Tagged with poetry

Paterson

Paterson

I was a huge fan of Jim Jarmusch when he first started out. Down By Law is still one of my favourites, but have been less impressed with his more recent work. Adam Driver stars as a bus driver whose name is the same as the town where he lives, which is almost the most … Continue reading

Master Percy Praises The Lever Museum

Master Percy Praises The Lever Museum

Eighteenth century England produced a lot of child proteges who were often put on display by their partents and guardians in a way that to modern eyes seems like exploitation, but for families of humble birth could provide a welcome income. Some went on to achieve well deserved success such as the future President of … Continue reading

Singing Together

I’ve been enjoying reading singer fro Everything but the Girl’s Tracey Thorne’s book ‘Naked at the Albert Hall. She has a lot of great insights into the art and craft of the vocalist, but also of the importance of signing to us as people and as communities. Something I never thought about is why kids … Continue reading

Tower Poetry

War is a time of destruction not of building, especially of churches, so the restoration of Barholm church near Stamford was a rarity in the time of Charles I. The following was carved to commemorate it: “Was ever such a thing Sence the creation? A new steeple built In the time of vexation I.H. 1643

Poetry versus Song

This is from the book John Clare by John Lucas, about an agricultural worker who gained some fame for his poetry in the early 19th century, at a time when his beloved countryside in Northamptonshire was being enclosed, and access was being criminalised. He suffered severe mental health problems and died n 1864. “In 1825 … Continue reading

Middle Class Grafitti

This was a feature on the radio last night and three were some gems. I can’t remember where these two came from; I thin either Oxford or Cambridge: “Carol Ann Dufy for Poet Laureate” “Life is not a Paragraph” But my favourite is an addenda for a street sign in oh, so genteel Bath: Henrietta … Continue reading

More Than Words

“Friday¬†he’s too tired, Saturday too drunk, And Sunday, he’s too far away.” The last line was the title of an Australian film, but the whole comes from ‘The Shearer’s Wife’s Lament’. It is an intriguing piece of prose, and rather beautuful. I love it because it is so compact, so precise – more like Latin … