Poetry

Mine, and occasionally others'.

This Table Is Reserved

This table is reserved for The Poetry
for this pub and for all who sail on it
A villanelle, pantoum or ballad
or free verse, sestina or sonnet

It's not for a hen night or party
but for words that take note of the times
It's not trying to sell you a dinner
it is ticking out meter and rhyme

DMWs at Spoken Word Paris

28/05/2018 - 20:30

The Disaffected Middle-aged Women head across the Channel, as Janine returns to the legendary Spoken Word Paris. She will be the guest poet at the French capital's long-running poetry, music and open mic night. 

Venue: Au Chat Noir, 76, rue Jean Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris
Métro Parmentier/Couronnes

DMWs at Gedling Labour Party

10/06/2018 - 19:00

Janine performs in Netherfield, Nottinghamshire at a Gedling Labour Party event celebrating women.

As well as two 20-minute poetry sets from Janine, there will be local women performers and speakers. 

Full details to follow.

Product Displacement

I peeled back the adverts and found
a beautiful town

Waiting at the bus stop
I stilled the rotating displays
and pasted timetables and useful information
in their place

I restored all the lamp posts
to their role as posts bearing lamps
rather than gallows
from which buy-me banners hang

The Subaltern's Swansong

- a rewrite of John Betjeman's The Subaltern's Love Song 

Young Duncan H Dunn was the subaltern's son
Born then withdrawn when the courting was won
Conceived in the back of the subaltern's car
His dad had not planned on it going so far

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