I wandered lonely as a cloud: could you be the next great nature poet?

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Trying to decide how to progress with my writing, I have been milling around the internet and I found the above competition.  In order to get in the mood for nature, I checked out Mr Wordsworth.  The great lyric poem remains an inspiration for nature poets.  It may not be ‘of our time’ but I believe it is always worth going back to move forward (see my poem Evolution!)

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth 1807
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Real New Year’s resolutions that support a climate for writing

Pic: William Woo

New Year on my mind

Never mind Christmas, I have already gone beyond that to my New Year’s Resolutions!  Yes, already.  Have you decided what yours will be yet or do you decide last minute?  Does anyone stick to them anyway?

Maybe a little predictable, but I want to make healthier choices.

Yes, I need to lose weight (sitting around writing these last few months has let me pile on several pounds, if not a few more), I need to ditch the chocolate and the savoury snacks.  I need to stop baking cookies!  I need to fill up the fruit bowl with fruit instead of pens and pencils, old screws and paper clips that I found on the floor.  I need to dust off my gym membership and have a swim once in a while, well, ok, at least 3 times a week.

Guilt free working

But another one of my healthier choices is choosing guilt-free writing.  I am writing now, and more regularly than ever but I always feel guilty about leaving the dishwasher empty, not vacuuming the carpets, not cleaning the bathroom and on and on….

But from January 1st, the guilt is going!  It will be no more.

I think it is about getting organised too.  It would make sense to actually timetable my day so that I can fit in the things that I want to do (read, write, research) and those I have to do (housework).  Otherwise, I spend hours on the laptop, drifting idly from one google search to the next.  And then it is time to cook lunch or dinner and then time to settle down in the evening.   And under my belt, a day in which I felt that I accomplished very little.

And whilst I timetable in my own writing, I also need to make time for things that would be beneficial to my writing; I told you that I recently joined a writing circle.  I think that I would like to add a book club to that too, if I can find one.

A useful little something

And, in one of my idle searches, I found this:


With a venue in London, this organisation holds day, evening and Saturday courses as well as workshops and talks.

The Poetry School was founded in 1997 by three poets – Mimi Khalvati, Jane Duran and Pascale Petit with the aim of providing structured, high quality teaching programmes for adults to develop their poetry from its beginnings through to advanced level. Originating in London, the Poetry School has grown into the only major national organisation whose sole focus is teaching the art of writing poetry. With established teaching centres throughout England as well as online courses and downloadable courses and activities, the Poetry School is unique in its ability to reach and develop aspiring poets wherever they may be.

from the website http://www.poetryschool.com/about/

Register on this site for a range of useful information and contacts.  I have only just started to explore the site, but it looks very interesting!  Lots to think about!  And definitely one to add to the ‘to do’ list!

If you have a New Year’s resolution, let me know.  I would love to hear about them and to know if you end up keeping them!