The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 11

Poems by Dave Kavanagh

Dave was born and still lives in Loughshinny, a tiny farming and fishing village in the coastal North Co. Dublin. He has been writing since he could hold a pen in his fist. His work has seen recent publication in a number of anthologies as well as online at sites such as madswirl.com and Medium. …

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Breaking News! Michael Blackburn is judging the Chapbook Contest 2017

    Michael Blackburn (born 1954) is a British poet. From 1976 to 1978 Blackburn was an editor on Poetry & Audience, the poetry magazine produced by The School of English at the University of Leeds. Together with the American poet, Michael Coffey, he edited a special translations issue. During the early-to-mid-1980s he was an editor on Stand Magazine, Newcastle Upon Tyne. …

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Josh Crayton – Bzzzz

Melinda moves and breathes for her husband Frank, And favors cappuccinos in the morning and midday naps on Friday afternoons, While sleeping Melinda is whisked away by a willowing woman with faint limbs She transports Melinda over islands of mountanious terrain, sparkling green hills, crystal clear water and oceans of apples and apricots, She whispers …

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About The Editorial Process

This is just a bit of information about how I approach editing the magazine. Sorry to be so OCD but it will save a lot of grief.   First a word about selection.  I am very sorry that I cannot make individual comments on poems that  I feel are not right for the magazine. These …

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6 poems – 1

Lyn Byrne is a Communications Specialist.  She has worked as a print and broadcast Journalist and has contributed to various fiction and non-fiction publications including The Bohemyth, HCE Review, The Irish Times, Women’s Way, deafhear.ie and Anglers Digest.  She studied Creative Writing in the historic eighteenth century Carlow College.             …

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Mark G. Pennington was born 1985 and lives and writes in Kendal, UK.  He has poems in TL;DR and Poetry Super Highway and is set to appear in Poetry Pacific, The Oddville Press, Scarlet Leaf Review and Futures Trading. Previous to this, publications are under the name J. Rose including a first book in 2012, titled Lithium Clockwork. He is also currently writing poems …

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Issue 11, news and reviews

I have a very exciting announcement about our Chapbook Contest, which is going to be judged by Michael Blackburn, the well respected poet whose stellar career is described in the post in this issue. I have known Michael for many years since I was a Literature Consultant for Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts, and the judging …

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Poetry for posterity: Lincolnshire poetry at the University of Lincoln

  Since 2014 Special Collections within the University of Lincoln Great Central Warehouse Library have been actively collecting material from Lincolnshire poets on the recommendations of Michael Blackburn, a poet himself and Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Journalism at the university. This has been (I hope) a very fruitful and pleasurable experience …

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The poetry of Les Wicks

The Walls About Samadhi   Freshly broken out from that shiny plane I sink in a Delhi floral negligence. Our cotton skins trap air like patient fishers this place is on fire. We are calm, well-fed.   There are manners & lines, bottled water passing spilt lives. A terrible smile from beggary at the traffic …

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The poetry of Ruth Ennis

Bad Eyesight   My friends were miniature and talkative We used to save worlds and run investigations Whenever my mother asked where they lived I couldn’t explain the concept of imagination   Those whom demanded respect when they spoke Talked down to me with a blank smile and a vacant stare They asked about my …

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Out of Control – Out of Definition – Writers of a New Era – J. Crayton

I have a strong affection for modernism. It is a deviation from the Victorian standards of high morality and the strict rules, regulations, and religiosity of the early English settlers. Toward the 19th century we find stories written out of the native tongues of the sons of early immigrants, for the indigenous were already here. …

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