The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 4. 3rd July 2017

How I define Poetry

By Rajnish Mishra   What is Poetry? Well, in my past, in discussions, I’ve never answered this question with certainty or finality. Now is the time and this is the page to do that. As it is difficult and faulty to attempt a one line definition, I’ll try to offer characteristics upon which there may …

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Writing poetry for little people

by Dave Kavanagh   As writers we all wish to leave a mark, something that will immortalise us, a book perhaps, a collection of poems or stories with our name standing proudly on the cover. What could be better than to say that your work influenced future generations, that your words helped mould the minds …

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Erotica Vs Pornography in poetry.

by Dave Kavanagh   Firstly I want to say that this is a dispassionate discourse and not a judgemental article, it is not an attempt at covert censorship or editorial opinion on the merits of one form of poetry over another. I rather wanted to define and discuss the difference between pornography and erotica and …

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Poetry 2

Tanka for Butterfly Baby Grand Piano By Marieta Maglas . A butterfly lands on a pressed piano key. Makes the sound be like a vortex at the wing edge with a tremolo effect. . . Ardus Publications, Sybaritic Press, Prolific Press, Silver Birch Press, HerEthics Books, and some others published the poems of Marieta Maglas in …

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Poetry 3

The Esoteric Poetry of Physics By Luiz Canha Machado . I’m leaving soon, So it’s farewell To world’s own materiality. I stole what I could From my time here. All I can see now is Humanism in rags, The open vein Bleeding the new theorem. Organic as I am, Roughly framed By space and time, I …

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Poetry 5

Retiring the Geisha By Iris Orpi . How quickly the seductive heroism of continuing to choose the chosen seems to have forgotten that there is no sustaining desire without sacrificing the certainty that used to be the one deal breaker. The path becomes a petri dish for temptations and their many names: the last craved …

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Poetry 4

Waste Disposal  By Naomi Tate Maghen   sometimes your eyes are a fossilised embryo, set just before hello and my palm hesitates on a heavy wave, paws the remains of a kleenex death sometimes you look straight at me and I am a forgotten thought on a broom that’s collected too many screams in a …

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Poetry 1

Where I come from by Malkeet Kuar   . Where I come From There’s no group I belong to, No caste no sect no race.   And one step short of losing a gender. But that is not possible.   I have been carrying this bleeding burden for too long, For past thirty-seven seven years …

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Featured Poet. Anne McMaster

About Anne Anne McMaster is a poet and professional playwright who lives on an old farm in rural mid-Ulster. She was a finalist in the FSNI Poetry Competition in 2015 and shortlisted for the 2016 Bangor Poetry Competition. Her work has been published in 19,751 Words: an Anthology, in Paper Plane Pilots, The Honest Ulsterman …

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