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My Poetry Journey

As a sensitive, creative soul, I have been writing songs and poems sporadically for over 30 years. After my son passed away from cancer in May 2022, I felt compelled to use poetry to express my thoughts and feelings. That led to a couple of my poems being published in an “Art After Loss” exhibition, which was launched by Full Circle Funerals.

Knowing that my words and pictures can comfort others is therapeutic for me and my recovery from grief. Here they are:

I’m delighted to say that there are many more where these came from, and Full Circle Funerals have told me they’d like to include them in other exhibitions later in the year.

Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Poems

After writing those two poems, I got the bug, but I needed somewhere to post them. That’s where the writers’ platform Medium came in very useful, not just for poems but for sharing my thoughts in a more candid and sometimes informal way than I would on LinkedIn or even on the blog page for this site (currently being updated).

One thing led to another, and I launched a poetry publication on Medium. Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Poems is a left-leaning, progressive, inclusive, and global poetry publication. We now have almost 100 writers on board from all over the world, and we accept all styles of poetry from absolute beginners to seasoned professionals.

I named Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Poems after its sister publication, which my American friend and talented writer Jason Provencio founded. Inspired by his thick, wavy, Italian hair, he called his publication Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Blogs.

Even though Jason’s a lot more sweary than I am – the Samuel L Jackson of bloggers – we share similar values.

The Bouncin’ and Behavin’ brand is friendly, informal, welcoming, progressive, left-leaning, inclusive, diverse, and supportive of equal rights for all. We celebrate diversity in every way and believe in standing up for people’s right to be themselves.

The Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Writing Competition

We’ve published hundreds of poems and blogs in Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Poems and Bouncin’ and Behavin Blogs. Now, it is time to launch our first-ever competition. You can find out about that here.

Tailored Poetry for Your Sentiments

Poetry is an excellent vehicle for putting ideas that prose can’t reach into words, but not everyone can write.

I launched Tailored Poetry for Your Sentiments to offer a bespoke poetry-writing service. It’s for people who want to celebrate their love, show gratitude, remember someone special, or even propose.

Some poets are great all-rounders, others specialise in specific forms, and some go wherever their heart takes them. My approach to poetry isn’t for everyone. Writing a poem on behalf of someone else is an honour and a privilege. Clients need to find the right poet to help them express their deepest feelings. Fortunately, we have around 100 poets for them to choose from!

If you’re looking for someone to pen something special for you, get in touch.