Two weeks to lift-off

It is now two weeks until the official launch of The Dirigible Balloon. The idea of an online publication featuring the best poetry for children from both established and new poets has moved on and is becoming a reality. We have twelve poets contributing over thirty poems altogether for the inaugural issue … but perhaps…

Suppose …

Suppose there was a place for writers of children’s poetry to air their stuff online called The Dirigible Balloon … Suppose we were not here today,behind our desks at school, and say instead of maths and grammar stuff,of which we do more than enough, both you and I could catch a bus,balloon or hippotamus, and…

The Dirigible Balloon … preparing to launch a new webzine for children’s poetry

Dirigible Balloon: the name used to describe the newly invented airships in the 18th century. From ideas originating in China, the development of hot-air balloons was carried out by French brothers Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier. On October 15th 1783 Jean-Francois Pilâtre de Rozier made the first tethered flight, November 21st Pilâtre de Rozier and the…

Clearance

A poem for Fathers’ Day … Clearance A face distorts in a fractured glass eye.In the wreckage of a house clearance,painted on gesso and northern white pine,old acrylic eyelashes flash a recognition. Stippled like a stormy summer,worn and battered flanks shiver in the dust.A torn rosette from a forgotten fetehangs by a mane, shabby and…

Science and Poetry

So this is happening soon. Katrina Porteous performs a World Premiere of ‘Under the Ice’, an immersive half hour performance combining Katrina’s poetry with electronic music by Peter Zinovieff on June 23rd 2021 in the Wordsworth Grasmere poetry series ‘Go to the poets, they will speak to thee’. On the Wordsworth site we are told:…

June Update

People who regularly read my stuff on here know that I am a recently retired teacher. When considering the idea of leaving the profession, I looked forward to the time I’d be able to concentrate on writing more poetry, reading at live events and getting my new pamphlet Fledge launched. Interestingly enough, things haven’t turned…

The Pencil

The pencil wrote a learned note,in which he dropped a Karl Marx quote,so all could see his pedigreein matters of great weight. And by his side, awash with pride,his chum the biro certifiedin Garamond on paper bond,his prowess in debate. “We know our stuff!” was biro’s bluff,although, in truth, not quite enough,for biro’s mind was…

May Verbalise … Steve Pottinger

The Kendal spoken word night at The Brewery has moved for this last year into the realms of the virtual, but we still get some belting poetry performers doing their thing via Zoom. I knew of Steve’s stuff initially through Write Out Loud and then through the Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists collective and his own…