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Dr Alistair Brown | Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Two New Poems

Monday, December 18, 2006

My poetry writing has dropped off over the last couple of years. Partly, this is because I am no longer immersed in it, as I was as an undergraduate. Without the training in slow-paced appreciation poetry reading brings, and without the subconscious cues of rhythm working in the back of my mind through the day, I seem not to have the same impulse to spend a patient hour, two hours writing. I can't remember precisely when I wrote the last poem published on this site, "The Spaceman," but it must be over a year ago now.

So I am happy that today, suffering from a bout of endoftermitis, and not feeling inspired to do my conventional work, I decided to revisit a couple of poems I had half-written in the last twelve months. And after sitting down to them properly, I think I have them in a state where they can go online, for your comments and advice. As I have said, I don't necessarily like discussing the origins for my poems, except where this discussion forces me to interrogate and understand my motivations and execution of ideas, so I do not want to say anything more about the two here. Instead, in classic exam style, please read and discuss "Pass Over" and "Radio Ga Ga" now!

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