Author Archives: SallyJ

About SallyJ

I am a writer and a poet.

National Poetry Day + 1

For the first time in years National Poetry Day passed and I found myself bereft of words. As is often the case lacking words of my own sends me scurrying to shelves of poetry books and yet still inspiration proved … Continue reading

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Planning a Paradox for a Paragram Prize

Many of you have already written and at least drafted your entry for the Paragram Paradox Prize however, for those who are still thinking and wondering this blog may be just the nudge you need. The… Source: Planning a Paradox for … Continue reading

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The Young Yew

In benign spring sunshine the field waits, as all fields are waiting, for the burst of bud and spurt of blade to finally wake after the long winter. Dotted about are signs of scattered feed for vanished ponies. An abandoned bucket, its garish … Continue reading

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4th March 2016…Oh what a night!

The room was packed and there was a buzz of excitement and not all of it was because of the wine. The Paragram Chapbook Challenge winner and ‘Spotlights’ poets were gathered at the Poet… Source: 4th March 2016…Oh what a … Continue reading

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Paragram Launch event…and great news for 2016 challenge

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A Tête-à-Tête under a pearl sky

In the words of Shelley: “The cold earth slept below; Above the cold sky shone…” … and flowering long before its time, this little narcissus. Damp and bedraggled it may be but light from its petals shines out. Crouched beneath a bare, … Continue reading

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The Backend

These days between Christmas and the new year, especially as someone who does not ‘do’ shopping, feel a little unusual to me this year. This year, with its higher than average temperature, has not even felt much like midwinter. My thoughts … Continue reading

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