Six Poems

By Josiah Mortimer

I found it incredibly hard to write during lockdown, frustratingly, so having the Poetry Month as a prompt was really useful. I’d just pick up my pen at night and get all the weird experiences of enforced isolation down on the page. I really like the tanka form as it helps neatly encapsulate a feeling or theme, often on nature. As a songwriter it’s a comfortable form – tanka means ‘short song’ (being quite a lyrical form, it’s particularly useful for a poetry amateur like me!). I hope some of the poems resonate – poetry is such a powerful way of processing experiences, and sharing in them collectively. Lockdown was absolutely one of those shared experiences, so I’m really pleased to be part of this project.  

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3 years ago

Thank you. I enjoyed these… The On Thursdays one particularly

Poetry and Covid-19 ARCHIVE (This website archives the over 1000 poems submitted by over 600 poets, and viewed by over 100,000 from over 125 countries during the Covid-19 pandemic, June 2020-June 2021). Thank you to all who took part in the Poetry and Covid project.

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