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October 10, 2010


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I don't mean to put a dampener on the love-in, said a clued-up interlocutor, but pple have been saying yr ditties are only anti-poetic lineated prose

line-broke at random & adopting well-worn tricks stolen from the pockets of seagulls, free-associating & getting the mouths of those without much oomph, to say you are the next messiah in poetryland

on the strength of a few 'zany' comedic lines packaged and sold as poetry in the UK, in a pub, ordering a pint at the bar, speaking as part of a crowd some middle-aged editor guy decided to promote, for a bet with his mates.

Oh, have they, I said to the clued-up interlocutor, maybe I should say something random, call myself the seal of a surreal pack & then those who don't buy into me, the audience, might ask me

would I come back?

Thank you for tis insightful post. I have been looking for a guide to0 the new poetry in Britain and Ireland and I believe I have lucked into the right one for me.

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