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A life long lover of words, picking up my pen. It’s a joy reading so many others work on here. To feel moments of connection with others through poetry feels more precious than ever.

  May 2024     21 hours ago

Submitted Poems 3 total


In pamphlet Glass is Sand at Ronchini Gallery London UK London June - September 2024. Please contact me if you would like to...

by Ben Ridley

added 15 days ago

The worst progress comes in bursts -
Awakens like bitter curds an
Appetite for fossiled ferns

Forging’s easy - needs only miracles -
Water A Little Dark Sodium Lamp -

You’ll see fire dance, yellow...

by Ben Ridley

added 15 days ago
Lapis L’Azzuri

In pamphlet Glass is Sand (Ronchini Gallery, London, UK. June - September...

by Ben Ridley

added 1 month ago

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Latest Comments: 7 total
Thanks! Really appreciate your comment. I look forward to getting back into reading others and writing on here soon.

1 day ago

This made me laugh :) It was up here till very recently, I am just on a break of showing it online and didn’t know how to hide it temporarily. Hope all is well with you.

3 days ago

One of many deeply learned and considered poems I’ve been reading of yours, Karl. The subject and your response in metre particularly interesting to read.

9 days ago

It shows. So interesting, I see now it has a clear vision and came more spontaneously at first than in a planned way! This could be the poem read to a group at night by the fire during a longer saga tale in my imagination.

A great love to have of Pacific Northwest - can’t help but think you have developed a strong heroic voice for your poem, look forward to reading more of your work on here.

14 days ago

Hi Chris, this one really was so enjoyable to read and for me the rhymes and rhythms really worked effectively to match the tale as you unfolded it. No mean feat with the meter as well.

On that note, a poet’s question if you’ll entertain the curiosity I have: did you set out to write it in that octameter or did the octameter call to you once you’d started composing the poem? As someone interested to think about how we compose poems and to what extent we do so in feeling/ instinct versus (not excluding) with careful plotting of our lines and verses. It depends perhaps! 

14 days ago

this is not bad for a bot, can you comment in such a way that I know you’re human?

15 days ago

Gaza, From Far Away evoked in me the most clearest and most original reaction of the month's submissions. It held a powerful comparison of two conflicts together in my mind without passing simple judgement, it seemed to speak poetically but from experience. 

15 days ago


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