Entering the world of Open Mic…

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So recently I have been trying to get myself out there and perform my poetry at any open mic nights or poetry slams I can find, and also began enlisting those with me to record me so I can establish a presence on the poetry ‘circuit’ – as a few months back there was one publisher I was eyeing who were taking submissions, but required you to have proof of an established presence within spoken word poetry. Hence the motivation to build up exactly that! So in this post I am sharing with you videos of two of my performances; I am hoping with time and practice I will become a bit more natural and confident with it, but I hope you enjoy regardless 🙂

Subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more in the future, and of course I’ll post them here on my blog as well 🙂 Has anyone else braved the world of open mic? Would be interesting to hear others’ experiences…

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Diamonds of Intent’

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This week’s prompt: Write a ‘pieces’ poem.

Diamonds of Intent

The ambitions and big ideas
That chatter away in my head
Are quickly and ruthlessly broken
Into petty, incomprehensible shards
When cast out into reality,
Merely becoming minute pieces
Of a fabled master plan
That I am unable to assemble
Or indeed, even recall the path to,
As these evanescent half-concepts
Are inevitably carried away
Up to the vast, confusing sky
Before becoming lost in the clouds
Never to be seen again,
Their fragile and fleeting nature
Ultimately meaning it is futile
To attempt that final cohesion
Until the mind seeks and finds
Those rare diamond intentions
That the world cannot so easily shatter.

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‘Letter from a Dragon’

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So this is just a little piece that came about after I went to the ‘Essex Author’s Day’ back in March, that was part of the Essex Book Festival going on that month – one of the workshops that I attended, entitled ‘Develop Your Writing’, was headed by a Literature professor at my old university (I graduated in 2008 with my English Lit degree – nearly 10 years ago!!), and the aim was to provide us with several prompts and ideas to write something themed around dragons – and we heard some examples from students as well. I didn’t follow any of the given prompts specifically, per say, but while there on the day I was suddenly inspired to write about a somewhat grumpy dragon setting the record straight to humankind about what dragons were really like. I carried on with it and polished it up a little once I returned home, and then just kind of left it sitting for a while, until I was suddenly inspired to unearth it and finish it properly today. And here it is…I am going to try and get in the habit of posting bits of writing that aren’t just the weekly poetry prompts (or the monthly challenges), so I hope you enjoy this one. It may become something more in the future, perhaps a short story of some kind? Watch this space, anyway…

Letter from a Dragon

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Visitors to Forever’

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This week’s prompt: Write a ‘forever’ poem

Visitors to Forever

In a world that stretches
For almost forever,
There is but a precious fraction
Of time to tread across it all,
So explore and feed your eyes
This infinite feast of wonders
Spread across a vast plate
While your body can still cross over
And consume it all,
For we are but temporary visitors
In this miraculous blue marble
And must use wisely our time within.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Attempted Reconnect’

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And so we return to normalcy after the April PAD Challenge, with the weekly Wednesday poetry prompt. Once again this is one that turned out a bit bleaker than originally envisioned, but hopefully you’ll enjoy all the same…

This week’s prompt: Write a ‘reconnect’ poem

Attempted Reconnect

Attempting to reconnect…
View memories in multiple colours…
Insufficient memory
Faces fuzzy and indistinct
Reminisce purely in monochrome
Audio channels restricted
As with age there is less storage
For sentimental data
All is slowly deleted
To make room for trivial stresses
That threaten to reprogram the mind
And obliterate the very essence of us.

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Published in Poetry Rivals 2016/end of April PAD Challenge

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So as I mentioned previously in this post, the poem I entered for the Poetry Rivals 2016 competition was one of the 100 finalists and thus has been published in the anthology, which I just received in the post yesterday 🙂 Very pleased with this and will be sure to enter again for this year!

Also, yesterday I completed the last of the poems for this year’s April PAD Challenge, having fallen behind by a few days due to being away on a cruise for a friend’s stag do, but was determined to see it through to the end. As always a lot of the prompts forced me out of my confort zone to an extent, and it’s a really good motivator to write every day as well. I’d recommend it to anybody who has perhaps hit writer’s block or let their motivation fall by the wayside, as it has certainly energised me and the poetry I write, as does the challenge in November.

Also, I want to give special mention to two others who participated in this year’s challenge, who both have blogs here on WordPress – namely Sarah Lea Richards and Trish of ‘Trish Writes’ ; they have produced some brilliant work themselves this past month which has been a pleasure to folow and read, and also provided me with a lot of positive comments and support, so thank you very much for that ladies 🙂 Look forward to poeming with you again both next year (and also for the November PAD Challenge before that….?)

So to finish, here is a list with links to each of the poems I wrote this month for your reading pleasure. And for me, now begins the process of sorting and editing for what might earn a place in a future collection…watch this space 🙂

  1. ‘Odd Hours’
  2. ‘Not Today’
  3. ‘The Science of Love’
  4. ‘Waiting in Fiery Wings’
  5. ‘Oxygen’
  6. ‘Song of the Forest’
  7. ‘Search for Myself’
  8. ‘A Mind Under Attack’
  9. ‘So What Now?’
  10. ‘The Travellers’ Code’
  11. ‘Form vs. Freedom’
  12. ‘The Invisible Man’
  13. ‘October 2nd, 2015’
  14. ‘There’s Method in My Madness’
  15. ‘The Woman Left Behind’
  16. ‘Writing System’
  17. ‘The Most Deceptive Dance of All’
  18. ‘The Missing Rulebook’
  19. ‘Fragments in Blue’
  20. ‘The Harshest Taskmaster’
  21. ‘Coffee Mug’
  22. ‘The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog’
  23. ‘The Last Ones to Know’
  24. ‘The Twin Sisters’ Light’
  25. ‘Alone Together’
  26. ‘Weekend State of Mind’
  27. ‘A Day in the Life of a Drunken Buffoon’
  28. ‘Those Smells Sweet and Strange (A Haiku)’
  29. ‘Blinded by Measures’
  30. ‘The Sweet Release’

Liked these poems? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, avaliable NOW!

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2017 April PAD Challenge Day 30: ‘The Sweet Release’ #aprpad (catch up!)

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Day 30’s prompt: Take the phrase “The (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.

And so we reach the end of another April PAD Challenge – a bit of a frantic one for me towards the end as I caught up with the final few days after being away on holiday – but fun and challenging in equal measure nonetheless, as this and the Nov PAD Challenge always tend to be. So here it is, the final poem of the month, enjoy!

The Sweet Release

A silent wave of contentment
Washes over this tight, tense body
Releasing it from its torture
Formed entirely of needless insecurity
That threatened to consume all thought
Until the decisive day then came
When a soul so lost and adrift
Escaped from an invented storm
And saw the true sky once again.

Last year’s poem for Day 30: ‘Dead End’

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