Welcome to Clear Poetry. You can expect to see some marvellous poetry here when the blog officially launches early in 2015, but in the mean time, here’s some info about me and my master plan! My name’s Ben Banyard and I live in Portishead, UK. Like many people I enjoyed studying poetry at school and then university, but for one reason and another I stopped reading, and writing it, soon after I entered the big, bad adult world. At the beginning of 2014 I spotted a tweet by poet Jo Bell. She was setting up a project called 52, which launched on New Year’s Day and aimed to get participants to write at least one poem a week throughout the year, inspired by her wonderful prompts. To my amazement I managed to write and post (via the group’s Facebook page) over 180 poems. What’s more, the helpful comments posted by Jo and the other “52ers” emboldened me to submit what I considered my best work to various print and online journals. By the end of the year, I’d had (to be fair) a large number of rejections, but on the up side around fifteen of my poems had been accepted. Blimey – I’m a poet! But then having read so many posts by 52’s other members I discovered my own tastes in contemporary poetry. However, when I set out to find an online blog which reflected that taste, I struggled. While there are some notable exceptions, I found a lot of writing was far too cryptic, or (dare I say) downright pretentious. Which is when I hit upon the idea for Clear Poetry. This blog is aimed at encouraging an appreciation of, and an engagement with, contemporary poetry. The poems you’ll find here are my personal choice and I feel that they are approachable, accessible and downright astonishing! If you enjoy them, why not comment, or even submit some of your own?


17 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. simon838 December 23, 2014 / 1:55 pm

    I too love clear poetry, so wish you all the best with Clear Poetry. Look forward to reading and probably submitting stuff in the new year. All the best.


    • Ben Banyard December 23, 2014 / 5:57 pm

      Thanks Simon. Yes, please send me some of your work!


  2. KymmInBarcelona December 23, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    Fair winds and good fortune, Ben!


  3. Stella Wulf December 23, 2014 / 9:48 pm

    Liking your ethos, Ben. Will be reading and submitting.


  4. Dave Mack December 24, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    Great idea, Ben. I hope to read and submit.


  5. reubenwoolley December 30, 2014 / 11:35 pm

    Well done, Ben! I’m looking forward to this. Unfortunately my own work isn’t exactly accessible and can sometimes even be a little cryptic, but I’ll definitely send you something if it turns out more or less clear. Best of luck with your venture.


  6. Sarah Watkinson December 31, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    I’m greatly looking forward to reading and submitting. Good luck in the New Year to this excellent project.


    • Ben Banyard December 31, 2014 / 5:34 pm

      Thanks Sarah! Yes, please send me some of your poems!


  7. Kevin Reid December 31, 2014 / 8:20 pm

    Wishing you all the very best with Clear Poetry. Look my forward to reading the poetry.


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