings out that take place either metaphorically or literally.   

However, it might help to show students that poems do not spring fully-formed onto the page. 

Previous blogs are archived: see the list at the right of the page.  Quite a few have been inspired by existing poems (by Edward Thomas, Duffy, Heaney, Armitage and others) and there are also villanelles, sonnets and lots of light verse.  I enjoy this - and it keeps me writing!

Farewell Notes

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:14:55

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:14:55

The idea of First class would be a way of ending the poem and a fitting way to acknowledge their work.

You watched patiently as change was counted, parcels weighed

Looked up the rates for different sizes, different destinations

Your destination too is different now -  ( is that too cheesy, too obvious?)

Some chose to tell you their life stories

Others kept their parcels and their stories to themselves / parcels and their feeling s to their chest / held their parcels and their stories closer





Farewell Notes

Saturday, 24 January 2015 17:02:42

Saturday, 24 January 2015 17:02:42

A first line occurred to me immediately

You’ve weighed your last parcel sold your last stamp

Bur how to follow it? 

Postal orders   money orders  telegrams...   No, out of date.

Now they sell - no, until recently sold lottery tickets.

I ask myself what do I recall?  Being asked “Second or first?”
Watching letters for abroad being weighed on the delicate scales.  Waiting while someone counts in bags of money in small change...


Farewell Notes

Thursday, 22 January 2015 14:54:53

Thursday, 22 January 2015 14:54:53

Time to start a new poem.  The thought here is to do with saying goodbye to something or someone.   It's a familiar theme in poetry as we reach for something more substantial than just ordinary prose.

We've been saying goodbye to our old post office and farewell to the two ladies who have run it for twenty plus years.  So there will be some ideas here which try to get to describe that - without being too sentimental. 



Archived blogs

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Parodies and homages

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Topics and themes

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  How to...

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Sonnets

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Different types of poem