The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 6 17th July 2017

Poetry 1

A Letter to the Friend Living in Borderline Abuse by Cathy Donelan . You say we cannot be seen on your wedding day for the charade, might crack carefully labelled lies will crumble . like shards of the mirror he put a fist through while people sat downstairs, that night you got on his nerves …

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Poetry 2

WE ALL NEED TO FLY by Edward Lee . Be careful of that last will and testament, keep it away from the candle; it belongs to Icarus, found in his father’s belongings, or it is his father’s, found in Icarus’ remains – I don’t think it matters, Not now.   It is extremely flammable, just …

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Poetry 3

i live behind the glass, on the corner of framed and hung by Bev Smith . a one eyed glance of half lid somedays all I can dare for fear the cracking glass will spill with secrets my fearing most the ones i forgot an out the door in passing look making sure I’m right …

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Poetry 4

Aneurysm by Akshaya Pawaskar . Thrum, a vessel in the brain Fattened globe, thinned out A worn ticking clock, about to run out of time, gilt hands In stupor, languorous eternal Unbeknown a fountain exists. Plasma, floating discs red and White, hose pipe brittle, crack Squirt blood in tissues, map of vegetable life, homunculus. Sleep …

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Poetry 5

In the Same Month by Maureen Sutton . It’s the hottest June day in forty years, a cloudless sky. Canterbury bells are chiming, blue, pink, white. The purple sage-bush is quivering with bees, foxgloves And fuchsia are showing off, geraniums, marigolds, ablaze. Tomatoes in flower, the earth warm in my hands. We’re still in the …

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Escaping the dead hand of writer’s block 3 – More Writers’ Prompts

By Shirley Bell . Revisiting Endings . Last week I put  a piece from ‘Tom Thumb’ which appears in R. F Langley’s ‘Collected Poems’, published by CarcanetEach line ended with physics/ in/ it/ because/ are/ evening/and/fifty/any/end/shrieks/go/be/ beyond/left/galaxy – very challenging but I hope you got a poem out of this. .But What about a formal …

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Poetry 6

God was pop art  . by Andrew Lawson  . . They all flirted with death those eclectic dreamers under a salmon painted sky that bled music and poetry God was pop art hung on a dime store rack a frame of tin foil emitting strange vibes they spoke an underground language nailed their frail ego’s …

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The Other Side of Writing

by Micheal A Griffith.   I belong to several groups devoted to writing on Facebook and very often I’ll read posts from fellow members stating they feel guilty that they did not write for a day or longer. As a matter of fact, yesterday I did very little writing or re-writing/editing myself and for a …

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