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Poster poems: forgetting

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National Poetry Day asked us to remember. Heres your chance to consider the other side of the coin, with your poems on the everyday phenomenon of obliteration

Thursday was National Poetry Day, with this years theme being memory or at least I think it was. I seem to remember weve already covered memory on Poster poems, but before that slips entirely from our minds perhaps we should consider the other side of the coin.

Forgetfulness can be sweet or bitter, sought after and welcomed or unwanted and fought against, depending on your circumstances. One way or the other, forgetting tends to be a process rather than an event, gradual and not sudden. Weve all had the experience of picking up a favourite book that we havent read for years and being unable to remember anything beyond the vague outlines of plot and character and a couple of vivid phrases. This everyday phenomenon serves as starting point for Billy Collinss poem Forgetfulness, an exploration of that slow descent into memory loss we call life.

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