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Book Review: Popcorn Poetry by Brendan Conboy

I received a digital Advance Review Copy of Popcorn Poetry with no obligation to write a favourable review.

There are seventy five new poems in this book. The first one Popcorn Poetry is an amusing explanation of how Brendan Conboy writes poems. The poems are varied with some telling stories and others giving advice. All are rhyming verses.

One is a nonsense poem.

Brendan Conboy’s book launch poster

Brendan’s Christian faith is reflected in his poetry, which I enjoyed reading. His enthusiasm for life is demonstrated in his poster (above) and in his poetry.

For a chance to read one of his poems inspired by James 2, click here and visit the More than Writers’ blog, where Brendan Conboy wrote about this book. Like me Brendan is a member of the Association of Christian Writers (ACW).

Popcorn Poetry is available as a paperback or a Kindle edition. The poem Popcorn Poetry may be read on the Amazon website. The book was published on 22 August and is being launched online on 13th September.

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A topical poem

My social life at present is enhanced by the online groups I have joined. One of these is a poetry group, which meets once a month. There is an optional challenge to write a poem on a theme. The poems are read aloud at the next meeting.

The theme for our March meeting, which falls in the Christian season of Lent, is wilderness. Earlier this week I wrote a poem, which I am sharing with you here. My prayer is that the prophecy in Isaiah 2:4 would soon be fulfilled.

The War in Ukraine

Making a wilderness,
Burning and destroying,
Polluting, disrupting,
Soldiers deploying.

Some people are fleeing,
Their settled lives over.
Women and children – how
Will they recover?

Men and youths (all ages)
Bear unfamiliar arms.
An unprovoked foe can
Cause such alarms.

Homes deserted, folk
Shelter beneath the ground.
Noise, dust, black smoke and fumes –
Where can peace be found?

Around the world people pray
In bewilderedness
For a quick, peaceful end
To war-caused wilderness.

The post linked to on the word Lent mentions wilderness as well as Lent. It is one of my posts for the Blogging from A to in April Challenge 2020. I have found that taking part in The Blogging from A to Z Challenge has helped me connect with bloggers in other countries (and continents). Information about the dates for the 2022 Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge may be found here. The theme reveal is later this month.

Another blogger who has written about Lent and Wilderness is Malcolm Guite, an accomplished poet.

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What I am writing in November

November is a month when there are traditionally lots of online writing challenges. Once I took part in Blog Every Day in November. This year I have signed up to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), not to write a novel, but to carry on writing my childhood memories, which I started many years ago. I shared some episodes here on Sue’s Trifles back in 2013.

At the end of October Linda Kruschke announced that she will not be setting any more Paint Chip Poetry challenges. It has been fun and has taught me a lot. My Paint Chip Poetry page will not be updated again. I need to change my pinned tweet, which has been a link to that page for some time.

Sue’s Words and Pictures is still a participant in Cee Neuner’s Midweek Madness Challenge on Wednesdays.

I also take part in #WildflowerHour on Twitter. During the darker months I am unlikely to Tweet every week with flowering plants I spot. The challenge through the winter is to find 10 plants in flower each week. On Sunday I found 22 different species growing wild. I saw two others, which had been planted for educational purposes.

On Wednesdays I sometimes tweet with the hashtag #WildWebsWednesday to show how other organisms depend on plants.

The writing group I belong to is still meeting on Zoom. There is an assignment to write for that every two months.

I am still writing poetry. I have joined an online poetry group which meets once a month on Zoom. We are given a topic to write about between meetings.

I intend to post on Sue’s Trifles every Thursday.

If you are a writer, what are you writing?

If not, what are you reading?