One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Tuesday Platform

Welcome to the Imaginary Garden ...

"Do you not see how necessary a world of Pains
and Troubles is to school an Intelligence
and make it a soul?
A Place where the heart must feel and suffer
in a thousand diverse ways!
Not merely is the Heart a Hornbook,
it is the Mind's Bible."

John Keats

Greetings to all poets, toads, travellers... Yes, this is Kerry in the garden again, after what seems like weeks adrift on a strange sea. For those who know of my travails, and who sent me so much positive energy, I thank you. Your messages of goodwill and encouragement helped me to keep afloat. The good news is that I am recovering well, though my recuperation is not yet complete.

Enough of me and over to you... As always the platform is an open forum for sharing a poem of your choice. This site is an ethereal place but the people who meet here are flesh, blood and thought. This makes us a community in the very real sense of the word, and I am eternally grateful that I am a part of it.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Weekend Mini Challenge: People and Places

Welcome to the Weekend Mini Challenge with Kim from!

In poetry we use imagery to convey moments, emotions, objects, animals, people and places. Sometimes we can convey someone’s personality through place and vice versa – place through our description of a person. I have two examples to share with you.

The first is a poem by Norman McCaig, entitled ‘Aunt Julia’, in which the poet’s memories of his aunt become blurred with the place in which she lived. It can be found by following the link:  

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The second is ’Island Man’ by Grace Nichols, which uses the state of waking to convey the confusion of a man who is not where he wants to be. Here’s a link to an interview that ends with Grace Nichols reading the poem:

Today’s challenge is to write about a place through a person or a person through a place. Link your new poem to Mr Linky.  I look forward meeting your relatives and friends, real and fictional!