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UK Blog Poet Ivor Griffiths

UK Blog Poet Ivor Griffiths
Modern English Poetry by Ivor Griffiths. Academic essays and short fiction.
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?Ted? a poem by Ivor Griffiths 2007
2008-06-15 18:44:00
Ted Quark stood with shoulders broken like cracked paving slabs, crumbling. He twitched and wobbled with worry, sweating with strife.The crowd?s surge like a river of mud, smelling of rot and disease. Quark stood amongst the midden, shifty looking, eyes darting like swallows or the flick of a Tiger’s tail. He mouthed a word; a deaf mute’s mewl:“Quark” People swarmed around him, blank-eyed and symbiotic, grey and ...
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Today is the Greatest Day
2008-03-12 14:00:00
Today is the Greatest Day 22/7 = Pi Neon light bounces — on fragile bronze towers; dazzling yellow-white light — drenching cold sap-swollen trees, like warm honey dripping through fragrant warm half-light unfolding leaves and erasing the streetlight. Seven Sticks Burnt Rolling beneath gilded temple-spires of commerce and traders in his Deities’ guns. Curled, like a caterpillar, snug and cocooned in a rug, wrapped in newspapers: ...
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Rachel & Mark
2008-03-05 23:32:00
Remember what I said in the car? Remember what I said? If you don’t see me it isn’t because I don’t want to see you. I’ve been to Court and everything. Don’t believe anyone who says I don’t want to see you. They’re liars. And they are. DAD
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
2008-02-23 22:06:00
Willie Loman lives the American Dream and wishes to foist it upon his son Biff. It is a complex and surreal tale, of life, death and betrayal, of paternal love and fraternal loyalty, the shallowness of business and the depth of true friendship. A modern day tragedy that is as relevant today as the day ...
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How to Write a Novel & Short Story - Suspense
2008-02-21 01:16:00
How to write a Novel & Short Story - Part Four Suspense , or Keeping the Reader Reading. ?We do our best to paralyze the reader - freeze him to the book. All quivering helplessness, he waits to see what is going to happen next.?            William Foster-Harris, The Basic Formulas of The Story (1944) Norman:Univeristy of ...
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Characterisation - Inducing the Fictive Dream
2008-02-21 00:24:00
Writing a Novel or Short Story - Part Three James Frey says that “A transported reader is dreaming the fictive dream.” He supports this idea by quoting John Gardner, in The Art of Fiction (1984), in which he argues that “this [the fictive dream], no matter the genre, is the way fiction does its work.” ...
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The Premise of a Novel, or Short Story.
2008-02-20 23:16:00
How to write a Novel and Short Story Part II The Premise and Characterisation There are, for Frey, three kinds of premise: · The Chain Reaction Premise · The Opposing Forces Premise · The Situational Premise The chain reaction premise involves the protagonist being caught up in an event, or happening, that is then followed by a chain of events ...
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How to Write a Novel & Short Story
2008-02-19 00:49:00
This essay considers the correct approach to writing a novel. Whilst limited to novel writing, the ideas of characterisation, premise and scene development are also applicable, to varying degrees, to short stories; the views and suggestions of Sol Stein and James N. Frey, in their respective publications: Solutions for Novelists, and How to Write a ...
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Dog Day Dreaming
2008-02-17 23:02:00
It?s weird. I woke up about twelve o?clock, the brightness of the curtains woke me, I squinted against the filtered sunlight, trying to hold back the sleep and linger in my dream. It was a good one, and Technicolor, so I didn?t want to leave. I?d been walking my dog, not while I was asleep, no, ...
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Short Stories, Franz Kafka, ?In the Penal Settlement?, and ?The Giant Mole?
2008-02-15 22:32:00
In the Penal Settlement is the first in the series of stories in this collection that considers more than one character in any depth. The explorer, the officer, the soldier and the condemned all undergo a transformation as the story unfolds; told in third person, limited to the explorer, the story evolves as the penal ...
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I think I?m thinking. Therefore, I think I?m here.
2008-02-14 22:33:00
This idea finds its origin in the writing of Descartes. Rene Descartes’ Discourse on the Method of Rightly conducting Reason and reaching the Truth in the Sciences is a Philosophical work that contains, in part four, his most famous statement, “I think therefore I am.”   Descartes is considered to be one of the main architects of ...
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The Burrow and Investigations of a Dog, Short Stories by Franz Kafka
2008-02-14 21:28:00
Kafka continues the anthropomorphic metaphor to consider the life of a solitary mammalian predator; a predator that is large enough to consider a rat easy pray. The character begins to describe, from the first person point of view, his life. He paints a finely detailed picture of underground dwelling, the voice of the narrator is ...
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Franz Kafka Metamorphosis, Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep, Toni Morrison et
2008-02-14 11:37:00
Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep , Toni Morrison ’s Tar Baby, Song of Solomon, and Paradise are the books I have been reading since my last post. I have enthusiastically taken on board Ray Bradbury’s advice that one must read to write. I love to read so much that the writing ...
