"My own practice is to tighten a poem (occasionally I admit to strangling the thing at birth), less words, more meaning.
In this instance I used inferred as a kind of shorthand (another of my failings) for the feeling I had that the poem was too…"
"Spudnick, life is hilarious unless we're in some kind of pain, a condition I know a lot about! As an observer if not a voyeur I see both fun and pain all around me and did from an early age.
Your uncle sounds interesting, sometimes we tell…"
"While I agree with the sentiments I'm not convinced that the idea warrants two poems, perhaps because of their proximity and reading them one after the other.
Put the two poems together, condensed it would have more impact at the moment both…"
"Ruth, much of what I write is an attempt to laugh at myself - someone's got to do it - there is a tendency to take oneself far too seriously and I continually bore and irritate friend and foe alike by repeating that life is that little bit of…"
"I found the 'swinging' scene wasn't really for me. I could tell that with most of the people involved there was a lot going on in their lives that was being denied. I'm not saying this was universal just that a great many …"
"Derek (that's me) is a shallow sort, so my favourite food and drink is whatever I'm eating or drinking at the time. the story of my life in a nutshell really, so why am I working on an autobiographical trilogy after revealing the succinct…"
"I had months of diagnostics and treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last year and thankfully it looks as though the thing has been defeated.
Yes, the treatment regime took some bearing, seven rounds of chemo followed by…"