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Frank E Gibbard
England

E-mail Address: frank.gibbard@fsmail.net
Please include the word 'POETRY' in the subject line of any email you send.


Why write poetry, Poet?

It is enjoyable to do and fixes some ideas and passions of the moment that can be returned to in future as a sort of reservoir of thought, ideology and emotions. Like every writer I am sure one seeks the approval of others too and any praise is good for the ego.

How did you get started writing poetry?

As a task at grammar school that turned from a chore to a pleasure and my first publication in the yearly mag. only encouraged my scribbling, as did the English teacher editor.

Who were your influences?

Well I don't know about the influence of the greats I have admired, but their inspiration has encouraged my modest efforts. The usual suspects list: Shakespeare, Blake, Donne, Yeats, Wilde, for a kick-off and personal faves Dylan, Spike Milligan and lastly but not least Spike Milligan (great serious stuff for one so comic).

Examples of Poetry

  1. A LEXICON OF CREATURES
     
  2. An Apple, a Day
     
  3. Anne Frank's Diary
     
  4. Apres The Fox
     
  5. Ars Longa Vita Brevis
     
  6. Back To The Past
     
  7. BUTCHER OF WHITECHAPEL
     
  8. Debt Owed to Africa
     
  9. Dr Barnardo
     
  10. Dream World
     
  11. ICON
     
  12. In Fields They Lay
     
  13. Innocence and Experience
     
  14. Is it ignoble to chase the fox?
     
  15. Jazz Revival
     
  16. Jazz Revival In New Orleans
     
  17. Kew Bridge
     
  18. L.A. LIMERICK
     
  19. Legal Alien
     
  20. Lighthouse
     
  21. Lost Innocence
     
  22. Love of a Life
     
  23. Malapresident
     
  24. No Feedback On A Poem
  1. Ode to Better Days
     
  2. ONE DAY OUT WEST
     
  3. Our Lives are Different
     
  4. P is for Porcupine
     
  5. Piracy on the High Road
     
  6. Plea
     
  7. Plea for the Noble Fox
     
  8. Poetic Comings and Goings
     
  9. Poetic Heaven
     
  10. Recruitment Ad.
     
  11. Reflection on the Taj Mahal
     
  12. REMEMBER REMEMBER
     
  13. Respect to McGonagall
     
  14. Rocketing Achievement
     
  15. Snowman's Land
     
  16. Tale of a Store Santa
     
  17. The Journey
     
  18. The Open Gate
     
  19. The Penlee Lifeboat Tragedy
     
  20. THEY MUST BE BLIND
     
  21. Through a Suburban Eye Darkly
     
  22. Times Recollected
     
  23. What Arthur Miller Knew
     
  24. With a little help from the Bard

Examples of Songs

  1. A Trader's Carol
     
  2. New Anthem for Britain
     
  3. Rhapsody not Rap

Who are the Scots?

James Keir Hardie (1856 - 1915) Radical Socialist. A miner who became a founder of the British Labour Party.





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