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Welcome to Newsletter #55

A bunch of tales I wanted to share with you

A tale I read

Pat by John Hegley
[Pat by John Hegley]

A tale I heard

Poet Salena Godden on poetry in divided times:

“Poets and writers and performers are playing a vital role in these fractured times. It’s about connectivity. It is an illusion we are connected because we have these lovely technologies and iPhones but we are separated, isolated and hidden under a barrage of noise.

People that are coming to poetry gigs want that connectivity, to stand in a room among others and feel that shared moment, that laughter and art and humanity and freedom and love are necessary and important and worth believing in and fighting for.

The number of poets and people interested in poetry is rising and rising. I’ve never seen so much traffic nor been so busy and I also have never had to hug so many people after shows before, lots of hugging is happening at my gigs and that’s new too. I don’t mind the hugging, I like hugging.”

A tale I saw

Margate by Daniel Cockrill
[Margate by Daniel Cockrill]

A tale I wrote

Keith, the rapper,
was not having a good time.

He’d been on stage for over three minutes
and not a single hunny had shaken their ass.
Keith grabbed his crotch and flicked the Vs
as he mumbled into his final verse.


Keith heard a cough from the back of the room.
It was Margeret,
tapping her watch
and waving her car keys.

A tail I like

[A tail I like]
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