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  • About poetry
  • Articles about poetry and favourite poems by others
  • My Poems
  • From sonnets to villanelles, limericks to ballads, the occasional rap and plenty of straightforward rants, serious and humorous and sometimes both, here is Janine's verse.
  • 1980s Ranting Poetry: The Big J
  • Janine performed poetry in the 1980s as The Big J. This section contains poems, articles and other bits n bobs from this historic era.
  • Acrostics
  • An acrostic is a poem in which the first (or sometimes, the last) letter of each line spells out a word or phrase.
  • Ballads
  • Each stanza has four iambic lines, of four, three, four and three beats. The four lines rhyme abcb, and balladeers may use an internal rhyme in the first and third lines.
  • Festive Funnies
  • Some daftly-rewritten Christmas odes
  • Formal poetry
  • Villanelles, sonnets, haiku, limericks and more ... Not all Janine's poems follow strict forms, but these ones do ...
  • Clerihew

    Four lines, two rhyming couplets. The first line is the name of a person. The rhymes and the line lengths are allowed to be - supposed to be, even - a bit rubbish.

  • Golden shovels

    A golden shovel takes another poet's poem (or extract) and uses its words as the end words of the lines of a new poem. So if you read down the right-hand side, just the last word of each line, of the golden shovel, you will be reading the poem that inspired it. The golden shovel expands, develops or even changes the meaning of the original.

  • Haiku

    First: five syllables Next line: seven syllables Last: five syllablesThere are some other rules too, but I'm ignoring them.

  • Limericks

    Five-line poems, usually funny or light-hearted; the first, second and fifth lines rhyme with each other; the third and fourth lines also rhyme with each other, and are shorter.

  • Pantoums

    A form of poetry comprised of a series of quatrains; the second and fourth lines of each stanza being repeated as the first and third of the next, until the last stanza, where the second and fourth lines are the third and first lines of the first stanza. Got that? Good.

  • Sonnets

    Fourteen lines of iambic pentameter. The two most usual rhyme schemes are ababcdcd-efefgg (English/Shakespearean) and abbaabba-cdecde or abbaabba-cdcdcd (Italian/Petrarchan). The move from the first eight lines (the octave) to the remaining six lines (the sestet) often sees a turn in the poem's theme or 'argument'. Plus some fourteen-liners that are not strictly sonnets.

  • Triolet

    Eight lines. The first and second lines repeat as the seventh and last lines, and the first line also repeats as the fourth line. The rhyme scheme is  ABaAabAB, capital letters representing the repeated lines.

  • Four Lines That Rhyme
  • Quick quatrains with a rhyme scheme.
  • Villanelles
  • A nineteen-line poetic form consisting of five three-line stanzas (tercets) followed by a final, four-line stanza (quatrain).
  • Poetry Performances
  • In this section, you will find information about gigs past and future, plus a few videos of Janine performing,
  • SpOAKen Word Lewes
  • Janine ran Spoaken Word Lewes for two years, from September 2021 - spelt that way because it took place at the Royal Oak, 3 Station Street, Lewes, East Sussex.
  • Stealth Aspies
  • Janine performed as part of the Stealth Aspies theatre company, a group of autistic adults telling autistic life stories on stage.

Write Out Loud Sale

Write Out Loud Sale

Janine is a feature poet at the lovely Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside Arts Centre. Expect poems from Janine’s book, Amplify.  

Soteria in the Pub – a Sunday of solidarity

Soteria in the Pub 9 June 24

Three months on from the previous instalment, here comes an afternoon of information and entertainment from radical mental health campaign Soteria, featuring poetry from Janine, music from Dadford and Sons, and an open mic for others to contribute their experiences, thoughts, poetry or music.

District 6

District 6 Museum

District 6 is an area of Cape Town, South Africa, that had a population that was racially mixed until the Apartheid government decreed in 1966 that District 6 become whites-only. Sixty thousand black and coloured residents of District 6 were evicted and their houses demolished.

Dirty: Abuse, trauma, failure and hope

Dirty, by Holly Bars

In Dirty, Holly Bars has created an extraordinary, mighty, courageous, poetic record of child sexual abuse and of the ways in which survivors are traumatised and failed.

Oswestry Pride 2024 Variety Show

Oswestry Pride Variety Show

Dungeons & Drag Kings Founder Jenn Deere will be hosting the Oswestry Pride Variety Show at Attfield Theatre, featuring performances from Chester’s drag king Mr Brake Down, poet Janine Booth, drag queen Coco Canal, and more!

Poeting at Glastonwick 2024


Janine will be pumping out the poetry on the first night of the 2024 Glastonwick Festival, returning two years after her last tour de force at the Sussex shindig. Held at Coombes Farm, Coombes Road, Lancing BN15 0RS, Glastonwick is … Read more

Lip Service

Lip service

Maybe one day we won’t celebrate each month anniversary
Or one day our “I love you”s will start sounding rather cursory

Pride Is

Autistic Pride 2017

Pride is this:
the counter-march to prejudice

There’s a reason it was named:
Pride is refusal to feel ashamed.

Video: Job cuts

Job cuts

A poem in the Welsh poetic form of Clogyrnach (which is remarkably similar to a limerick), written in support of Unite the Union’s strike ballot of steel workers employed by Tata in South Wales, whose jobs are under threat.

Video: Steel workers’ jobs are on the line

Steel workers CF

A poem in the Welsh poetic form of Cyhydedd Fer, written in support of Unite the Union’s strike ballot of steel workers employed by Tata in South Wales, whose jobs are under threat.

Caffe Grande Slam, Dudley

Caffe Grande Slam

Venue: Caffe Grande at the Albionn, 15 Stone Street, Dudley, DY1 1NS Janine will be the feature poet at this mini-slam at the Caffe Grande in Dudley, in the West Midlands. Come along and hear her perform verse from her … Read more

Poke Your Woke


If your Daily Mail goes up in smoke
Then that’s because the world’s gone woke

Oooh Beehive: poetry in Swindon

Oooh Beehive

Janine is the feature poet at Oooh Beehive, Swindon’s Sunday afternoon poetry gig. More information on the Oooh Beehive Facebook page.

Poeting at Steyning Festival

Steyning Festival

Together with Henry Normal and Attila the Stockbroker, Janine provides some poetic content for the annual festival in Steyning, Sussex. A fantastic night of poetry from three Sussex legends of the poetry scene!

Powerful punk poeting at 0161 Festival


Janine takes to the acoustic stage of Manchester music and culture fest, 0161. Venue: Broughton Park Rugby Club, M21 7TL Details and tickets from the 0161 website, here

Oooh Beehive! Swindon

Oooh Beehive

Janine is the featured poet at Swindon’s Sunday afternoon poetry shindig. Venue to be confirmed.

International Women’s Day celebration, Ealing

Ealing TUC International Women's Day celebration

Janine’s annual poetic performance at Ealing Trades Union Council’s International Women’s Day celebration. There will also be speakers and music, and a good time will be had by all. Venue: to be confirmed