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Alan Edward Roberts



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:09 pm    Post subject: Opportunity Reply with quote

One of the joys of this Forum is that there are a range of voices. Any forum is a place of meeting and, ideally, a place exhibiting rich variety.

Under the Topic of "Moderation" I have, over the past 12 months, provided pointers to contributions by Peter Blumsom, Vera Korfioti, Michael Shepherd, John Guiney and John Stewart.

Let me mention six more names: Mark Stocks, Michael Bennett, David Taylor, Cheryl Albricht, Shirley Burch and Fay Slimm, all of whose poetry can be found on “page 1” of the Forum.

As new Topics are opened existing Topics drop-down the page and at some stage need to be searched out on “page 2” or “page 3”.

Today, on the 52nd anniversary of the first manned flight into space - “I see Earth. It is so beautiful” (Yuri Gagarin, cosmonaut) - Fay Slimm’s poem on “Sharing Earth-Space” is still to be found at the foot of page 1. It is well worth a look.

And then let me mention a further six names: John Kelly, Godfrey Rust, Verena Watson, Martin Lubikovski, Pamela Macleod and John F. Cook, whose contributions are now either largely or entirely to be found on pages 2 and 3.

And look out for the work of all the other contributors not mentioned in the above lists! Take a look for example at Smita Shukla's witty take on modern city life, "Pot Noodles", added to the Forum today.

“The world”, as the poet Robert Louis Stevenson noted, “is full of a number of things”.

And people, poets - and opportunities both to speak and to hear.


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Alan Edward Roberts



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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 7:57 am    Post subject: Beyond Words Reply with quote

Here are the opening lines of Alexander Pope’s ...

Essay on Criticism

'Tis hard to say, if greater want of skill
Appear in writing or in judging ill,
But, of the two, less dangerous is th' offence,
To tire our patience, than mislead our sense:
Some few in that, but numbers err in this,
Ten censure wrong for one who writes amiss;
A fool might once himself alone expose,
Now one in verse makes many more in prose.

'Tis with our judgments as our watches, none

Go just alike, yet each believes his own.

In poets as true genius is but rare,

True taste as seldom is the critic's share;

Both must alike from heaven derive their light,

These born to judge, as well as those to write.

Let such teach others who themselves excel,

And censure freely who have written well.

Authors are partial to their wit, 'tis true,

But are not critics to their judgment too?


These lines point out the often unperceived difficulties in understanding and assessing the written word well. And what applies to the written word applies equally to the spoken word and the unspoken word.

I have a letter written to me 20 years ago which ends with the suggestion “Perhaps we should take another journey together and discuss it further - wordlessly, of course!” Statements involving paradox require time to consider; I am still considering that one.

Please feel free to journey together with the world of poetry on this Forum; to join a discussion, or share a poem, wordlessly or otherwise.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:46 pm    Post subject: Out of the Marvellous Reply with quote

There is a wonderful documentary - Out of the Marvellous - on the life and poetry of Seamus Heaney, who died on Friday.
The documentary is available for the next 19 days for viewing on the Irish television (RTE player) website:
http://www.rte.ie/player/gb/show/10194512/
The title of the programme is taken from a line in Lightenings, a sequence of poems contained in Heaney's 1991 collection, "Seeing Things".
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:38 am    Post subject: Ten days to closing Reply with quote

Just a reminder that there is still time to enter the school's summer poetry competition.

The closing date is Monday, September 15th.

The subject is Beauty, and full details are posted in the announcement at the head of this Forum.
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