Author Archives: beckydeans

About beckydeans

I've always been a writer one way or the other.

This is my Refuge – a new poem #amwriting (sometimes)

I wrote this poem for a competition. I won’t say which one, but I was way off the mark. I was thinking about home, but perhaps I needed to write something more in the style of someone else, or talk … Continue reading

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Tupelo Press 30/30 Project (August 2015): Why I’m Writing 30 Poems in 30 Days, or, Poetry Needs You!

Originally posted on O at the Edges:
Tupelo Press 30/30 Project (August 2015): Why I’m Writing 30 Poems in 30 Days, or, Poetry Needs You! Dear Friends, Tupelo Press, one of our very best independent presses, could use our help.…

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Love Song: not a sestina #amwriting #rhymingpoetry #new

I have been reading Elizabeth Bishop and playing with rhyming stanzas, but I think there is something missing here. I will have to look up a sestina again!   Love Song   I know you love me really You just … Continue reading

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When Did You Stop Learning Baby? #amwriting #rhymingpoetry #poetry 1994 to 1996

I have been looking through my entire back catalogue and discovered I like at least 24 poems and found more I can’t even remember writing. It is, however, the rhyming ones I wrote early on, before the poetry classes, that … Continue reading

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50 Treasures: Over to you…

Originally posted on Derbyshire Record Office:
We are half-way through our tour through Derbyshire Record Office’s 50 Treasures, which we started publicising in 2012, to mark our fiftieth anniversary.  Treasures 24 and 25 have been selected by a former staff…

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Fable: One from the archive… Can’t remember if this ever saw the light of day… #amwriting

Fable They’re dancing in Chaplain’s She’s only fifteen She’s naive and gorgeous He’s fit and he’s keen   It’s clear she’s a virgin He just doesn’t care He gropes at her bottom She fondles his hair    They’re dancing so … Continue reading

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Looking around for something to perform at a performance poetry workshop… ‘Not Waving but Driving’ after Stevie Smith

Not Waving but Driving Everyone saw boyracer’s car But his stereo still pounded ‘There’s nothing like the open road I’m not showing off, just driving’    ‘What a tosser, he was always around the market And now he’s dead His … Continue reading

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Speech to full @ambervalleybc Council Meeting on 26 September 2012 re: 550 houses planned for #Codnor

This is interesting – my first speech to full council before I had any idea I may become a councillor. Speech to full Council meeting – 26 September 2012 You say that the Borough Council’s Vision for Amber Valley, as … Continue reading

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Simon Says Four

Teddy bear, teddy bear Turn around. Teddy bear, teddy bear Touch the ground. Teddy bear, teddy bear Climb the stairs. Teddy bear, teddy bear Say your prayers.

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Simon Says Three: Your Sweetness is my Weakness

Simon Says Three   Your Sweetness is my weakness   So here we were for the jam. I’ve always liked the idea of a jam, if I’m honest, though not the fruit kind. More, the getting together of musicians and … Continue reading

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