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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, December 21, 2005
    From bad to verse

    Jane's poetic quest, documented previously on this site, has made a full page in today's Society Guardian.

    "Stick me in a field of daffodils and I won't come up with any poems; put me on a building site and it's different," Jane Canning says. For years she's been reacting to the demise of our local estate by writing poems which have a prophetic edge, as described by her supporter and my colleague Mark: "She complains to those in power that they are not using their power very well," he says. "She has energy, bravery and courage."

    It's a decent article and good exposure for Jane's - and the local community's - cause. 'She is ... canny enough to know that her poems are an effective way to get up the noses of officials,' writes David Ward. His timely feature may give some of them something substantial to chew on over the holidays.