Stirred: We were three!

Three at 3MT!

Three at 3MT!

Lovely times at the 3MT, thanks so much to them for having us for our third birthday! There was cake there was poetry. And Gina wrote us a poem! Much chuffed, beautifully encapsulated:

Stirred stirs

Stirred provokes

Stirred pummels

untruths to

make them honest!

I’m loving the progression to pummels. Thanks so much to everyone who read from the new people to the trusted regulars, Steph Pike and Elmi Ali giving us their best stuff in the poetry roulette style reading.

The poetry task included responding to phrases from Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot. I’d spent the day reading Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s open letter from prison so it was on my mind, and it felt right to be remembering them on the birthday. The task was to take the words in the balaclava as the starting line or inspiration for a short poem.

Spoon Winner

Spoon Winner

Eyes fixed upon the strange lips

the words of coercion

spilling from some dark, intimate place

institutionalised syntax now demented,

aimed to plant new ideas of old problems

deep in the minds of those listening.

The listeners, limited.


Jon Hasen's poem

Jon Hasen’s poem

Fold away your beautiful thoughts

into the creases of your mind.

Never fear your words are art,

here does lie the sex of mind.

Narrow minds drive to and fro.

Anger, hatred’s seed they sew.

So fold away your beautiful thoughts

Warm to love of times to come.


Amazing stuff.

* Eyes fixed upon strange lips from Karen Press’s poem, Strange. 

* Fold away your beautiful thoughts from John Siddique’s poem, Thirst. 


Next Stirred is the Monday 18th November, theme: Frankenstein.


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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