Welcome to the blog of Duncan Cleary.
In 2011, this blog started as an experimental exercise, written over the course of a year (March 2011 – February 2012), consisting of a series of poems, in sets of at least ten, each set with a theme. The themes were ‘War’, ‘Dinosaurs’, ‘Trees’, ‘Water’, ‘Sound’, ‘Youth’, ‘Ancient Man’, ‘Ruins’, ‘Hands’, ‘Fighter’, ‘Analytics’, ‘Polar Haiku’, ‘Tea’ and ‘Europa’.
One of this set of poems is also illustrated: ‘Dinosaurs’; there is a book, ‘Dinosaur Poems’, available.
A series of haiku/short poems continue, sometimes accompanied by photos, which I often call ‘Haito’. The themes keep popping up, too. Occasionally I post longer form poems.
A collaboration with friend Dave Walsh led to the inclusion of some haiku/short poems inspired by his remarkable Polar photography, in a book available here: ‘The Cold Edge’.
For 2021, I posted one haiku/short poem a day. I’ll try a different challenge for 2023.
All blog posts also get posted here: ‘@duncancleary’
You can also find me on Instagram duncan.cleary, scan the QR code below:
Thanks for visiting. Feedback is always welcome.
All entries © Duncan Cleary, 2023.
The background image on this blog was taken on Indian Wells Beach, Amagansett, Long Island, New York, in August 2010.
29 thoughts on “About”
Thanks for liking my post! I’m interested in your poems about war and dinosaurs. Those are interesting themes. Do you pick the themes yourself or are you open to suggestions?
Thanks for the message. I will put the war and dinosaur poems up here at some stage.
The themes are currently picked by myself, but open to suggestions; intend to do a year’s worth to begin with (i.e. 12 themes).
War and Dinosaur poems now available at links above.
Hmm, that sounds very interesting. I’d like to suggest a few: light, darkness, hope, wind, fire, home. I wouldn’t be offended if you didn’t pick any of those, though, since you have to write ten poems on one theme: it should be one that you feel strongly about.
Thanks for suggestions and feedback.
Looking forward to whatever comes next from you–love the diversity of topics, but that you delve so deeply into each one. As you probably know, I nominated you for the versatile blogger award. I appreciate your poetic insights and the way you tackle things from so many different angles. 🙂
Thanks for the nomination, and thanks for the very generous comments. Likewise am enjoying the diversity of your blog. I nominated you also on poetry palace.
I’m shocked at how few subscribers you have. A man of your talent deserves many more. Subscribing, unfortunately for me, doesn’t mean that I will be able to read your blog much more often. But I will make a conscious effort to stop by when I have the time. Also I nominated you for the Liebster Blog award. Keep up the good work!
so glad i stumbled onto your creative writing and ink drawings
Nice to meet you
David in Maine USA
Likewise and thanks for that, much appreciated. I enjoy your blog also, great haiku. Greetings from sunny Dublin.
Very nice , As usual keep it up
Since you’re from Dublin, I thought you might be interested in this other guy’s writing blogs. His name is Joe and he’s also from Dublin, and he likes to write haiku too like you do. He also writes other poems and stories. He has two blogs in case you’re interested:
Here’s his gravatar profile:
I really recommend him.
Thanks for likes and comments. I will check out your blog and Joe’s.
Thank you for taking a stroll through my blog today and for following. I admire your haiku…not one of my strengths so I will have to check in more often for inspiration. 🙂
Thanks for the follow also and the previous ‘likes’. I’ll make sure to explore your stuff more, I enjoyed reading your blog.
I am enjoying wandering through your thoughts on this Sunday afternoon…
so far only a few, but I will be back…it is time to starting feeding my somewhat zoo…
Wishing you a wonderful Sunday evening and a week in wonder ahead…
Take Care…You Matter…
Thanks for visiting. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Best regards, Duncan.
Your blog is very creative, love the thought and intention behind every post.
Thanks Sarah, very kind, Happy New Year to you.
Same to you 🙂
Great you got hold of the book “The Universal Soldier”.
Thanks, it is an excellent book. I agree it would be great to see it reissued.
Pleased to meet you. 🙂
Thanks for the likes and follow.
You are welcome. Feel free to visit my blog when you get the chance to. 🙂
“Message Adrift. A low probability, and yet, here you are.”
Found your message in a bottle today, at Maidstone while fishing off the jetty. Feb 2013! Very cool.
Hi Maggie, thanks for your message! Add your own and pass it on. 🙂