The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 9 7th August 2017

Featured Poet Joan McNerney

I am from Brooklyn, New York and fell in love with poetry when I was nine years old.  My first publication was in Young America Sings when I was fourteen. It has been a long and wonderful journey. After retiring from the advertising business, I have moved to lovely upstate New York near the Albany area.  The …

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Art into Poetry, Poetry into Art – or Ekphrasis – 2 Poetry on Landscape with the Fall of Icarus Pieter Bruegel the Elder c1555

By Shirley Bell . I have now discovered that there is a definition:- “Ekphrasis generally refers to any written response to art, regardless of the form of the art or the form of the writing. Up until the last twenty years or so, ekphrasis simply meant a  description of a work of art and was …

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From the other side

By Phil Dunn . In times of war it does not seem proper to concern ourselves very much with the opinions of our enemies.  In a war there is an obvious priority – to win – and as a rule the only message heard from the other side is that which suits the protagonists.  But …

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We shall remember them

by Phil Dunn   The well-known poem by Wilfred Owen, ‘Dulce et Decorum est’, was an attack on the pro-war propagandists of his day (who were so successful that young men queued around the block to fight on behalf of ‘plucky little Belgium’, certain that the war would ‘be over by Christmas’).  Owen’s graphic account …

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Writing From Prompts

by Michael Griffith.   I have very little idea HOW creativity works, I only know that it DOES work on many levels. The end product may or may not be any good, but so long as there IS product after honest effort, that’s what’s important to me. Yes, in art we want quality over quantity, …

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Poetry by Akshaya Pawaskar

Akshaya Pawaskar is a doctor practicing in India and poetry is her passion. Her poems have been published in Tipton Poetry journal, Writer’s Ezine, Efiction India, Ink drift, The blue nib, Her heart poetry, Awake in the world anthology by Riverfeet press and few anthologies by lost tower publications. She had been chosen as ‘Poet …

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Poetry by Robert Knox & Ash Slade

Robert Knox is a Boston Globe correspondent, a poet, fiction writer, and the author of a recently published novel based on the Sacco and Vanzetti case, “Suosso’s Lane.” As a contributing editor for the online poetry journal, Verse-Virtual, his poems appear regularly on that site. They have also appeared in other journals such as Every …

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Poetry by Patrick Williamson

Patrick Williamson, a British poet and translator, who lives in France. I also work with music and filmpoems (Afterwords, set to music by Mauro Coceano). My work is increasingly focused on Italy, where I have published two collections Beneficato(English-Italian, Samuele Editore, Pordenone, 2015), and Nel Santuario (Samuele Editore, 2013; Menzione Speciale della Giuria in the XV Concorso Guido …

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Poetry by Barry Fentiman Hall

Barry Fentiman Hall is based in Kent, England. He is a writer of place and the ways that we fit around it. He has published a book called The Unbearable Sheerness Of Being (Wordsmithery 2016) and has appeared in City Without A Head (Wordsmithery 2013). He is the editor of Confluence Magazine and has been …

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Subscribers Poetry

Fluffy Orange by Eileen Hugo . Auntie Narretta had chosen an orange dress not a just dress    a ballgown layers of fluff, sparkles. A mother of the groom outfit even the matching shoes and purse were to accompany her. She had outlined the hymns and readings that would-be part of the services. She was so proud …

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