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Literary Agent UK
2007-12-13 23:54:00
This seems like an agency worth a shot. At least there is no reading fee. ary-agent/literary-agency.htm
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Short Story Competition
2007-12-13 23:50:00
Short Story Competition   Entry Fee: £10 per story Status: Unpublished Word Count: Maximum 2500 words  Deadline: Midnight on Monday 14th January 2008  Prizes: £2,500, £1,000 & £500 plus publication UK Poet
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Novel Competition
2007-12-13 23:48:00
Friday 29th February 2008 is the deadline for our Novel Competition which will be held once every four years. titions/novel-competition.htm 2 years to complete it, editorial support, 150 copies, ISBN number. £20.oo entry fee. Ivor Griffiths Blog Poet UK
2007-12-13 21:36:00
Managing The copers manage the damaged – by hand, deftly; coping and hoping it won’t rain, not today anyway, me cat’s being buried today he is: got squashed by a car. We pried him loose from the wheel arch with a pointy stick. His eye fell out, a black hole, a purpled star, like it was cauterized. I cried when my cat died. I did. Ivor Griffiths ...
McCanns Refuse Lie Detector Test
2007-12-06 00:05:00
I suggested that they do this some time ago. What better way to clear one’s name? Of course I am not suggesting they are guilty or that they are anything but distraught parents innocent of any wrong doing. To do otherwise would result in litigation. The treatment of them is in marked contrast to the ...
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Back at last
2007-12-05 23:54:00
I made the mistake of hosting with Dotster. Their servers got hacked by phishers and they couldn’t get it working again. Had to call in outside help. After three weeks offline the best they could do was tarball up my sites and databases. Even this was done reluctantly as they did not want to admit ...
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Philosophical Theories: Existential or Postmodern?
2007-11-04 20:15:00
Existentialism argues against the idea that the only reality we can be certain of is our own consciousness. Existentialism asserts that as conscious beings humans will always find themselves in a world with a prior context and history. This is received by the consciousness: humans cannot think away that world, it is inextricably linked to consciousness. Only ...
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Flash Fiction and Narrative Prose Poetry Writing Exercise
2007-11-04 18:44:00
Flash Fiction Techniques This writing exercise will help you create flash fiction, scenes or narrative prose poetry. As with all writing exercises take from it that which helps and discard the rest. If you work through the process as is the first time I think you?ll be pleased with the result. Create a Setting: Write down eight ...
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Six Sentences
2007-10-24 23:13:00
I came across a good site that accepts prose submissions some of which are published on the site. I submitted a piece and It’s going to be published on the 6th December 2007. The website address is   The site is called six sentences. The the idea is to write, in no more than six sentences, a prose piece. Poetry ...
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Wolf read by Ivor Griffiths
2007-10-19 15:50:00
I have recorded my last two poems. Just click the links below to listen. Hope you enjoy them. “Wolf ” by Ivor Griffiths 2007 “Pussy” by Ivor Griffiths 2007
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The Music of Chance by Paul Auster
2007-10-19 14:25:00
This is a chapter by chapter consideration of The Music of Chan ce by Paul Auster. I haven’t quite finished it yet and will be adding references and a bibliography in due course.   Point of view: Third Person Limited Main Character: Nashe Themes: death, loss, fatherhood, identity, chance, coincidence, isolation and control. Portrayal of women: one is a kindhearted ...
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Paul Auster - Travels in the Scriptorium
2007-10-07 22:23:00
I’ve just finished reading Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster. It continues with the characters first encountered in City of Glass. The hero is Mr. Blank and, like Daniel Quinn, he has identity issues. As in Auster’s other postmodern works there is an examination of time and space together with a meta-narrative. He uses the idea of labelling to consider the semiotics ...
Writing Competitions
2007-10-01 14:40:00
Writing Competitions & Submission Deadlines Fish Publishing - Short Story Competition - 5000 words max - 30th November 2007 - 20 euros; online submissions only. First prize: 2,500.00 euros.  The South Poetry Magazine - Poetry Submissions - 3 poems max - Deadline 30th November 2007
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Your Writing Reviewed
2007-09-24 15:03:00
Get a review of your work. As a qualified lecturer, writer, and published Poet I am ideally suited to review your work honestly and objectively. If you would like feedback for an assignment you are doing at college, or a piece of work you wish to submit you need a review. It doesn’t matter how many times ...
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Suited Connectors by Ivor Griffiths 2007
2007-09-23 16:11:00
Suited Connectors fluttered in woodsmoke as he sat hunched before the eye imagining her pose on a buttoned leather chair cloaked by shade in their chalk white alcove.
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In the style of Austerian cleverness
2007-09-23 05:03:00
In the style of Austerian cleverness he’s fondling cards outside the flat backed bar. He’s a mottled sheepskin coat his yellowed fingers curl to white. When he imagines the twist of her: the inkling is uneven, like tarmac steam in the rain.
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Writing Circle
2007-09-23 02:34:00
Writing Forums If you like to write creatively it?s likely you will also want to have people read your work. The best way to do this, and the easiest, is on the internet. There are loads of forums for writers. In fact I?m creating one myself at  If you join up you can submit poetry and ...
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