Spontaneous poem. When Blogging.

when blogging


to blog

first you must have an idea, however small –
ideas are like dough – they rise higher than you ever thought they would

then some courage is needed
to put the idea into words on a page

when they are words on a page, they must be edited –
not to perfection –
the odd typo –
let’s make it a puzzle to see if anyone who visits will notice –
(i certainly didn’t)

when cutting and pasting *remember* to keep formatting as it is –
and schedule it for next Friday
and not accidently backdate it to last Friday
(which i certainly didn’t do and never have)

Google popular tags and times of day best to post –
i still do this after 5 years –
you would think i would learn –
open Twitter & check hashtags other bloggers are using –
become distracted –

reading their blogs
and your TBR list has gained several new books –
oops, just like that

if it is a book review blog –
do include if the book was an ARC –
i promise my unbiased opinion –

make sure the post has images
and in preview –
check the paragraphs haven’t bunched together –

is the blog connected to social networks –
post automatically –

have i titled the post – no
no – think
for ten minutes
on something that will entice the reader – draw them in –
realise laptop is 2 per cent away from running out of battery –
save blog
schedule to post
and breathe.

@k_lpoetry


thank you for reading this spontaneous poem. if you want to read other poems, i posted one here a few days ago and another here last week. You could also become a subscriber of my Patreon and find lots of my poems on there.


 

do you love books in verse? i’ve written about why i do

 


Book Review

Toffee by Sarah Crossan 4/5

The poem format Sarah Crossan uses to write Toffee works well with the story. It covers important subjects too, such as abusive relationships, identity and peer pressure. I read it in one afternoon and couldn’t find any faults with it, other than it ended. Yep, that’s why I’m knocking a star off of my review, because the book ended – I am that petty (not really) 

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I love books written in a poem format. I think so many people feel poetry is niche, academic, boring, not something that is easy to understand etc. etc. and of course that is reflected in how poetry is taught to us. I remember all the silly poems that I read as a kid, which were was mainly rhymes. I grew up – thinking that’s all poetry was, rhyming. I studied two poems for my English GCSE. That made me hate poetry because we all were taught was to dissect these two poems. To find all these hidden meanings that the poems held. I mean, maybe the poet was thinking about his tuna sandwich for lunch and it isn’t that deep?
Therefore when I all of a sudden got these ideas in my head for poems after I had left school, I was shocked. Where has this come from? I thought. I wrote my first six poems. I started to read Allen Ginsberg. The rest is … history, as they say. There’s nothing that excites me more (well, there is pizza and a freshly made bed) than opening a book and seeing the poem on a page, ready for me to learn from. Because poetry inspires me, I just love the format now, it appeals to me. I love how expressive it is. I love how you can write poetry and it’s much freer than fiction, which seems stuck in rigid lines. Poetry really wiggles and jiggles on the page.

Yes, I know.

To return to my point, I think it is great that novels in poem or verse form are seemingly becoming more frequently published. It normalises it. And maybe more people will realise how cool poetry is.


Speaking of which I was recently approved for an ARC of Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew and to be published by Walker books. I think it is released in September. I started reading it yesterday and omg, already in love and am only five pages in. The blurb I copied below and here is a pre-order (affiliate)link and add to your Goodreads here 

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A timely feminist YA novel in verse about periods, sex, shame and going viral for all the wrong reasons.

BLOOD MOON is a YA novel about the viral shaming of a teenage girl. During her seminal sexual experience with the quiet and lovely Benjamin, physics-lover and astronomy fan Frankie gets her period – but the next day a gruesome meme goes viral, turning an innocent, intimate afternoon into something sordid, mortifying and damaging.

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Book Review. What if it’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera. Positives / Negatives & Representation 📦

What if it’s Us

Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Harper Collins

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(Some disclosure, I read, and wrote a review for this book way back when and due to depression, anxiety, and zero Wi-Fi this never made its way onto the blog. I think the book helped to navigate my way through some of the gloom. It was an enjoyable experience

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The complexities of a new romantic relationship, in which one person has just spilt from their ex, and the other never having been in a relationship before, privilege, sex and consent, summer, pop culture references, contemporary, realistic, and best of all that had me singing was REPRESENTATION. This book has gay characters and a character with ADHD and none of that is driving the story.

Those are the positives, followed by a BUT
Negatives, the two characters Ben and Arthur. The pair equally share POV. One is annoying to begin with and you get to like them and then vice versa. The first dates between the two are high cringe and you think how is this relationship going to go anywhere. Then suddenly the two are coupled up and can’t live without each other. Love is strange.

The whole upset where they spilt temporarily you could see coming from page ten? and was saved by the realistic (slightly disappointing) ending. Also in here there is a homophobic incident on public transport that while you should love who you love, do you, there will be people who, inexplicably, think women should date men and men should date women, like there isn’t a whole spectrum of sexualities and genders, so that was a reminder for readers I suppose that dinosaurs do still walk the earth.
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TW. Jude’s Story. Part Three.

Part 1 Part 2

I wake, wiping the drool from the corners of my mouth, and bend
over the side of the bed. I am looking for breakfast: cold chicken.
My teeth graze on the bone.
I snatch the stereo remote from the toy digger truck and wave it,
whilst pressing the red power button. I try to look up to see if it has
worked, but I slip, tumbling.
As my ears tune I hear shouting, as Kurt Cobain wails from the
speakers. I ssh him. Sounds like Jonathan and dad again. It makes a
change from the dad vs mum arguments.

That last argument was my fault. I hadn’t wiped the history on the computer, and mum saw I had been looking at tits. I was just trying to feel something for them.
I crawl into bed and close my eyes.

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I sit head in hands on my windowsill. A cigarette is smoldering in
the ashtray on my lap.
The room is empty and in boxes. Clothes are casually laid on a chair
for the morning. Jonathan is moving back into his room, which my
parents occupied, and we are moving tomorrow.
Jonathan wants me to stay. That’s what the argument was about. He
thinks I still need time.
‘You OK, Jude?’ Jonathan comes to asks me.
I mumble I am.
‘Come here.’ Jonathan sits on the bed and pats his knee. I unfold
myself and go to curl up with him. He kisses the top of my head.

‘When you are gone, right, promise me you will make friends. I
know mum doesn’t like you, you know, mix that much but do,
because you can’t sit around doing nothing on the weekends. You
need to get out there. It will help you.’
I nod.
‘Promise?’
‘I promise.’
‘To do what?’
‘Make friends.’
‘OK. Just go and talk to somebody.’
‘If they have a friendly face.’
‘Yeah.’
‘What if they laugh at me?’
‘Then they aren’t worth your time.’


Continue reading “TW. Jude’s Story. Part Three.”