The Moment

Once more…

Read After Burnout


I had a moment today whilst teaching.

I was covering unseen poetry and using The Moment, by Margaret Atwood. Truth will out and it will declare than I don’t really like this poem, massively. It’s one of those poems that sounds like poetry and has lots of spaces that allow for deep and meaningful reflection. It’s okay in a satisfactory way and is definitely okay for writing about unseen poetry. If it was a choice, the poem would not be accompanying me to my desert island. I could not imagine endless moments of The Moment whilst the waves gently lap against the golden shores of my Time.  What I want from poetry is not quiet words of wisdom but unquiet meanderings that haunt my thoughts for year after year.

“You really love poetry, don’t you, sir?”

“Yes, I suppose I do.” Non-intentional dramatic pause. “Yes, I do.”

There are poets…

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This is the story of what happened to me when anxiety took a grip. I lost my senses, I lost my job, and I lost me. I then turned to writing to find those things that had gone missing. How can you teach when you believe that education is a business that is failing in its primary remit of helping to create a better society? Indeed, how can you teach when you believe that you have nothing of value to pass on? The book/blog is the story of my recovery from the absolute darkness of the early days. It is an Odyssey through my life over the last twelve months and a retracing of my steps to discover how I found myself there. More than all of that, it is a re-evaluation and a rejoicing of all that which I call life. Happy reading and I hope it helps. There is madness, Everyday Madness, and not all of it comes from within.

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