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AofA Poetry Evening – Introducing the Poets

Reading Time: 14 minutes From our inception in 2016, Advantages of Age has always had a proclivity for poetry. In 1936, William Butler Yeats, widely considered one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, described Edith Sitwell’s poetry – ‘Her language is a traditional language of literature — twisted, torn, complicated, choked here and there by strange resemblances, […]

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AofA People: Debra Watson – Performer, Tutor, Poet

Reading Time: 6 minutes Debra Watson, 53, is a wildly exciting woman. She runs a participative theatre, art and media charity. She’s a performer who’s interested in intimate methodologies. She’s a tutor. She does sensual poetry performances as part of The Crimson Word, The Bloody Poets and the Poetry Brothel London. Her next performance is this Thursday where she […]

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What the Hell is Binaural Dating?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Binaural dating. #bethedate was the offer that came to my inbox. ‘Oh yes!’ I thought, ‘that sounds fun,…. an audio experience that looks at dating from the inside out. With a waiter that Waits and a Chef to guide you. What’s the worst that could happen?’ Well, the worst that could happen couldn’t possibly be […]

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Why Consent Still Matters: ‘No is No’, and ‘Yes is Yes’!

Reading Time: 11 minutes “To exercise power costs effort and demands courage. That is why so many fail to assert rights to which they are perfectly entitled – because a right is a kind of power but they are too lazy or too cowardly to exercise it. The virtues which cloak these faults are called patience and forbearance.” (Nietzsche: […]

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Last of the Summer Sun

Reading Time: < 1 minute Black-eyed Sue traipsed across the heath                                                                                     Facing the last of the summer sunIt kissed her face golden. I could see the fainttraceof her smileas she ripped to piecesthe chorus of a love songshe didn’t believe in. She mentionedthat you’d been around with a bottle […]

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Tonight Old Friend

Reading Time: < 1 minute Tonight old friend I immerse myself in you Wanting you same as I always did When we were young and the violet Jacaranda fell carelessly in hazy blooms around our feet Later though we were still freshly blossomed; Both busy reaping the sky of stars, On occasion I fell into you, Carefully Detached and light […]

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I Blame the Gin

Reading Time: 8 minutes A number of years ago, in my mid 40s, I fell madly, wildly, secretly, unrequitedly, sexually in love with someone half my age. I was stunned. I felt like David Byrne had taken residence in my head, dancing around singing, ‘How did I get here?’ My body was on fire. I was obsessed and had […]