Mostly all the time nearly everything

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Everyone who enters the stage begins by saying thank you
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That silence
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Mostly nearly all the time
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Tom Pickard’s astonishing depiction of a merlin chasing a skylark
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Helena Nelson owning the space, stepping in at a moment’s notice to replace Jen Hadfield
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Jonathan Edwards’s poem about a hippo from beneath the water in a zoo
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Suzannah Evans choosing to read a poem ‘because it is up in the men’s toilet, apparently’
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Kathleen Jamie at the Masterclass: ‘Get someone else to read your poem aloud, so you can hear it how they hear it’
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Laskey
Laskey
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Chatting with Anne Berkley about having the stationery thing
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Naomi, Naomi, Naomi. Come back! There is so much I still have to
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‘The only thing that never changes: the avant garde.’ Thomas Lux
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Dean Parkin telling me every Norwich City result from the last two years in the break after Julian Stannard. Julian Stannard. Wow
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A woman comes up to me and just starts talking about her cancer
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Team South Africa (you know who you are; the invitation to stay is an open one. This is not me being nice)
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Dan O’Brien’s huge lungfuls of air to get him through his extraordinary, long sentences
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Naomi
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Laskey’s voice nearly cracking, but not, in his poem for his friend, Roy Blackman
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‘Peter Sansom told me the poem was laminated’
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Yes! I am this enthusiastic all the time. I could be dead tomorrow. We all could
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Sex, Death and God: I think about them all the time! Adélia Prado.
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The man next to me humming gently to himself as I write this
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Beverly, Beverly, Beverly. Thank you.
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‘You have been airlifted into a mountain region and you have to make your own way down.’ Finuala Dowling
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In the car to the cafe Thomas Lux told me his five-year-old cousin was once picked up by the cheek by a horse. He still bears the horseshoe scar. Even this is a poem
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Note to self: learn to speak Portuguese! Obrigado!
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Friends I have known all my life for three days. There is still so much more we could

The Aldeburgh Poetry Festival blog

4 comments

  1. Simon R. Gladdish

    Dear Anthony

    Shame that we couldn’t be there. I would love to have seen Nell Nelson ‘owning the space’ amongst other delights!

    Best wishes from Simon

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  2. Jazz Cookie

    Anthony – What a terrific collage of people, poems, ideas. I could feel the excitement and I thank you. I am co-opting the Dowling line as the metaphor for my life these past few months…It hit me between swallows of my morning tea in the red poppy cup …I’m still making my way down the mountain but now have hope that I’ll reach the bottom.

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  3. Simon R. Gladdish

    Dear Anthony

    If you’ll allow me a small plug, my latest volume: ‘The Book Of Irregular Sonnets’ is now available from Lulu.com for only £7.00!

    Best wishes from Simon

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