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Restricted Vocabulary – City Poems 2

Turning out time (Early Morning) Vibrant panorama of cloud inviolate The seagull stride on cables immaculate Turns curveship into vaulting flight, tilting From parapets, to pivot over Atlantic chill Of sea, piers, harbour, bay and sky Descend to streets fiery … Continue reading

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Restricted Vocabulary – City Poems 1

Rewards Girder, guerdon and jeans Scuttle, scuffle and splendour Towers, theatres and temples God, glory and gowns. Solomon Priest of God and theatre (altar, domes and cellar, virgins, bedlamite, artists, anonymity and air), fused shadow and fiery beauty, sun and … Continue reading

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Exercise 3: List and Anti-list – Sunrise

Sunrise stole in like an anti-thief giving light in happy silence still warm blue over a happy lagoon sandbar yellow no noise no gulls in the no-wind no clouds no motion unconcerned by oyster catcher crying into a breaking visibility

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Exercise 3: List and Anti-list

The aim for this week is to create a poem from a list of items, or an anti-list of items, or a mix of both. (An anti-list is a list of qualities which define the item by what it is … Continue reading

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Exercise 2: Restricted Vocabulary – Haiku

Bush Coast Haiku Hot-house sun touches Forest trees, half-light clearings Delicately cold. This has been written for a different mood, but in a shorter time span. I have used the haiku style partially because I have recently played with it, … Continue reading

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Exercise 2: Restricted Vocabulary – Revised attempt

A Late Walk, Matapouri Track To enter, I badly needed Vixen nerves, The courage of midnight, A shadow path Into the hollow clearings, The stink of den deepening With the starless darkness. Mortified I imagine hands, Feel the pelt forest, … Continue reading

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Exercise 2: Restrcted Vocabulary – First Attempt

A Late Walk, Matapouri Track To enter I badly needed courage, Vixen nerves, On the midnight path Into the hollow clearings, The stink of den deepening With the starless darkness. I imagine hands, Feel pelt forest fingers, From the fur … Continue reading

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