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8 January 2013

Out Write poetry anthology cover with outline of a body against a red and yellow background

Out Write poetry anthology cover

The Norwich Pride writing group present a new anthology  edited by UNESCO City of Literature Pride Poet Laureate, Vince Laws

OUT WRITE has been designed by Alexandra Blythe, with contributions from over a dozen new and experienced voices, featuring visual poetry, collage poetry, painted text and carefully considered text on the page.

Below is a small selection of poems from the anthology, which use wit and wisdom to express reflections on a diverse range of human experience.

The dazzlingly colourful OUT WRITE poetry anthology is now available. The book features 32 pages of poetry, prose and images from the Norwich Pride writing group, 8 pages in full colour, and a full colour A5 cover - all for £5 plus £1 P+P!

Order copies direct from Vince Laws on Facebook or vincelaws@gmail.com

Solstice Thorn

This one rose I hold.
Blood falls onto the snow
and your petals spill
around my feet.

This one garland
I gather,
into a deep breath

and send to you this midwinter -

I miss you.

JoJo Foster

Labels

MOTHER              Some days
TRANS                 I like labels.
TEACHER            They define,
BIPOLAR              Give purpose,
LESBIAN               Comfort,
WIFE                     Include.

CRETIN                 Other days,
PARANOID            When my soul refuses to be squeezed into the space provided,
LOVER                   I want to smudge each letter,
OCD                       Ruffle the boundaries,
DAUGHTER          Turn my labels into a blurred mess,
BORDERLINE       Like a charcoal drawing brought home by a school-child.
BORDERLINE       Ill-defined.
DISORDERED      Harder to understand.

Mark R.H.

One of those days

It was one of those Prozac days
A trip to happy valley with neon lights flashing
You can cope with pharmacopoeia
This was somehow better
Than a long weekend in Maida Vale

It was one of those wrist slashing days
Watching the razor cut into the vein
Just slow enough to make the teeth grit
Observing your blood turn from blue to red
Drip drip dripping down your arm staining your fingertips
This was somehow better
Than a three hour car journey
It was one of those 48 sleeping pills days
So you could dream-sleep until dead
Vomit all over yourself
And someone else would clean it up
This was somehow better
Than having to plan the route

It was one of those walk into the sea and drown days
Your hair floating in the seaweed
Lungs filling until exploding
Crabs and fishes exploring your crevices
This was somehow better
Than packing lunch for the trip
It was one of those burn yourself with a cigarette days
Sucking greedily on the filter to make it burn hotter
The tip sizzling into your flesh
Reminding you of last month’s barbecue
This was somehow better
Than wondering what to wear

Tabitha van der Does

I am vitality

Rejoicer in life - its essence.
Spring’s elixir rises, celebrating positivity.
Platonically flawed like Athenian cracies.
Winged phoenix of trust. Delighting in truth.
Elated by the journey. Despite its inevitabilities.
I am 'Her' MacNiece’s muse:
"Alive beyond question,"
"The dazzle on the sea,"
"The fuge that keeps moving":
Vitality.

Ali Ransom

Comments

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9 June 2013

your film brought tears to my eyes cool,good for you trying to make disability liveable cool. ive been trying with stroke victims in northern ireland im send you my web adress and blog so heres to art and dignity

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18 January 2013

OUT NOW! The dazzlingly colourful OUT WRITE poetry anthology is now available – 32 pages of poetry, prose and images from the Norwich Pride writing group, 8 pages in full colour, and a full colour A5 cover - all for a very accessible £5!*

Brilliant Thanks for the book Vince. Love it - especially the visual poems.

Colin Hambrook, Editor, Disability Arts Online

The OUT WRITE anthology has been edited by England’s only UNESCO City of Literature Pride Poet Laureate, Vince Laws, with design by Alexandra Blythe, and contributions from over a dozen new and experienced voices. The anthology features visual poetry, collage poetry, painted text and carefully considered text on the page.

You can hear Vince and 4 of the Out Write poets reading work on Pride Live on Future Radio on 14 January 2013 here http://bit.ly/WJiyiZ

Available to buy online here for £6.25: http://tinyurl.com/vincelaws

Vince Laws

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17 January 2013

Hello Halle, you can buy a copy here:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200879242956

i've facilitated various groups, using images and words to collage poems, or string random words together, or cutting words out of magazines and creating concrete DaDaist haikus, carefully counting the syllables without worrrying about the sense.... and then you read them and theres somehow a sense... an idea, an emotion...

my website is www.iamapoem.com... you might find work on there that interests you. all the best, Vince

Halle O\'Falvey

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15 January 2013

I work with adults with developmental disabilities in the USA, St Paul, Minnesota. I have done visual art with a group that are leaders in their community. I have included some poetry, as art and literacy.

I am also working on a Master's Degree in Integrated Arts Education. My students are the adults with disabilities, plus, I want to use art in my community organizing events.

The idea of visual poetry, collage poetry, painted text and carefully considered text on the page, have never occurred to me. In March and April our credits will be The Language of Poetry.

I would like to explore what you are doing. It looks and the poems are very exciting.

I am interested in buying 'Out Write'

Halle O'Falvey

Rachael Woodgate

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13 January 2013

'One of those days' is as powerful and REAL as it gets!! 'Labels' is simply, CLEVER. Thank you for sharing.

Ann Nicholls

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13 January 2013

Very powerful stuff. I could see 'Solstice Thorn' being used in funeral tributes.

I hope the Anthology is going to be made widely available.

Sam Collins

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9 January 2013

Intense, shocking poetry.

Steve Smith

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9 January 2013

It was one of those peek inside someone else's mind days

Your pain erased somewhat by their's

Thinking if they can get through their shit

I can get through mine

Dugald Ferguson

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9 January 2013

Poems written with passion. Of these four, much as i enjoyed all of them, the ones that speak most strongly to me are the first short poem, Solstice Thom, which conjures rich winter images and the visceral One of those days.

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