Poetry reading for my ex-husband Grant

I’m reading three poems now especially for Grant, the father of my children, who died a few days ago. He was 84. It’s forty years since we separated and these are not gloomy poems. Lust, A Family Secret, and My Dear Ghosts are in my new book, How To Be Old.

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Foreword: an urgent poem about poetic style

Find out why poets choose a particular poetic style, fancy or plain. And why the lines of a poem don’t reach the margins, and why it’s OK for your mind to wander while you’re reading poetry, and what’s the point of poetry anyway.

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Happiness in lockdown

Two soothing poems and some practices that I use to maintain my happiness in lockdown, first adopted when I was facing up to my ageing body.

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