Ten tips to beat writer’s block

This is an extension of my last post (Writing tips: come and get ’em). It repeats some of the tips, but I’ve added five more, and some other new stuff. Keep reading. “Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” – […]

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A Posy of Poems

It’s been a while, but here I am at last. Some time ago I wrote a post listing some of my favourite books. I badly need to update it and will do so before too long. But today, given it is National Poetry Day here in NZ, I want to talk poetry. I love reading poetry […]

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My daughter’s bedside, 3am

Mothers Day (tomorrow in New Zealand) is always special to me. I am so proud to be a mother, and so very grateful.  I wrote this poem today. My daughter’s bedside, 3am You are far away, somewhere mothers cannot follow. But I am near; so near your breath is my blanket. It won’t be long until the […]

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The Gift of Poetry

I love getting presents, especially when they are precisely what I want at that moment in time. But if I could only get one more present for the rest of my life, it would be this: a poem written exclusively for me, by one of the poets I truly love. I would want to meet […]

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After the party

As our bodies collide and we miss each other, I start thinking of all the times we have touched but not touched. I open my mouth to tell you this then shut it again without saying a word. Our bodies part and we tuck and fold, packaging ourselves up again, gifting ourselves once more to everything […]

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The Most Usual Lie

I wrote this poem yesterday – not specifically for Valentine’s Day, but I guess the subject matter fits. x The Most Usual Lie To tell you the truth, there is too much everything in the phrase “I love you”. Forever and an instant. It is the universal adaptor. Plug it in, and it will power […]

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The Riches of Love

I wrote this poem in the late ’90s. It was published in The Collection of New Zealand Poetry & Prose, 2001. I originally called it “The Troubadour” because it felt more like a song than a poem to me. Then I realised that the song was being sung by a woman – and a female troubadour […]

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