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July 09, 2010

Poetry's Reasons

poetryProfessor David Morley presents the last podcast in our series of Poetry Challenges. This episode is called Poetry's Reasons and it's about how and why we write poems.

Prof Morley challenges you with two small exercises that attempt to remind the writer how individual and strange our relationship with words and language is, and how a writer's personal reading, listening and writing are intimately linked within any poem.

Don't be shy about sharing your responses to this poetry challenge here on the blog where others will be able to appreciate them.

To finish the series Prof Morley shares a poem that he has recently written, You Were Broken, listen to the podcast to hear him reciting it.

You Were Broken

The amazed, massing shade
for the glacial valley, made
from a single araucaria
that smashed its way
by micrometers of birth-push
under five centuries of dusks
of carbon dioxide and rainfall
against its unrolled, harbouring roots;

and the roots took the rocks in their arms
and placed them, magically,
like stone children, about itself
as it unfolded its fabulous tale:
of the wood heart mourned to flint
by slow labour and loneliness,
by whatit could not reach, yet see
at distance, and of the sound of that sea,
and of the cruel brightness

of butterflies and grasses,
foreknowledge of their brevity,
of a heard stream, overhearing
prints of otters on its plane stones,
gold wagtails sprying over
the gravel and shallows of courtship;
of orange blames of gall-wasps, honey fungus,
the watch-turning of tree-creepers;
of blights of summer lightning,

of fire damage and that dark
year's mark worn secretly,
a ring, forged inside a ring;
then the winter's coronation closing
in a swaying crown of redwings,
cones, drab diagonals of pine-fall,
the lead winds hardening, and while
the stone children wept with rain
the great tree sheltered them.

David Morley


June 11, 2010

Playing Tennis with the Nets Down

tennisballProfessor David Morley presents the seventh Poetry Challenge "in which we play with language and make it into toys and little machines called poems". This episode is about finding ways to create free verse without ignoring the fact that free verse is also a form of poetry.

Prof Morley challenges you to write two poems in free verse using repeated phrases to pattern your poem: "I wish that..." and "I curse you with...".

Don't be shy about sharing your responses to this poetry challenge here on the blog where others will be able to appreciate them.



June 04, 2010

The Water Measurer

splashProfessor David Morley presents the sixth Poetry Challenge "in which we splash about in nouns before going deeper and learning to swim with verbs". This episode is about finding forms and shapes for your poems and challenges you to explore pantoums, sonnets and villanelles.

Don't be shy about sharing your responses to this poetry challenge here on the blog where others will be able to appreciate them.



May 21, 2010

What is Important is More Important than the Important

butterflyProfessor David Morley presents the fourth Poetry Challenge "in which we plunge into the woods of poetry, make up magical tales and songs, and leave before dawn with our poems in baskets." This episode is about creating poems that live and making our own small truths.

Don't be shy about sharing your responses to this poetry challenge here on the blog where others will be able to appreciate them.




May 13, 2010

Mirrors to Nature

Mirrors to NatureProfessor David Morley presents the third Poetry Challenge "in which we begin listening more clearly to the poet in ourselves." In this episode Prof Morley asks "Where is the truth of the self? Is it located in the observer or the observed, or in the act of observation or the act of observing?".

Don't be shy about sharing your responses to this poetry challenge here on the blog where others will be able to appreciate them.




May 07, 2010

Sky–Candles and Whale–Roads

candles_1.jpgProfessor David Morley presents the second Poetry Challenge "in which we light up language and warm our minds before a fire of words." This episode is all about magical ways to shape language and poems with a challenge to create some kennings and use them in short poems or haiku.

Don't be shy about sharing your responses to this poetry challenge here on the blog where others will be able to appreciate them and Professor Morley will make an appearance from time to time.



April 30, 2010

What is the Secret of Poetry?

Professor David Morley welcomes you to the first Poetry Challenge "in which we plunge into the woods of poetry weaving magical tales behind us, and leave before dawn with our poems gathered in our arms."

Don't be shy about sharing your responses to this poetry challenge here on the blog where others will be able to appreciate them and Professor Morley will make an appearance from time to time.



April 23, 2010

Welcome Back to Warwick Challenges!

david_morley.jpgIn the last series of challenges we invited you to take part in Professor Ian Stewart's Monday Maths Challenge. This time we have something a little different for you all...

Starting on Friday 30 April we invite you to take part in the Friday Poetry Challenge from Professor David Morley.

Each Friday for the next 12 weeks we will set a new challenge in the form of a podcast workshop. Professor David Morley will explore the wonderful word-world of poetry, share some of his own poems and challenge you to find the poet within you.

The challenges will be published here on the Warwick Challenges blog and on the University Twitter account (@warwickuni). To be the first to hear about each new challenge, follow us on Twitter and don't forget to use the #warwickchallenges hashtag.

Don't be shy about sharing your responses to the poetry challenges here on the blog where others will be able to appreciate them and Professor Morley will make an appearance from time to time.

If you want a taster of what to expect, visit Professor David Morley's blog or try our previous series of Writing Challenges.

We hope you enjoy the mini-challenges and if you have ideas for future challenges, please let us know by emailing us directly using the 'Contact Me' link at the top of the page.


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