Kate Clanchy – How to Grow Your Own Poem

As I continue this “Morphment” to Kevin Alan McGill, Social Philosopher Poet and Storyteller, I picked up this amazing book – How to Grow Your Own Poem by Kate Clanchy. And it is just wonderful.

Kate is a poet and teacher that I came across taking one of those free courses from FutureLearn. The course comes from the University of Reading in England. She was one of their featured lecturers. And as soon as she started talking, I thought “Wow! Here’s someone I can really learn from!”

Her book is about how to create a poem construction process for yourself. It provides exercises and examples to help you get your ideas out and to shape them according to the you that you are.

ISBN 13-978-1529024692 Picador Press an imprint of Pan MacMillan

Impending retirement of The Possible Ks

About 8 years ago, when I first started out on this writing journey, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write. So I came up with the idea of The Possible Ks. I was going to experiment with styles and shapes and media and present them as Sat K, and The Poet K, and Citizen K, etc.

Well, my writing has evolved and my sense of self along with that.

So I am going to be retiring The Possible Ks concept.

It’s time to consolidate my alter egos and just be Kevin Alan McGill, Social Philosopher Poet and Storyteller. I am channeling my “inner beatnik” to come up with socially conscious poetry, flash fiction, lyrics and satire.

Part of that development is changing my HostPapa website domain to kevinalanmcgill.com.

I will be developing that site along the same lines as my possible ks site, focusing on graphic illustrations as my primary blogging tool. 

So if you’d like to join me on the new site just click on the link and sign up there to get email notices when I post. No purchase necessary. The new posts have already started.

I’d be glad to hear from you.

Read an eBook Sale

My books are on sale 25 percent off at Smashwords this week as part of their Read an eBook Week. Get yours today. Use the code EBW25 at checkout.

Let’s stay in touch

I am in the process of switching domains and establishing a better blend between my website and this site. I will keep you informed of the changes.

I will post here on my wordpress.com blog at least once per month and spend the rest of my time on the site visiting other sites including yours.

Hopefully we can keep in touch better and I can keep developing interesting content for you, my audience.

Thanks and remember I really appreciate hearing your comments.

Kevin

My eBooks Everywhere

I now have 6 volumes of the “Dancing In Dangerous Times” digests available at various eBook retailers including Amazon-Kindle, Apple Books, Barnes&Noble, Chapters-Indigo, Scrib’d and Smashwords.

The latest is the “Romance Volume” just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Check out my eBooks at your favourite eBook retailer such as:

Smashwords

Barnes&Noble

Chapters-Indigo

Amazon-Kindle

Apple Books

I also have “Canadian? Me?” available although it was published as Kevin McGill.

Get yours today and if you like them please leave a review.

Thanks a bunch!

Kevin

New Book Coming Available

Coming in the next week to various eBook retailers.

For you, free this The Weekend

Get a free copy of Dancing with Dangerous Times – Labour Day Volume this weekend at Smashwords.

The free coupon code is GX68L and this link will get you there.

While you’re there you might want to check out the other volumes.

Thanks

Kevin

Small Town Laundry

I am doing an online songwriting course with FutureLearn. It’s a free learning program that you can upgrade to a credit program. My course is provided by Sheffield University.

As part of my learning, I put together a practice song using GarageBand. If you are interested you can find it on my website at this link Small Town Laundry 

The lyrics are:

Friday night lights, soiled delight, the spread was 13 to 1

We replaced her name with a word that took the blame and declared the deed as done.

Battered and splattered, as if that mattered, the cycle will repeat when she’s late

Sermon and prayer, yet nobody there, ain’t none of us gonna step up to the plate?

 

Small town laundry the stain grows and grows

Small town laundry a list everybody knows

 

What you gonna do when they come to call out you

What you gonna do when it’s time to be true

What you gonna do when they come to call out you

What you gonna do!

 

We all knew his kind, how they’re inclined, he’s just one more of that brood

He got his label as soon as he was able, when you’re hungry reform school has food

He’s the wrong parent’s child, so we let him run wild, he’s one who won’t rise above

Sermon and prayer, yet nobody there, what you saying about brotherly love?

 

Small town laundry the stain grows and grows

Small town laundry a list everybody knows

 

What you gonna do when they come to call out you

What you gonna do when it’s time to be true

What you gonna do when they come to call out you

What you gonna do!

 

They aren’t like us, so a beatings a must, despite what it says in the law

Bad cop batons, good cop looks on, somehow there’ll be a crime that they saw

Backed in a corner, citizen or foreigner, we’ll goad you into playing our game

Sermon and prayer, yet nobody there, aren’t we so proud to be the same?

 

Small town laundry the stain grows and grows

Small town laundry a list everybody knows

 

What you gonna do when they come to call out you

What you gonna do when it’s time to be true

What you gonna do when they come to call out you

What you gonna do!

 

What you gonna do, etc

 

Stuff

The rest of this month will be focused largely on developing my songwriting/lyrics skills. And promoting my Dancing in Dangerous Times – Labour Day Volume available at:

 

Barnes and Noble

Smashwords

Apple Books

Chapters-Indigo

In the meantime …

Kevin Alan McGill The Possible Ks

 

Labour Day Volume now available

Smashwords has approved Dancing in Dangerous Times – Labour Day Volume.

You can purchase it for around $3. U.S. at Smashwords. They also distribute it to other eBook sellers like Apple Books, Chapters-Indigo and Barnes and Nobles and it should appear there in a few days

Sometimes serious, sometimes satirical, always meant to be enjoyed! The Digests contain a collection of satire, short (flash) fiction and poetry. They are meant for people who want a little intellectual stimulation with their entertainment.

Thanks,

Kevin

New Dancing in Dangerous Times digest coming soon

This week was all about working on final edits for the latest Dancing in Dangerous Times digest of flash fiction, beat-inspired poetry and satire.

Plan is to publish and distribute through Smashwords by the end of next week.

The theme of this volume is workers and their struggles.

The other issue is how to get you all over to the website to view the regular posts.

I’m working on it.

 

Kevin

Busy, Busy, Busy

The week has been spent largely re-arranging the website Kevin Alan McGill The Possible Ks for greater navigability.

I have created more pages and moved some posts around.

Here are some links that might interest you:

eBooks and Such

Spirituality for the Godless

Rehab

The Canadian Page

The categories include Barebones Rider, Canadian? Me?, Graphic Art, Rodin’s Man, Sat K, The K and The Park Bench.

I am also revising the backstory to The Park Bench and trying to work out how to logically present the ongoing episodes.

Hope you find the content interesting and useful.

Thanks for stopping in.

Kevin

WE created the future by

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Posting Day

For the next while, posting will occur on Sundays instead of Fridays.

Park Bench Philosophy

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A Little Hallowe’en Reading

Just in time for the big night …

Satire, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Illustrations.

Available at your favourite eBook Retailer (Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Scribd, etc.)

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The Villain

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Shooting Blanks

 

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Thumbs-up

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Fandango

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