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 27, 2014

Poetry: me reading at the Southbank Centre

Well, at the Purcell Room, last month, for the launch of Ten, which makes an excellent Christmas gift, I hear.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Poetry: 'Hannah, Are You Listening?' review

I've written a review of the excellent Happenstance pamphlet by Hamish Whyte, over at Sabotage Reviews.


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

32 first drafts of new words

Made up by me, over at Medium.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Poetry: TweetPoemCrit

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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.

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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

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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


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