Being Beta

Exercises in the higher banter with One of 26. Elsewhere called 'poet of adland'. By a whipple-squeezer. Find out why being beta is the new alpha: betarish at googlemail dot com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

32 first drafts of new words

Made up by me, over at Medium.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Poetry: Stanza's Map of Scotland in poems

For most of the last year, the StAnza festival has been attempting to document Scotland through poems – a genius idea, I'm sure you'll agree.

The map is now live, and you can find it here. It's an eye-popping cavalcade of poems about place; just click on one of the pins to be transported to the words.

I've written a wee thing about Lerwick (confession: I've not yet visited – do give me a reason to, someone). And they're still on the hunt for poems for all the places not yet reached, so do suggest one, write one even.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Poetry: #2015poetrytrends

In case you missed them last week, I had a stab at predicting what might happen in the poetry world next year...


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Commercial: Soundcloud's Berlin Wall

Worth drawing your attention to if you've not already seen it... There's been much cant spoken about how and whether brands can use events from history for their own ends. The following from Soundcloud shows not only that it can be done, but also, perhaps, how.


Sunday, November 09, 2014

Poetry: TweetPoemCrit


Friday, November 07, 2014

Poetry: Rialto Poetry School editors development programme

Did I tell you I was doing the above said thing? Well, if I didn't – there's the news.

And over at Campus I've blogged my initial reaction to the first pile of poems I've been reading through. Expect more over the next few months.


Monday, November 03, 2014

Poetry: In case you missed it department

'22 March...' was in the FT at the weekend. As you do. No, I couldn't believe it either.

As I believe I am contractually obliged to say at this point: buy the book


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Listorama: Facebook status updates vol 37

What's on your mind (BetaRish)?

The lamps never go out on social media

is an extended preamble

is struggling with remoteness, access

is tousled of mane

lacks a usable phrase for this slot

is a series of watery adjectives

The clowns have it hardest

is a silo-buster

1914 called. It wants its geopolitical instability back

has a knickerbocker and doesn’t know what to do with it

is readying his album of sentimental presentiments

Always good to bump into Beth Emmens in Hammersmith, plotting world domination

Will you still love a man out of time?

is quiet, and the good citizen is happy

is trying to discourage frivolous Facebooking, especially by servants

is dodging the inevitable

Bouncy bouncy run stop

is practising his forward defensive

is he?

is making hard lemonade

is the results of love and wine

is a dromomaniac

has been today he hasn’t filled this bit in

Crank, squeak, grind, pffut. That’d be my back saying hello

is a haptic interface

Whither the weather? Whatever

Tell you what

I wrote for luck

is still contemplating a riot after The Riot Club

Hello democracy!

Fag-packet constitution? Or the back of an envelope job?

Destiny thy name is Scone

is living in a Buster Keaton movie today

But what was decided?

This bird is waddling

Wishes J. Alfred a happy birthday

Bend and flex, flex and bend

Taste is on the tongue of the beholder

and the blue eagle blues

r u gonna poem doe? #nationalpoemday

is a house of tine and timber

Oh man, nervous already

Well, on we go

is being tidal

[insert rant about senior management types here]

Not sure emojis are widening my vocabulary

is now being followed by a black sheep

has failed to do this today


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Commercial: Continuous partial argument

Also known as some thoughts about the future of copywriting by me, now available over at Medium.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Poem: Strategies to save the Union

Published over here.