The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 2 Midsummer Madness

Featured Poet Shirley Bell

Shirley Bell is a widely published and anthologised poet as well as an experienced workshop tutor and writer-in-residence. Her poetry is archived in the Special Collection in the University of Lincoln’s Library and as a result, she has collected together all her published poetry from 1982 to early 2016 in her book, Dark is a Way …

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Hannah Lowe’s top poetry writing tips

Forward prize-shortlisted poet Hannah Lowe offers her top tips to young poetry writers. Hannah Lowe (born 1976) is a British writer, known for her collection of poetry Chick (2013) and family memoir Long Time, No See (2015). Lowe was born in Ilford, Essex, in 1976. She taught English, and went on to teach Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University. She began writing poetry …

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Poetry Part Four

A TASTELESS SOUP RJ Williams      Nothing will be found there… He said “I am the universe experiencing itself”   Behind the arterial highways And nerve spaghetti bowls And compost that looks shapely, pretty, He and countless on the planet Search for self.   Now too far From the playground, Too grown up to …

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Poetry Part Three

  Creatrix Gregory Broadbent I   I never really set out to do anything because that would limit my toys   and I saw that things, like toys, were not real   because it was me that was imagining and I wept by the roadside   drunken from my lifetime’s bemoaning when they became real …

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Poetry Part Two

Turn off the lights on your way out Naomi Tate Maghen   my little sister never ages, she’ll always be a scribble of a square house, two windows, a door and a flowered garden path   i keep my distance so that my thunderstorm doesn’t rattle her windows   though she invites me in~ she …

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Poetry Part One

Still Life With Fish Mike Essig   The people on the bus go up and down… Those imagined myriad first choices: astronaut, fireman, cowboy, hero. A child’s view of infinite possibility. So many corners to turn, paths to take. The smiling illusions of Free Will. And then arrives the Great Settling. The dawning middle age …

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