time in a world upside down

When I first check the time, it is 1.00 a.m. on 5th March. Now that’s earlier than I have been going to bed in recent times, so this is my chance. In an attempt to alter my upside-down lifestyle, I must go to bed NOW. Okay, I’ll do it just as soon as I checkContinue reading “time in a world upside down”

Review: Feverfew by Anna Saunders (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2021)

That Feverfew, the sixth and latest poetry collection from Anna Saunders, is laced with quality – at times luxury – is easily evidenced. What is more difficult to explain, though ironically it may be inherent in its stylish packaging, is the exquisite economy and value to be found in this publication.  In large part thisContinue reading “Review: Feverfew by Anna Saunders (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2021)”

Review: HONEY DEW by Darren J Beaney (from Hedgehog Poetry Press, December 2020)

Can love ever be perfect? Can poetry about love be perfect? Can two people living together for a long time be perfect? In my humble view, those are time-wasting questions because answers to them are virtually impossible. It would be more useful I suggest to dip into the approach adopted by Darren J Beaney inContinue reading “Review: HONEY DEW by Darren J Beaney (from Hedgehog Poetry Press, December 2020)”

Belated (but at last the final) Advent Blog, this one named Day 16: the Eve

Now that I have reached the end of this jumping-around-irrationally-at-the-wrong-time-of-year-Advent-calendar-of-blogposts, the question can fairly be asked. Apart from the specific pre-Christmas season sense, what does advent mean? The answers may be expressed in a range of definitions: a coming into place or view or meaning; arrival (e.g. of an important event). It is derived fromContinue reading “Belated (but at last the final) Advent Blog, this one named Day 16: the Eve”

Belated Advent Blog Day 15: The Penultimate

For the posts I have done to date I have usually started off with some rough idea that I have scribbled down somewhere. Sometimes a few notes, or a more or less complete draft. I thought I knew what today’s was going to be about but that has changed. I have just read on socialContinue reading “Belated Advent Blog Day 15: The Penultimate”

(Belated) Advent Blog Day 14: Strong Female Television Leads, including Dickinson/The Great

Taking subject matter in an entirely new direction, I turn my attention temporarily to television drama (of sorts). In recent times (for almost two years and for the most personal of reasons) I have paid only limited attention to the output of television, turning to it mainly for news and information. But gradually I haveContinue reading “(Belated) Advent Blog Day 14: Strong Female Television Leads, including Dickinson/The Great”

Belated Advent Blog Day ‘12A’: Just Your Luck, Mate

I am now nearing the end of this ludicrous task of 24 days of Blogs in the form of an out-of-time Advent Calendar. With this calendar, when you open the box you don’t get a chocolate, but in its place a random thought or two, this time on the subject of luck, good and bad.Continue reading “Belated Advent Blog Day ‘12A’: Just Your Luck, Mate”

Procrastinator’s Advent Blog Day 12: A short walk on 2nd January 2021

Inspired by walking in snow and certain other references from yesterday’s post Ridiculously late Advent Blog Day 11: I wish I’d gone out earlier I recalled and looked out this note I made of a short journey on foot which took place on 2nd January 2021. ‘Still self-isolating as much as possible as we move towardsContinue reading “Procrastinator’s Advent Blog Day 12: A short walk on 2nd January 2021”

Ridiculously late Advent Blog Day 11: I wish I’d gone out earlier

  Well, after a few days’ break I’m back on the trail of counting down the remaining six days of an Advent now lost in the mists of 2020. After this post just five more of that species to go, then this extended exercise will be over. And everyone will be relaxed (me included) knowingContinue reading “Ridiculously late Advent Blog Day 11: I wish I’d gone out earlier”

Belated Advent Blog Day 10: Angels

  Carrying on the theme of Irish and other-worldly, touched upon in the Day 9 post, I have for you the following abbreviated version of something which happened a few years ago. I offer it in this incomplete sketch form on the basis that I may still be able to expand and craft it intoContinue reading “Belated Advent Blog Day 10: Angels”