Door to Door Poetry

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After the successful discovery of Poetry in the Waiting Room comes the news that poetry is now available door to door in the UK.

This story appeared while I was watching the BEEB (BBC) Breakfast News and featured performance poet, Rowan McCabe, who claims to be the world’s first door to door poet.

Rowan asks people if they would like a poem written for them and then performs the poem for them on their doorsteps, or in their homes, all free of charge.

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper he said the aim of his project is to connect with people who might never have considered poetry before and open a debate about connecting with strangers.

Below is the video of the news bulletin.

If you want to read more about this, you can visit his door to door poetry website at

What do you think of this? Do you have any similar initiatives where you live?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Is Poetry a Crime?

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A strange question to start this week’s poetic pondering, but please bear with me on this one.

The question was posed when I visited a bookshop in my local town a few days ago and decided to have a look in the poetry section. After a long while searching I eventually found a scant collection of poetry books and,to my horror, discovered they were listed under the category CRIME (the photo at the head of this post is evidence of the said misdemeanour).

Now I know some of my poetry offerings have bordered on criminal, but to take things to this level is an attack on poetic liberties. When did poetry become a crime?

I tracked down the manager of the store and gave him an opportunity to explain this apparent change in legislation. Apart from a shrug of his shoulders and a few ineligible grunts he was unable to shed any light on the matter.

When I returned home I went through my police service archives and at no point did I ever arrest anyone for the offence of poetry, or remember being called to give evidence in a case of poetic injustice. A search on the internet did provide reference to a book by Michael Connelly called, The Poet, where a serial killer leaves excerpts of Edgar Allan Poe poems at the scenes of his murders, but that’s just fiction.

So please poets, keep a watchful eye when going about your daily poetry business. It seems there may be something sinister afoot.

If you see or hear about any similar attempts to criminalise poetry, please let me know.



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