The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 7 24th July 2017

Poetry 5

Wonder-Worker of Kara-Su-Bazar by Brandon Marlon   Against the backdrop of white mountains sheltering the town from the north wind, the humble thaumaturge wraps his turban clockwise around his head as he murmurs matinal prayers in Hebrew, an aubade to the divine, facing southwest toward his hometown, Jerusalem, stroking tufts of his flowing white beard, …

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Poetry 4

Between The Lines by Shane James I’ve chosen you that I may open what binds your thoughts and read your mind Oh Henry What are you saying Is Walden’s depth the fountain-head of life My eyes grow weary as the soft candle light casts shadows of truth and doubt warring silhouettes animate the walls around …

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Poetry 3

Tides and the Teenagers by Vicky She watched the tide, its lifetimes of flux and the sullen teenagers that assembled there at bedtime like a surf of weary waves, crashing in one-word answers sounded on sighs. They heeded beliefs dark as the river, sooty black as the bottom of a junkies spoon. Freezing their tits …

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Poetry 2

End of reason by Allison Grayhurst I hear the echo of instability slide through the corridors like a plague that just missed. I hear the song and flip like a flock of tiny birds, upside down, bellies flat against the sky. I feel soiled by layers of complexity, needing to feel again protection, the stroke …

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Escaping the dead hand of writer’s block 4 Yet More Writers’ Prompts – Colour Your Life

By Shirley Bell   This is another exercise I tried with the group at my recent creative writers meeting. The focus I had for this was free writing using unusual vocabularies. I am bemused by Farrow and Ball paint names, they are luscious and quite mental. I am fascinated by how these names are created …

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Memorising poetry

By Shirley Bell   Memorising poetry is becoming a lost art, I think, but one that is underrated. It is often referred to as learning by heart, and this is very apt because to remember well there has to be an emotional hit. I still remember long chunks of poetry I learned for exams, along …

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