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My current poetry blog, started in February 2018.
My previous poetry blog, started in March 2006 and discontinued in February 2018 when Blogger got a glitch I couldn't fix. It was easier to keep this one as an archive and start something new.

Sketches
Short poems about those who make an impact on me – from the close and intimate to complete strangers, and even some other-worldly beings – in the same number of words as my age at the time of writing.
A UK writer called Satya Robyn conceived a method of (short pieces of) mindful writing and asked people all over the world to join her on doing one a day in January 2011, which many did – but, with advance notice, I began in December 2010. Satya imagined a 'river of small stones', hence my blog title. (She asked people to create a blog specifically for their small stones and nothing else.) Like many others around the world, I've continued ever since, sometimes daily but more often occasionally. It's a great way to get going again if ever I experience writer's block – putting one's attention outside oneself.  As I am primarily a poet, most of mine are in verse.
A year of writing renga – linked poems – with Helen Patrice (whose idea it was), Jennie Fraine and Michele Alter Brenton. We plan to turn it into a book as soon as any of us can find the time. Meanwhile, here are what we think are some of our very best poems.


Communities I coordinate:

Poets and Storytellers United

A community of blogging poets who also branch out into prose and share their work and passions with each other.

Haiku on Friday
Originally a MySpace group; on facebook a long time now.


Tanka on Tuesday
As for HoF.

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