1. Auguries of Indolence

    To see the world as a grain of sand
    And the tedium of the flower,
    To have infinite distraction right at hand
    but feel an eternity in an hour.

    3 weeks ago

  2. Words are tenacious. Dangerous. Often the words stay while the feelings fall away.

    3 weeks ago

  3. Uncovering Hidden Meaning in Conversation by Noticing Grammar

    Imagine someone says “I live with my parents” and another says “I’m living with my parents”. At first blush they seem to be two equally acceptable ways of saying the same thing: that the speaker currently lives with their parents. However, knowledge of the grammatical distinctions between these two ways of saying it can reveal extra information about the speaker’s meaning that they perhaps did not intend to show. “I live” is in present simple tense, whilst “I’m living” is in present continuous tense. This may seem a purely academic (and boring) distinction, but each tense actually has different distinct uses and the competent user of English will subconsciously select the one most appropriate for their situation. By analysing the likely reasons for their choice we can infer more information from their statement than the individual words suggest.

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    1 month ago

  4. Those with low self-esteem generally denigrate their ability to do most things, except their ability to judge themselves fairly, which is, ironically, usually the thing they’re worst at.

    1 month ago

  5. Here’s a video I recorded of myself reading one of my spoken-word poems for an online charity slam.

    1 month ago

  6. Here’s a recording of a radio short I wrote. No comments about bad acting please.

    1 month ago

  7. "I’d give anything
    for England to draw right now”
    my father said
    as we were losing 2-1 to Italy.
    And I imagined the look
    on my mother’s face later that night
    as he presented her with the contract
    drawn up by the Devil himself
    (who was listening in from behind the sofa).
    There, signed in blood, would be
    my father’s hasty scrawl,
    with me packing a bag
    trying to think how many socks I’d need
    for an eternity in hellfire
    while the TV flashed
    the triumphant words: 2-2.

    1 month ago

  8. Not understanding its conventions, its common forms, its regular patterns, to me a football match is an abstract dance, a piece of avant-garde performance art. Thoughts without content are empty, but intuitions without concepts are blind.

    1 month ago

  9. The Hours

    The hours between 9 and about half three
    ebb slow like flow of tide of the sea
    But the hours between 5 and 10 drain away
    like a well-earned drink after another long day.

    1 month ago

  10. Homer

    Not much is known about Homer
    the Greek poet,
    whose name was highjacked
    by a yellow drawing.
    I once read
    that the only thing we know
    is that he was blind,
    but even that
    might not be true.
    Where he lived
    we’re not quite sure,
    or the date that he was born,
    or if, indeed,
    he lived at all.

    1 month ago