Creative & academic essays, social commentary, a touch of memoir and poetry
Proper pocketsI like proper pockets
which give full access,
not a con that's a flap.
All this a record of me.
I use words in a
occasional pleasure and
a list of guilt become less
embarrassing sliced out.
I live inside others and
beside myself, on standby,
curious, always the
It's OK, I carry on,
the same me.
There's me, the younger siblingI can see that no one is managing.
Something vital is just wrong, some
of it genuinely might crumble.
Looking at our strands, I engage
and involve. I need to stop
the picture wobbling.
I cling to and brace you,
so nothing goes wrong
in the city of Lego.
I well remember the ‘Someone who feels connected, purposeful, and excited about life’. I hope she comes back soon. I miss her. This is a well-written and interesting blogpost. It introduced me to the trAce facebook page too. Thank you very much for writing it.
I’m grateful for the power of your memory, Glenis, and for the parts of our history we have shared. Let’s hope I can locate a different me soon.
Excellent dissection of the cross-currents that went on during that interview, and the wider issues that rippled through it.
Thank you for validating my analysis of this interview. There are too many struggles elsewhere for there to be petty in-fighting within LGBT communities. I couldn’t understand the need for Today to try to set up a counter-argument out of context.
You are right in every way Nicki. I have just listened to the relevant section of Today and felt let down by the failure to let listeners know about Greg’s book. He is a wonderful man. It’s time for some pride in the LGBT world – in being literary and cultured!
Thanks David. Why shouldn’t we be proud of being literary and cultured? I want Ruth to join in, too, now I’ve learnt she studied English at Oxford University. Why not be proud of who you are? I also understand how five minutes on a radio show doesn’t show the best of anyone.
Excellent newspaper blackout poetry. I look forward to your book when you write it and can’t wait to read Susan Calman’s book now! Just don’t try dressing Basil in little outfits as Susan likes to with her cat children. He won’t appreciate it!
I hereby promise to spare Basil all outfits – including Batman and Prime Suspect Day outfits. And just maybe there will be a book one day.
Keep swirling and being loving. We will find a way through this pointless hatred. xx