Language Poems

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Language and names have always fascinated me. Go on, try a couple…they might not be as dry as you fear…

Always Known As


Appellation Celebration

The Bard & I

Belgian Lessons


Capital Notion

The Cester Slur

Convergent Resonance

Don’t be a Steve

Dropping Aitches

Dry Rot

Each Word is a Species


First Eight Lines of a Sonnet

Flimsy were the Borogroves


For ‘Whom’, the Bell Tolls



A Glut of Collective Nouns

Grammar Schooling

Hybrid Vigour

In Kateable Hands

Index of First Lines

Jealousy & Envy


Just-So Grammar

The Lack of the Circumfrex in the British Îles

The Land of the Saints *

Lingua Inglese

Linguistic Schtick

Maximum Maxims

The Memes that Mark our Being

Metres by the Foot

Mic Check


The Name Not Taken

narrative conflict

Night Shift

No-Nonsense Names

No Sinjun

Nom de Guerre


Part-Time Poet

The Poetry Competition of my Dreams

Pseudo for Two

A pyrrhic gift (3)

Rock Pocks

A Rose by Any Other Name but This

Second-Hand Words

Sex & Death

The Shape of the Pear

Some Things Are Beyond Rhyming

Sorry, Elizabeth

Stoking the Peeves


Terminator Traitor

Through a Dark Glassly

Tilly in Potentia

Unparalleled Revival

The Verse That Goes Like This

Verses in Hades

Writers’ Block, Writers’ Block

Z for Zen