Category Archives: poetry

Sea Poem: Sea Quenching by S.E.Acton

Black Ven/ May 26, 2017/ poem, poetry, sea/ 0 comments

  Slipping on ice-steel socks, sinking into shingled thoughts;- I’m iron-blood dripped into shimmering depths. Sword legs glide through long ago relics, and washed clean, my heavy junk falls to the seabed, foaming into stories; as sea-sprites wait for answers below, calling.


Black Ven monthly poetry workshops

Black Ven/ March 4, 2017/ nature, poetry, workshop/ 0 comments

Monthly two hour poetry workshops exploring  creative ideas to develop poetry on the page and on stage. A series of practical workshops to inspire you by exploring poetry themes, form and composition, deep listening and responses to nature. Plus practical exercises to assist with performance and sharing your work including: microphone use, breath, and voice control. Email for more details

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poem: Old Soul

Black Ven/ July 15, 2016/ poem, poetry, waves/ 0 comments

Another week passes and I read, write…but what? no dreams? No. I am dreamless this week. A state of routine daily grind and I can’t remember my last dream. It may have been months ago. Where have they gone? I wrote this poem this week. My new poetry pamphlet: Snakestone (Poems from the Cliffside III) will follow soon! Once I

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Ebb and Flow: on reading to write, and poetry

Black Ven/ July 1, 2016/ poetry, writing life/ 0 comments

All writers learn by reading to write. It’s study journeying into the deep art of the beast. The more we read, the more we develop style, learn from the craft of those who went before us. Through reading we stretch our imaginations to grasp the visual experience of being a reader. We cannot write unless we understand the needs and

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Field recording #1

Black Ven/ June 10, 2016/ meditation, poem, poetry/ 0 comments

field recording#1 Evidence vole carcass perfect laid thrush wraith feathers splayed vibrating frequencies heaving harmonies only immortals see  beyond boundaries -sleight augury! such oracles, We.


Swimming and writing

Black Ven/ June 3, 2016/ journey, poetry, sea/ 0 comments

It’s June, time to get down to the beach and take a dip in the sea. You may not think of a writing as a physical activity, but the fact is that you cannot write unless you connect body and mind as one. It is an activity of whole being. Writing requires as much an effort of mental and physical

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Birdsong and writing

Black Ven/ May 29, 2016/ journey, poetry/ 0 comments

    I’m sitting at my desk with windows thrown open to the fields and the air filled with birdsong. As I sit here listening, I become aware of patterns that form and fade, tracing notes, and meditating a while. I let the music of the day silk over me and it doesn’t matter that I don’t know what these

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