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  1. Mercian

    String, by Spike Milligan

    From the album: Poems copied out by Mercian

    This is one of Gunner Milligan’s poems from his book Silly Verse for Kids. I have omitted its ‘P.S.’, because I think that it detracts from the work’s pleasingly-pithy poetic gestalt. On a personal note, I need to practice my ‘serif handwriting’ more, not only to be able to incorporate the serifs less-awkwardly, but especially so that I write with e.g. uniform letter heights. And I definitely need to work on my ‘a’ 🙄 Ink: Pilot Blue/Black; Pen: Pilot Metropolitan, ‘CM’ nib; Paper: a sheet of Rhodia 80g/m2 ‘High Grade Vellum’, taken from a No. 13 bloc pad.

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  2. Mercian

    Rain, by Spike Milligan.jpeg

    From the album: Poems copied out by Mercian

    This is a copy of ‘Rain’, by Spike Milligan. It sometimes gets called ‘There are holes in the sky’. When zoomed-in this close, one can really see how poor my writing is - in my defence, your Honour, many a work that is still in-progress can look like nothing but an appalling mess 😉 In this case, it looks like one because it is an appalling mess! 😁 Pen: 1960s Parker Duofold Junior ‘M’; Ink: ESSRI; Paper: a sheet of 70g/m2 wide-ruled (8mm line separation) A4, taken from a WH Smith refill pad.

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  3. From the album: Poems copied out by Mercian

    This poem is ‘Comeclose and Sleepnow’ by Roger McGough. The poet actually visited my school when I was about ten or eleven years old (maybe twelve?). We were all gathered for a special Assembly, and he read some of his poems to us. The paper on which I scrawled this is an A4 sheet of wide-ruled (8mm) 70gsm paper from a ‘WH Smith’ refill pad; The ink is Ecclesiastical Stationery Supplies Registrars’ Ink (aka ESSRI); The pen is my 1960s English Parker Duofold Junior. No width-grade is marked for its nib. I estimate it to be a ‘vintage’ ‘M’ - i.e. similar to a modern ‘F’. The more that I use this pen with this ink, the more that I like it 😊 That said, I have not yet tried to clean it out. Attempting to do that may perhaps change my opinion. I hope that it doesn’t 🤞

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  4. Mercian

    The Tiger, by William Blake.jpeg

    From the album: Poems copied out by Mercian

    Because Stripy Cat is ♥️ 😊 Also because this famous poem is immediately striking and also rewards deeper, more-contemplative reading. Blake engraved this poem more than once, and different copies contain varying punctuation. I have retained some elements of Blake’s 18th-century punctuation, but have updated the spelling of the name of the eponymous stripy cat (from “Tyger” to ‘Tiger’), and have replaced Blake’s “sieze” with the currently-accepted spelling ‘seize’. Paper: an A4 sheet of wide-lined (8mm line separation) 70gsm paper from a ‘WH Smith’ brand refill pad. Pen: Pilot Metropolitan with ‘CM’ nib. Ink: Pilot ‘Blue/Black’ from a cartridge.

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  5. Mercian

    ‘The Voice’ by Thomas Hardy.jpeg

    From the album: Poems copied out by Mercian

    Another poem scrawled out by me. This time in Lamy ‘Dark Lilac’ (2016 LE ink) from a T10 cartridge in my Lamy Safari ‘All Black’ (2018 LE pen) with its ‘F’ nib. To better understand this poem, one needs to know a little about Hardy’s relationship with his first wife, Emma, who this poem appears to be about. I won’t go in to it here, you can look it up if you’d like to. She died in 1912, and he published this in 1917. One can read it as an elegiac love-poem, but to me it seems more like an admission of the selfishness of human (male?) desire, coupled with an acknowledgement of his own approaching mortality.

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  6. From the album: Poems copied out by Mercian

    Never mind the notes, I hope that you can make sense of my habitual hurriedly-scrawled, hamfisted ‘hand’! I produced this mess while (ab-)using pen, ink, and paper that all deserve better treatment.

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  7. essayfaire

    Portugese, anyone?

    I'm working on a poem that uses English and Portuguese. I don't speak Portuguese, though I can follow a fair amount. I was wondering if anyone fluent could look at some of my lines and tell me it they sound "off" to a native speaker. Will post when I have a finished poem!
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    From the album: crvs

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    From the album: crvs

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  10. Here is my updated review of the Ottergami journal, now that I have been using it for a few months. I originally wrote it out in the journal but decided to copy it out onto a writing pad to make it more legible. In the journal: and here is the more carefully writ version (also redactions incorporated!): I see a correction already, should have been "pages'" . Apologies.
  11. Hi all! I'd like to introduce you to my site, oakenreed.com! Admittedly, the site I created is not solely based on fountain pens, but it was undoubtedly the initial goal. I will soon be reviewing a few pens and inks I've accrued over the past couple of years, from recommendations from you all or otherwise. I'm currently having a giveaway, but while my PIF is being moderated over there, please head on over and check it out for yourself. I also tend to write poetry and stories, so if that appeals, I hope to see you there!
  12. #thetimeflowsquietlythelifemakesapoem Hello everyone! Just joined FPN a couple of days ago! Thought I might write about something and commune with the pen community! Few months ago, I started a personal hashtag (#thelifemakesapoem) in Instagram INSPIRED BY A NOTEBOOK COVER "Time Flows Quietly,The Life Makes a Poem". Bought in Mr.DIY, a convenient store in Malaysia Its a project where I adapted some of my friends or well established authors or key person in history; quotes, poetry, poems, prose and sometimes videogames' character creed; and write them into my notebook. Credits to the author of course! The reason I do this is because; First. To hone my craft and skill with a fountain pen. Second. It promotes bilingual culture through the beauty of language. Third. To share common interests and hobbies with old and new friends. Last but not least, fourth. To take part in the dazzling action of writing community of the world especially those who are zealous for fountain pens! I am a newbie here and I saw the creative expressions forum and saw lots of amazing threads. Although, to be honest I haven't read a lot about them since I've limited time in my schedules. I hope to share something with you fine folks here in FPN and hopefully to share lots of creative ideas and reasons to write! Don't forget to check my ig @justhaikal Stay creative and Write on!
  13. PrestoTenebroso

    Words For **my Girlfriend** To Live By

    This is a poem I wrote for my girlfriend who was having trouble with an unpleasant work colleague. Inks are all Noodler's: Black Swan in Australian Roses, Lexington Gray, and a diluted combination of Nikita and Heart of Darkness I call "Soviet Perseverance".

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