Don’t tell me what to do!

And that’s why I started Ship Street Poetry

I am pretty sure that most of us don’t like being told what to do, and that maybe some of us are just a little more vocal about it than others.

Well I am one of the vocal ones.

That’s not to say I cannot take direction from people that know a lot more about a subject than I do.

But it does go without saying that I get very very shitted off when someone attempts to tell me what I should say, how I should say it as well as any other “wonderful unsolicited” bits of advice about MY life.

Sure, if I ask an opinion go for it hit me with your rhythm stick of wisdom and opinions, but if not Just DON’T!

Now other than being vehemently opposed to being told what to do I am also quite impatient with most things, ………. sound like a treat don’t I?

When looking to publish My Rabid Fucking Soul I contacted 4 publishing companies with the self-publishing model in mind. I thought that by going through publishers as a self-published author I would not come across some random stranger who knows nothing about me trying to dictate to me what I should NOT call my book or what I should NOT put in it. Well how bloody wrong was I?

Some were more polite than others, one just damn condescending and rude. BUT in essence I was not heard and my business was not wanted because maybe my book wasn’t what they personally would have wanted to read after being busy handing out their unsolicited wisdom to a pile of poor unsuspecting people all day bloody long.

In my opinion if it means anything, is that we should all be able to create books and art and music that moves us and hopefully moves others without the thought police trying to conform everyone to their way of life.

I created Ship Street Poetry because I wanted to be in control of my own words and artistic ideas , without having to get someone’s permission to do so. I have decided that Ship Street Poetry is also here to support other writers and artists with the same.

The name Ship Street Poetry came from a street sign I took a photo of one xmas eve not too long ago after leaving my favourite wine bar, the fact that it sounded very close to Shit Creek was just a bonus.

So my piece of “unsolicited wisdom”  to others is this,

Create what you feel to create and when someone tells you to do it differently tell them to piss off.

What, you’re Offended?

You mean you want to clone yourself!

I would like to think of myself as a relatively intelligent person that has good reasoning skills BUT I cannot for the life of me understand the whole OMG I am offended Fad.

Seriously what is there to be offended about?

After not much thought I have come to the conclusion that It comes down to an issue of wanting to indulge in self-cloning.


  • I want you to eat the same types of food I eat.
  • I want you to love the same gender that I do.
  • I want you to pray to the same god I do.
  • I want you to use the same language that I do.

The list is almost endless.

If that’s not the underlying intention to have the rest of the planet exactly like ourselves then what is it?

It’s a phenonium to me especially as it seems that many people don’t even like who they are anyway yet alone to have to interact with a world full of themselves.

Seriously then what kind of world would we be left with where we couldn’t think we were better than others because they are different?

It’s true, I am an amateur!

If someone was to say that I am an amateur I would have to agree.

After all, not only did I use my Galaxy Phone to take the photos for My Rabid Fucking Soul but I also had my grandson Jarrod take photos for the book as well.  He was 9 at the time.

My poems have won no awards, in the writing circles I am a non-heard of, I have no photography training, damn even Ship Street Poetry was only founded months ago.

But I am wondering, does that matter?

It used to matter to me and that’s why I didn’t start, I am a little bit of a perfectionist and only wanted really great things to be written and created.

But the thing is, how do we become great at something without being a bit shit first? Notice I said a bit shit not a lot shit?

If it wasn’t for Craig Stone telling me to stop talking about writing a book and start doing it then I may still be “talking” about it right into my nursing home days.

You see there comes a time when you just have to make the decision to do what you have visualized and take the steps you are able towards that vision.

The rest will present itself, it did for me and I am just an amateur.