Pick of the day

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Pooled, this mild September day
from waves of work (or guilt when not)

once each year
picking blackberries
from prickly cataracts
of free sweetness pouring
over the old school’s walls
where children used to play
or creep away from canings
(now blackbird’s gentle chuck chucks
spring from fruit-spangled thickets)

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Story of the week

Something You'll Have To Live With

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Poem of the week

Green

I saw you yesterday

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Features

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Another wonderful selection to choose from this week. Thank you to everyone who's posted something.

 

Big congratulations to winking_tiger for 'Green' which is our Poem of the Week, with a very honourable mention for ralph's  'Bucks from a Cuban'

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KING LEAR PRIZES - MORE SUCCESS!

Delighted to say that our very own Coolhermit (Rick Gammon) has made the Poetry Shortlist for the new King Lear Prizes!  This particularly celebrates work produced during lockdown, and it's heartening to know that writers are responding to these trying times with...Read more

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of August have very kindly been chosen by hudsonmoon:

 

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2020 POETRY BOOK AWARDS - GOOD NEWS!

It's always great to share good news, so when I saw this today I thought it definitely deserved a place on our front page.

Our very own Ewan has just found out he's made it to the long list for the 2020 Poetry Book Awards! You can read about it here:

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GAIA'S ANGRY DAUGHTER BY SYLVIA CLARE

Gaia's Angry Daughter is a new collection by Sylvia Clare - sylviec on ABCTales. Here's what she says about it:

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Bee's Journey

Picks of the Month

Illicit Exercise

I’ve taken to running around the field behind my house -

you might not call it running -

but there is an element of privacy the field affords

which enables me to drop the detail

of speed and style.

The field belongs to a school and strictly speaking

no one but they should use it –

but all the households that back onto it

have fashioned secret gates into fences.

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Craft

“I’d be riding horses if they’d let me” – Bonnie Prince Billy.

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