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The Real Woman Behind The Vixen Of Verse... (redacted 05/02/23)

I am divorced, 68 this year and live with my 2 lovely black & white cats (tuxedo cats), Rio who is 15 years old and Miss Molly who is just 4 years old. We live in Oldham which is in Greater Manchester. A former cotton mill town during the Industrial Revolution, it has lots of green parks and where I live it is near to the Yorkshire border and the lovely countryside of Saddleworth.

Sadly, now there is a lot of unemployment among the young population and the town badly needs some levelling up investment. I live in a first floor flat (apartment) with 2 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen with dining area, bathroom and utility room. I share the communal staircase with my lovely neighbour. We also share a garden with the 2 downstairs flats. My cats have access to the garden mornings and evenings but I keep them in overnight.

Back in 1985 I fled my marital home with my 2  sons following 2 years of domestic violence.

In 1998 my younger son, Evan Kenneth Paul Crossley died from a heroin overdose.

I am a British Army Veteran of the Northern Ireland Conflict.

I have lived and worked in Spain and speak the language fairly well. I still translate business letters for a friend. Sometimes I even write poetry in Spanish.

On 09/04/2023 I will be 68. I was born in 1955 so I am one of the Waspi Women who were robbed of in my case 2 years of my pension when the Tory/Lib Dems renaged on their promise to move the pension age up by 2 years at a time.

I am riddled with osteoarthritis and spondylitis and have been in a lot of pain for the last 22 years. I have had 2 new knee replacements which have helped tremendously. Now, I pace myself-most of the time and have found different ways of controlling the pain. I am also diabetic, control my high blood pressure and cholesterol with medication.

On 01/04/2023 I will begin my NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) or GloPoWriMo (Global Poetry Writing Month) which is in April. It is dedicated to writing a poem every day in April with NaPo/GloMo prompts or not!


This is a site I was asked to join late in April 2020 It is now 2023 and I continue to write a haiku as often as I can, sometimes more than one. It concentrates the mind and helps with focus.


SPEAK-EASY and WRITE & RELEASE have been very friendly, encouraging places, for me to regain my confidence.


I love writing short form poetry. The new-to-me Troiku is my latest challenge, but I love triolets, haiku, tanka, landay, Cherita, Cherita Terbalik, shadorma, treochair and more!


I continue to attend workshops at Oldham Writing Café. I have contributed ad hoc blog posts to OWC’s FaceBook Page.

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©The Vixen of Verse, 🦊, 2023

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