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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!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:00:54

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:00:54

There's a satisfying rhythm to the words as they came to me.  But how - if at all - to punctuate them?  This is only one possible layout:

The sea is visible again;  

the mist rolls back -

but shyly. We see  

not as through a glass darkly

but through suburban lace.

The effect of lace curtains like mist  (and vice vera) is what I want. The next part I'm not so sure about.

We make out what we can:

the headlands, the islands and

a shapeless mark 

on what would be the horizon.

 



December already?

Sunday, 7 December 2014 17:45:45

Sunday, 7 December 2014 17:45:45

I found some notes jotted down earlier in the year. These might serve as a place to begin.

the sea is visible again    the mist rolls back

but shyly. we see   not as through a glass darkly

but through suburban lace   make out what we can

the headlands, the islands   a shapeless mark  on what would be the horizon

things we know are there but will not be revealed

before the dark comes on with blackout drapes.



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