Innovations in Poetry . . .


So firstly Happy New Year and welcome to a rejuvenated focus which has started (as usual) with a flood of emails, but for me it feels like back to work with a leap rather than a thump. But interestingly one of these emails was from the Poetry Society calling for nominations for ‘New Innovations in Poetry’ with the Ted Hughes Award, and I thought to myself – surely Poetry Pin in its concept and implementation is worthy of a nomination?

So in a moment of raw arrogance I thought I should ask the talented followers and participants (you!) of the project whether you would place a recommendation, the only caveat being that you do need to be a Poetry Society Member (which I do personally recommend)


So there it is, a short but concise request, but time is short, the nomination procedure closes on the 8th January 2016 so please don’t delay, and to make things even easier I’ve included a little link here to their competition web page so you can add Poetry Pin in.

There are new plans afoot for a new Poetry Pin trail, but it is still too early to spill the beans, so instead I shall leave you with a short extract from the poem ‘Greasing Palms’ which nests about two-thirds along the trail. It is not far from where the new reactors will be sited and just across from the spot where archeologists revealed post holes from our ancestors settlements, along with the graves of residents who have toiled here across the centuries.

Greasing Palms

Now heavy plant erases this past
The ancient field lines their homes and hearths
The round house footings but resistive measures
Captured by technicians mapping these treasures
Are now removed for new history in the making
Shelve the past for its the future we’re breaking
And all that’s captured in this land
From ancient works to quern stone grinds
Turned and terraced
Rolled and topped
Dug and drained
Burnt and mocked
Mashed and sealed with heavy plant
All made possible with a government grant

(Christopher Jelley – project poet)

The project book entitled ‘ A Walk Down the Rift’ (Fly Catcher Press) is available from Number Seven Dulverton and Amazon (£10 hard back) and documents a year walking, reading and writing poetry in the shadow of Hinkley C, the UK’s first new nuclear build in decades.