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Trigger Warnings For Poetry

Trigger Warnings For Poetry

A reader contacted me this morning to say that after, having enjoyed Fleeting Ink, they were interested in reading Crossroads Poetry and Broken Body Fragile Heart, but that they couldn’t really cope with reading about self harm and therefore weren’t sure whether they’d be able to enjoy the collections. I can totally sympathise with this: at the time that I wrote these poems, reading about self harm probably would have screwed me over too, and the last thing I want…

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The Ten Days Of Poem-mas

The Ten Days Of Poem-mas

Content warning: references to self harm. Had I planned this a bit better, I would have started twelve days before Christmas and been able to fit the song a little better. Or possibly I would have gone for the twelve days after Christmas — I’m never sure which it’s supposed to be. But planning isn’t my strong point, as I only decided to do this a few minutes ago, so you’ll have to forgive me for that one. Next month…

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Teenage Selfies (TCWT)

Teenage Selfies (TCWT)

This is not my usual kind of post. This is for this month’s Teens Can Write Too! blog chain, and is one of the most challenging prompts we’ve ever had. Prompt: “Use pictures and individual words to show what, to you, is the essence of being a teenager.”  I decided to use pictures of myself for this prompt, with only a few exceptions, for an important reason which will become apparent. learning: growing up:   staying childish: change: dreams: identity: understanding:…

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Weeping For Humanity

Weeping For Humanity

Trigger warning: contains discussion of self harm. Sometimes I just get those days when I want to weep for humanity (and not just because of the redesigned WordPress homepage, which is incredibly hard to navigated and also … where did the option to put posts in ‘categories’ go? That was helpful. Bring it back). I’m referring to the #cutforbieber thing that was all over Twitter yesterday. While I didn’t witness it first-hand myself, I saw reference to it on Tumblr…

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