Alrighty!! I’ve decided to try my hand at the art of “blogging”. To do this, I am introducing a section called “… and sh!t“. First time round, so it’ll be a learning experience for all of us ;-).
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If you are looking for a particular area of work, the main poetry collections are presented as a symphony in three parts:
distinguishing Miles from Coltrane – a collection of work exploring topics that were and are, of significant interest and relevance to my personal growth.
tribute – a collection of work written for and/or about specific individuals.
theories and suspicions – a collection of work looking at more general subject matter.
Some of the pieces raise further contemplation for me and these are discussed in afterwords that follow the piece.
sick.note: A series of pieces discussing issues around my ongoing ill health.
gone fishin’: A selection of pieces I have written on, or about my travels.
mightwar is pleased to present 2 new sections:
The Listening Booth: One of my goals for 2013 was to produce a weekly music post using tracks from my record collection. The challenge? Not to repeat artists or bands at any time over the weeks.
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- A Farewell to The Giant
- The Best of MightWar: 2014 Edition
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Between
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra
- … The First Step
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist
- Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Move
New to MightWar and not sure of what to read next? The Best of MightWar gives an opportunity to revisit posts I’m particularly proud of.
Ka u ki Matanuku
Ka u ki Matarangi
Ka u ki tenei whenua
He kai mau te ate o te tauhou.
I arrive where an unknown earth is under my feet,
I arrive where a new sky is above me,
I arrive at this land,
A resting-place for me.
O spirit of the earth! The stranger humbly offers his heart as food for thee.
– Māori traveller’s prayer
I love to travel: whether it be along a new bus route, or to a place where I am the darkest-skinned person within a hundred mile radius.
Continue reading gone fishin’
“But you, you’re not allowed.
an unfortunate slight”
– Alanis Morrisette: Uninvited
The pieces included in this section discuss issues around my current ill health.
I have been off work for the last three years with what has now been diagnosed as a “functional movement disorder”.
The journey to this point has been a long, painful and often frustrating one – particularly as my GP didn’t believe the symptoms I reported until I ended up on his office floor (That’ll teach him!).
Continue reading sick.note
“So you just do what you gotta do,
My wild sweet love.
Though it may mean that I’ll never kiss
those sweet lips again –
Pay that no mind.
Find that dappled dream of yours:
Come on back and see me when you can.”
– Nina Simone: Do What You Gotta Do
I write about all manner of subjects – whether good, bad or indifferent. For me, the process of writing is about working things out.
Continue reading theories and suspicions
“If I could put you in a frame,
I’d draw you smiling”
– K’s Choice: Winners
“But the wood is tired, and the wood is old.
And we’ll make it fine, if the weather holds.
But if the weather holds, we’ll have missed the point:
that’s where I need to go”
– Indigo Girls: The Wood Song
Over the years, I have found that putting pen to paper is a vital part of working things out in my head (and heart); and discovering how I feel about the subject.
The act of framing a situation, an emotion or a condition with my own words is very healing and often revealing.
Continue reading distinguishing Miles from Coltrane