When the MOOC hits your eye like a big pizza pie

I love Massive Open Online Courses. For a number of weeks you can learn from some of the best teachers in the world. I commissioned this free PDF, Studying a MOOC: a Guide, because there wasn’t much in the way of study skills guidance out there for students on online courses: MOOCs themselves don’t teach students how to get […]

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How do you know when a poem is finished?

When Jackson Pollock was asked, of painting, “How do you know when you’ve finished?” He replied, “How do you know when you’ve finished making love?” I’m about to try The Rialto with some poems, having worked on these particular pieces for around two years on and off. At various times I thought they were ‘nearly […]

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The expectation of surprise

I sent a batch of poems to Poetry London yesterday. Sending to magazines is a great excuse to catch up on any issues you haven’t read in a while. They give you a sense of what’s happening in poetry. It’s refreshing to see emerging themes and styles. How far this is because of the editorial […]

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