What is a Poem?

Hi Friends and Followers

Sorry I’ve not been around the last few days but the extra travelling up and down to Brighton has rather drained me.

I wanted to tell you about my first week’s classes at uni. Thursday was theory day, a day I was dreading. However, I had no need, the seminar was informative and stimulating, so much so that the time just ran away. We discussed ‘What is a poem?’ And in particular whether this sculpture, God, was indeed a poem or not. Take a look and let me know your views.


On Friday a small group of us read out a contemporary poem from a living poet. I chose Aristotle by Billy Collins. Having only discovered his poetry a couple of weeks ago, I have to say that I’m well and truly hooked. We then read out our own poems and gave critique.

Just not enough time for these wonderful sessions, a day would be too short. Only the one this week on Friday which will be theory and craft combined.

Somehow I managed to miss this article on House of Grace. It went live with Ink Pantry Publishing on Monday 16th February, 2015. If you haven’t already seen it, take a look now.


I look forward to hearing your views on ‘What is a poem,’ and in particular the Baroness’s poem, God.

2 thoughts on “What is a Poem?

  1. maureenger February 26, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    Hi Tricia,
    All I can see on the link is a drainpipe? Am I looking at the right thing? I can see it’s a photo that’s considered Art. I’m having a problem with that as I have nicer drains but wouldn’t think of photographing them. Where’s the poem? I’d like to read a poem about plumbing.


    • Patricia M Osborne February 26, 2015 / 9:48 pm

      Yes Maureen you are looking at the right thing. This is the poem and the only words are it’s name, God. Interesting isn’t it? Sorry to disappoint you but no fancy poem about plumbing. However, if you look at the picture and take into consideration her life, her mother dying and being left with an abusive father, maybe the drainpipes, twisted pipes, somehow were illustrating that she was cross with God. Or perhaps it was showing how messed up she was. Intriguing. What does everyone else think?


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