I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

Some of these poems are autobiographical, some are entirely fictional, and some are a mixture of both. The intention is art rather than self-expression. I don't allow factual details to get in the way of poetry! (I do seek emotional truth.) They are works in progress, and may be subject to revision without notice. Completed versions appear in my books. Nevertheless copyright applies to all texts found here. Copyright also applies to almost all photos posted here, most of which are my own, though a few are licensed under Creative Commons.
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16 September 2009


Nah – I realise I REALLY don't like initial capitals for every line of my poems. Some people make it work, but it doesn't suit all the things I want to do with verse. I'm going to go back and put right all the (few) pieces I did that way.


  1. I wouldn't have said anything if you'd kept them in (because I know there are two camps on this), but I agree with you really. They can work, but I think unless you have a really good reason for using them, they're just arbitrary.

  2. The really good reason was that computer formatting seldom allows one to indent if a line goes beyond the page/window width. But I think people get it anyway. And I changed the template for a wider column - which has other disadvantages, sorry: slower to load.

    It comes down in the end to what one likes, doesn't it? Author's choice.

    Interestingly, I found I was beginning to write in a different way when having initial capitals in mind at the outset, and a couple of pieces would actually have worked better if I'd left them like that. But it's an infinitesimal thing, and I opted for consistency. Most of the time, I DIDN'T have it in mind; my head was still where it was used to being and I would have to go through and capitalise later.

    In the end, I just experienced then as too restrictive.

  3. Ah, I see. Your reasoning that is. I think you're right - it mostly just comes down to preference. But yes, I also find it restrictive.