Ode to a Stickleback and Romanticism

Trackback Pseudopod is – probably – the least well-known of all the Romantic poets, even though to his contemporaries, his Ode to a Stickleback was one of the best known poems of the time, even outselling – for a time – Lord Byron’s epic ‘Ere Mate, I’ve Shagged Your Sister. However, Pseudopod’s fame was short-lived.Continue reading “Ode to a Stickleback and Romanticism”

Free: Poetry Book -This Brief Life of Sparks

Available Free for the next few days: This Brief Life of Sparks A Collection of 100 poems by David Hadley. David Hadley’s poems have been published in Stand, Eclipse, Envoi, Poetry Nottingham International, Raw Edge and several other magazines in the UK and US.  Several of his poems have also been cherry-picked by the editorsContinue reading “Free: Poetry Book -This Brief Life of Sparks”

Her New Man

‘Go on, tell me,’ Carolyn said. ‘He’s perfect.’ Helen grinned. ‘Come on….’ ‘No, listen… he’s a writer, so obviously he is great in bed. All writers are…. It’s a well-known fact.’ ‘Is that true? I mean… about writers?’ ‘Yes, of course.’ ‘Oh.’ ‘Not only that, because he is a writer, he is attentive, gentle, aContinue reading “Her New Man”

New Book Out Now: Choosing Headgear for Penguins

Choosing Headgear for Penguins No doubt you have been wondering over the years about what is the most suitable hat for the various breeds of penguin: such as a deerstalker for the King penguins, or whether emperor penguins should wear a top hat.Perhaps you have also wondered if Napoleon wore a basque under his uniformContinue reading “New Book Out Now: Choosing Headgear for Penguins”

New Book Out Now: This Brief Life of Sparks – Poems

This Brief Life of Sparks A Collection of 100 poems by David Hadley. David Hadley’s poems have been published in Stand, Eclipse, Envoi, Poetry Nottingham International, Raw Edge and several other magazines in the UK and US. Several of his poems have also been cherry-picked by the editors at abctales.com. Available now. Fireworks These timesContinue reading “New Book Out Now: This Brief Life of Sparks – Poems”

The Adventures of Perambulator Helicobacter, Gentleman Detective

“Furthermore, should you attempt to describe these lupins, or to inform anyone else, not trained as a semi-professional tadpole disconcerter about them, or the part they played in the rescue of the pomegranate from the bucket, then your life will be forfeit.” Everyone who watched it will be unable to forget this, the final wordsContinue reading “The Adventures of Perambulator Helicobacter, Gentleman Detective”

Pigeons

[….] ‘I think you may be right,’ I said. ‘But I don’t really feel any connection with what I’m doing any more, there’s none of that intensity of experience I was expecting from university. I used to think literature really mattered, was really important. But who really cares about T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence and allContinue reading “Pigeons”

Stories like Lives

We let these things go because they are too hard to hold onto. We let the days slip between our fingers and swim off down the river of time into the endless sea of the past. We let lovers slip away into the night, leaving only the echoes of themselves fading from our fingertips asContinue reading “Stories like Lives”

Crawl into the Mind

What if all of this was nothing at all? What if it was less substantial than one of those dreams you leave behind on your morning pillow when you step out of that bedroom to face the day? After all, this is only words, mere marks on the screen, scratches on paper and movements inContinue reading “Crawl into the Mind”

Shakespeare and Advertising

‘How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable / Seem to me all the Cornish pasties of this world! / Fie on’t! O fie! ’tis an unweeded garden,’ Of course, nowadays, Shakespearean scholars are slowly coming to acknowledge the commercial basis for much of the bard’s work, especially the plays. The above quotation for Honest Rosencrantz’s ‘RealContinue reading “Shakespeare and Advertising”

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