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Poetry workshop: The whole picture

Poetry is the perfect medium to capture a brief moment in vivid detail, explains Alison Chisholm

What is more gripping than a detailed journal?

What is more visual than a photo? How can a memory be brought to mind with startling clarity? How can that memory live for someone who wasn’t there at the time? How can an emotional situation be communicated without sentimentality? The answer to all these questions is, of course, poetry; and Gillian Dunstan of Tipton St John, Sidmouth, Devon, demonstrates the point in her poem.

Gillian has been writing short stories for many years, but poetry has proved to be an exciting new departure, and one that has met with success. She has won two of Writing Magazine’s poetry competitions – a terrific achievement.

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