These are the people who keep this blog breathing. Big Shout Out!
Writer / project developer
Ayleen Venetia Benoit
“Between jobs at the moments” / MC
Elijah Paul Benoit
Part time translator at a north London dole office/wanna-be professional photographer
Algernon Dennis Brooks
OAP / local historian / storyteller / busybody
storyteller / shape shifter / orator /actor / singer
CONTRIBUTING TO THE BLOG
This blog is also where people can write poetry about the things that inspire and irritate them most about the community – local and global.
Mahmoud, Ayleen, Algernon and Elijah have agreed to visit and comment on a regular basis. Mahmoud is a secret poet so he said he’s cool to write some poems. Ayleen is always looking to battle another MC. Elijah and Algernon have said they would take a look because they think it would be a good idea to do something together once a week. Encourage them to catch up and stuff.
Feel free to share your poems and comment on those you read. Check out the rules for respecting peoples work though. Its a good way to become a better writer for yourself too.
Like all politics there is diplomatic way to critique a poem. Not just, “I don’t like it” or “yeah its good”. So these are just a few things to look out for
The Critical Eye
- What is the message and do you get it?
- What’s the mood of the piece? What’s the voice of it? How does the writing portray the mood?
- Do you feel it in your guts?
- What’s the style of the piece? Does the style add to the message or not?
- How does the rhythm and the flow of the piece work for you?
- Are there good descriptions? Is there good use of images, onomatopoeia, metaphors and/or similes?
- Is there irony or symbolism to make a point?
- Is there a character and is he/she/it convincing? If yes, why? If not, why not?
- Cliches? Has the piece made you look at the message within it in a new way? How?