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Monday, 15 February 2010

Pen names

I'm interested in why people use pen names. Do you have a pen name? If so, why? How did you decide on your chosen name?


  1. Hi Vivienne,
    I use a couple of pen names. I am a member of a Spanish haiku group called elrincondelhaiku (haiku corner) and they all have Japanese pseudonyms, but I have chosen Johhny Yen as mine as it´s a song title by my favourite band, James. Sometimes, for devilment, I write straight to the point responses to Spanish blogs etc. when farmers are complaining (as usual) about their losses and how poor they are under the psuedonym of Paco Pancetta (Frankie Fatbelly). This is so they don´t string me up as their response usually calls for me to be castrated, at least haha.
    Dsvid Urion

  2. Johhny Yen I could get away with, but Frankie Fatbelly?! You are on your own with that one!


An inspired poem

Dear Vivienne
inspiration from your blog picture
A Camera’s Eye View

Looking into a picture, starting from top left
The crows nests in the tree tops, gray sky’s causing silhouettes.

Following down the left hand edge, bare branches topped with snow
Tree trunks for all of us to see, as black as any crow.

Houses nestled in the woodland, roofs and chimneys tall
The evergreen of the fir trees, masking most, but not them all.

Let the eye drop down the river bank, small bushes all aglow
Standing proudly in the ground, topped off with winter snow.

The shallow water still and silent, bed rocks sticking through
Dark reflections of the trees, and individual branches too.

Suddenly a burst of light, of sunshine and of blue
Reflected in the river Tyne, intended just for you.

Feel that inspiration, as you stare in fascination
I’m glad you took your camera, and captured this creation

Ray Johnson.
looking forward to the mag best wishes