I Think I Thought I Loved You

I think I thought I loved you. I was clearly going mental, The butterflies when you walked by Were surely incidental. I think I thought you loved me too, A case of sure delusion. Besides four nights you held me tight I was but an intrusion.

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Mad Girl’s Love Song – Sylvia Plath


Sylvia Plath’s life was a short and tragic one. She committed suicide in 1963, aged just 30.   One of my favourite poems of all time was written by Plath – Mad Girl’s Love Song. Mad Girl’s Love Song – Slyvia Plath “I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my …

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Beautiful Sin

beautiful sin poem about infidelity

My Beautiful Sin I shouldn’t have ever Let this begin. My bitter sweet secret, My beautiful sin. I should have resisted That moment of bliss I shouldn’t have stolen That very first kiss. I shouldn’t have let you Look in my eyes, And honestly, silently Tempt me to lies. And now it’s too late, I’ve …

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Perre Shelton at Harold Washington College

perre shelton slam poetry

“Sooner or later, you have got to scream as loud as you can, ‘Wait, stop, no. I don’t want that to go there.’ Now that sounds something like life.” (Perre Shelton) Perre Shelton at Harold Washington College Having first seen Perre Shelton on Youtube performing Dandelion on Def Poetry, I completely fell in love with his work. …

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Billy Collins – The Dead

Billy Collins - the Dead

Billy Collins – The Dead “They are looking down, through the glass bottom boats of heaven as they row themselves slowly through eternity.” (Billy Collins) Billy Collins is an American poet who was the American Poet Laureate from 2003 to 2005. His poems are stunningly simple, unpretentious and accessible to poetry lovers of all ages …

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Kate Tempest – End Times

kate tempest end times

Kate Tempest – End Times   “Because these people wear too many faces” – Kate Tempest Slam poet, Kate Tempest, is one of the edgiest British slam poetry talents around. She uses language in an amazing way. It’s unpretentious, it’s clever and it’s real. Her performances are really what bring those words to life from …

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Thea Monyee – Woman to Woman


I’ve always been jealous of the fact the USA benefits from Def Poetry. What a show. There’s no equivalent here in the UK, unfortunately. It was while watching Def Poetry shows on Youtube that I saw this performance by Thea Monyee. It’s called Woman to Woman. It charts the story of a woman whose husband …

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Maya Angelou – Still I Rise


Maya Angelou is an amazingly talented American poet whose high profile performances have included one at Bill Clinton’s Presidential Inauguration in 1993. In 2011, Barack Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This is just one of quite literally scores of awards bestowed upon the poem, with others including a Lincoln Medal, a …

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The Bridport Poetry Prize 2012

bridport poetry prie 2012

Competition Name: The Bridport Prize Closing Date: 31st May 2012 Entry Fee: £7.00 per poem First Prize: £5000.00 cash Prize Website: http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/  The Bridport Prize is a nationally acclaimed prize with a poetry category, a short story category and a flash fiction category. It’s an annual prize with a generous prize pool. This year’s prizes are: …

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Kate Tempest – Cannibal Kids

kate tempest cannibal kids

Kate Tempest is an incredibly edgy and talented contemporary slam poet. I first came across her work when she performed as part of the BBC’s poetry season. The performance below is of a piece called ‘Cannibal Kids.’ It’s raw and real and her performance really adds a layer to the already amazing words. Sit back …

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