Nigel Kent responds to John McCullough’s prompt to write a poem using stationery as a metaphor. For a chance to be featured, send poems inspired by one of the prompts on the podcast here.
We are the pencil boys not the posh propelling ones but the shitty bookie’s kind you find on our estate.
We never bring pens to lessons yet our teachers don’t lend us theirs: they think ink’s too permanent and pencil’s easily rubbed out.
Pushcart Prize nominated poet, Nigel Kent, has been shortlisted for several national competitions and his poetry has appeared in a wide range of anthologies and magazines. In 2019 Hedgehog Poetry Press published his first collection, ‘Saudade’, following the success of his poetry conversations with Sarah Thomson, ‘Thinking You Home’ and ‘A Hostile Environment’. In August of this year Hedgehog Poetry Press published his pamphlet, ‘Psychopathogen’. Website: www.nigelkentpoet.wordpress.com Twitter @kent_nj
Jonathan Davidson has been writing poetry for 30 years. He also likes to read other people’s poems for entertainment and inspiration and share the joy they bring. His latest book a Common Place is more than just a poetry collection. It contains favourite poems by other poets, a commentary, gazetteer and lots and lots of footnotes.
In this interview Jonathan talks with passion about poetry and his other interests including apples and bricks. He is generous with his advice from his long writing career.
The podcast is in two parts. In the first Jonathan talks about one poem from the book Printing. He explains the background and his writing process and invites listeners to take inspiration from other technological processes: “Identify a technological process – it could be ancient like windmills or recent like open heart surgery – and write a poem in response to this process but about your own life.”
Jonathan recommends learning about the process you’ve chosen and the language around it and build some of this language and knowledge into your poem.
In the second part Jonathan talks about A Common Place and why he chose to break with convention to produce a poetry collection with various other bits added in. He also shares a couple more poems from the book.
As always it would be great to read the technological poems you write and share them on the blog or podcast. Please submit them here.
You can find out more about Jonathan Davidson via the link below and you can buy A Common Place here.
Jonathan Davidson is the next guest on the podcast sharing poems from his latest book, A Common Place. It is a collection of Jonathan’s poetry and much more. There is a commentary, a selection of influential poems by other poets, a gazetteer with all the places mentioned in the book and footnotes – a lot of footnotes!
You can find out why Jonathan chose to publish in this unusual format on the podcast as well as hearing a few poems. He will also be offering valuable advice and inspiration from a writing career of more than 30 years.
I walked with my invisible father out into the fields on the edge of town. But they are gone now: new roads, new names, new people.
Dad, stay here for a while, I said, and I’ll go and find out what has happened to our lives. He sat on the newly installed bench.
And when I returned, furnished with stories of change, I found him utterly dead, his cold eyes on the cold world closed. So
many years he had lived here and then this: his roads re-named, his fields built over, his people now coming into view as strangers.
By Jonathan Davidson, from A Commonplace (Smith|Doorstop, 2020)