From “Poem to my son as Darth Vader” by Brandon Thurman “Are bad guys real? I want to tell you that people are good; it’s this world we’re making that’s bad. I have a mouth full of easy answers. Too soon now you’ll have to take off that mask & breathe this impossible air.”

“The happy birds greedily take the sky” - thank you 10-year-old Fabio, and the inspirational @RumbleCoral who has been working for us in St Mary of the Angels Primary School twitter.com/rumblecoral/st…

His self & the sun were one & all his poems, although makings of his self, Were no less makings of the sun. It was not important that they survive. What mattered was that they should bear Some lineament of character, Some affluence, if only half perceived .. Wallace Stevens Retweeted by The Poetry Society

In praise of pamphlets! Michael Marks Award shortlists announced: the poets in contention are Paul Muldoon, Sarah Wimbush, Jamie McKendrick, Gail McConnell & Alycia Pirmohamed twitter.com/marksawards/st…

If you're aged 25 or younger or you teach that age, get involved in this international project! Winners will receive mentoring, book tokens, publication, performance opportunities and more. Deadline 31 Jan (and it's free to enter!): bit.ly/HCAchallenge twitter.com/youngpoetsnet/…