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point to whatever you please & call it church, home, or sweet love.  paradise is a world where everything is a sanctuary & nothing is a gun.

Danez Smith, Check out his poem "Dinosaurs in the Hood. "This movie can’t be a metaphor for black people & extinction.

Jocelyn Pook - Official website

Jocelyn Pook is a music composer for film, television, theatre, dance & the concert platform.

JACKIE KAY was an adopted child of Scottish/Nigerian descent brought up by white parents in Glasgow, a heritage she explored in Red Dust Road, an account of her search for her natural parents. She is one of Britain’s best-known poets, appearing frequently on radio and TV programmes on poetry and culture. She has won the Signal Poetry Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and was the British Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year for her collection of short stories Wish I Was Here.

JACKIE KAY was an adopted child of Scottish/Nigerian descent brought up by white parents in Glasgow, a heritage she explored in Red Dust Road, an account of her search for her natural parents. She is one of Britain’s best-known poets, appearing frequently on radio and TV programmes on poetry and culture. She has won the Signal Poetry Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and was the British Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year for her collection of short stories Wish I Was Here.

Many images in Shane Book's vibrant poem "World Town", from his 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection "Congotronic", leave lingering impressions. The poem opens with a vivid picture of a house built entirely of doors, a bright amalgam of elements that deepens in significance as you travel through the poem to the end ... and circle back again and again.

"the best seemed “field-of-pearl-leaves,” for it smelled like the air / in the house he built entirely of doors" Shane Book, 2015 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

BOB HEATH has been the music therapist at Sobell House Hospice in Oxford since 2004 and also lectures in music therapy at the University of the West of England. He runs a range of training courses for music therapists and health care practitioners including a number of Creative Songwriting courses with colleague Jane Lings. He continues to pursue his interest in other music therapy contexts and works regularly in community mental health and learning disability settings.

BOB HEATH has been the music therapist at Sobell House Hospice in Oxford since 2004 and also lectures in music therapy at the University of the West of England. He runs a range of training courses for music therapists and health care practitioners including a number of Creative Songwriting courses with colleague Jane Lings. He continues to pursue his interest in other music therapy contexts and works regularly in community mental health and learning disability settings.

"The tabletop and the wind / are both pure white paper./ I let my significance / happen only at home." Starting Anew as a Poet by Wang Xiaoni (translated by Eleanor Goodman) from Something Crosses My Mind (2014 Zephyr Press) http://eleanorgoodman.blogspot.ca/2013/06/starting-anew-as-poet-by-wang-xiaoni.html

"The tabletop and the wind / are both pure white paper./ I let my significance / happen only at home." Starting Anew as a Poet by Wang Xiaoni (translated by Eleanor Goodman) from Something Crosses My Mind (2014 Zephyr Press) http://eleanorgoodman.blogspot.ca/2013/06/starting-anew-as-poet-by-wang-xiaoni.html

"This city is beauty / unbreakable and amorous as eyelids, / in the streets, pressed with fierce departures, / submerged landings, / I am innocent as thresholds / and smashed night birds, lovesick, / as empty elevators" - Dionne Brand, from thirsty - Griffin Poetry Prize 2002 judge, 2003 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist, 2011 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Winner

"This city is beauty / unbreakable and amorous as eyelids, / in the streets, pressed with fierce departures, / submerged landings, / I am innocent as thresholds / and smashed night birds, lovesick, / as empty elevators" - Dionne Brand, from thirsty - Griffin Poetry Prize 2002 judge, 2003 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist, 2011 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Winner

JACKIE KAY is one of Britain’s best-known poets, appearing frequently on radio and TV programmes on poetry and culture. She has won the Signal Poetry Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and was the British Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year. She has been described by The Guardian as ranking amongst ‘the best of the genre’.  Jackie Kay is speaking at Medicine Unboxed: Frontiers.

JACKIE KAY is one of Britain’s best-known poets, appearing frequently on radio and TV programmes on poetry and culture. She has won the Signal Poetry Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and was the British Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year. She has been described by The Guardian as ranking amongst ‘the best of the genre’. Jackie Kay is speaking at Medicine Unboxed: Frontiers.

Poems on war: Carol Ann Duffy is inspired by Wilfred Owen

Poems on war: Carol Ann Duffy is inspired by Wilfred Owen

Carol Ann Duffy writes poem for Royal Philharmonic Society's bicentenary

17 Movies You Should Make Time For | WeKnowMemes

Sealing Your Commitment To a Watch - 17 movies you should make time for <--- To Do List: WATCH THESE - The custom of responding with a watch after having received the ring has been practiced since ancient times in countries like Mexico and Spain.

Geoffrey Hill: poetry should be shocking and surprising - Telegraph

Geoffrey Hill: 'poetry should be shocking and surprising'

Sometimes difficult and often very funny, Sir Geoffrey Hill – who died this week, aged 84 – was one Britain’s greatest living poets.

Schotse schrijfster Ali Smith wint Baileys Women's Prize

Happy Birthday, Ali Smith, born 24 August 1962 10 Quotes Great books are adaptable. They alter with us as we alter in life, they renew themselves as we change and re-read them at different times.

Poems on war: Jackie Kay is inspired by Siegfried Sassoon

Poems on war: Jackie Kay is inspired by Siegfried Sassoon

Jackie Kay writes "Bantam" in response to Siegfried Sassoon's "Survivors"

JO SHAPCOTT, poet, has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition. Her most recent collection, Of Mutability, was published in 2010 and won the Costa Book Award. In 2011 Jo Shapcott was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Jo is patron of Medicine Unboxed.

"You can tell, with the bald, that the air / speaks to them differently, touches their heads / with exquisite expression." Hairless by Jo Shapcott Poetry Magazine)

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