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I have 373 stories published in 22 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 667449 times and 168 of my stories have been cherry picked.
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Jennifer Pickup

Jennifer Pickup is a secondary school English teacher turned primary school teacher turned Nursery Manager and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator with a love of telling stories and weaving rhymes. She lives in Wiltshire with her Chihuahua-cross rescue dog and when she isn't working she can be found dog-walking, horse-riding her beloved dressage horse, dressage judging, or glued to her laptop, writing. A lot of her work can be found on www.abctales.com - this writing community offered her valuable feedback and support over the years and was instrumental in getting her fist novel published through Unbound. Unbelievable is her first novel - http://unbound.co.uk/books/unbelievable - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unbelievable-Jennifer-Pickup/dp/1908717068.

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Superstition

Superstition Jennifer Pickup 04.04.2024 I always believed in the old wives’ tales, Blamed them for every one of my life fails: You didn’t perform the...
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Unsaid (A Villanelle-ish)

Unsaid (A Villanelle - ish ) Jennifer Pickup 2 6 .02.2024 I have all these words that remain unsaid , They disappear when I pick up the phone –...
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The Mole (A Sonnet)

The Mole (A Sonnet) Jennifer Pickup, 26.01.2024 I’ve been hiding in the dark for too long, Seeking refuge in ground’s eternal night – A haven in...
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New Year's Resolution

New Year ’s Resolution Jennifer Pickup (01.01.2024) Another New Year, a new resolution you won’t keep ! Oh, let me take a rough guess : A diet for...
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Spider

Spider Jennifer Pickup 27.11.2023 The lady in front of me at the dressage convention has a spider in her hair. I lean forwards to study the tiny,...
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9 of my comments have received 9 Great Feedback votes

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Wonderful!

Posted on Fri, 05 Apr 2024

The imagery is so evocative, how beautifully done!

Saw a pair the other day - spectacular!

J x

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Posted in The Red Kite (bird of prey)

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True!

Posted on Thu, 04 Apr 2024

The poem does admit that at the end, though! 

J x

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Posted in Superstition

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Forgive me, but...

Posted on Mon, 01 Jan 2024

...I'm finding your maths confusing! If your New Year's Resolution this year is to stop smoking, then by May/June it will only be 5/6 months smoke free, not a year?! Unless it was last year's Resolution, and you're already more than halfway there...

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First time...

Posted on Tue, 10 Oct 2023

...that I've written about this. Hardest poem I've ever written, it took me nearly two weeks on and off, and weirdly I finished it on World Mental Health Day, which I'll be honest I didn't even know existed until it popped up on an NHS campaign...

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Posted in Anxiety Rules

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Wow!

Posted on Fri, 11 Aug 2023

Thank you - what an honour!

It was hugely enjoyable and challenging to write - not just understanding and then following the structure of the poetic form, but addressing the subject matter. Personal and yet also the experience of others,...

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Posted in Wolves

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This line,'Counting out an

Posted on Wed, 25 Jun 2008

This line,

'Counting out an abacus
of small conceits'

is just perfect.

As ever, I am going to ask for punctuation all through - your use of it and capitals is rather sporadic, I feel!

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Posted in The Mulberry Bush

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Great poem, but I feel the

Posted on Wed, 16 Jun 2010

Great poem, but I feel the word 'invigorates' doesn't fit - it makes the line have too many syllables and throws the rhythm, which is otherwise pretty uniform, off. How about finding another word that means the same thing but has fewer syllables? J...Read full comment

Posted in Sun's role

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Mad, exhausting,

Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2009

Mad, exhausting, intense! You captured such a crazy feeling! Once again, just the 'it's' to point out, Yes, keep writing! J xRead full comment

Posted in Lost in New York - Pt II

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'the rain battered box gift

Posted on Wed, 25 Jun 2008

'the rain battered box gift wrapped' such a vivid image of the coffin. This is minimalistic, and yet says it all. And for once, I think the lack of puncatuation adds to that.Read full comment

Posted in One Driver Escaped Uninjured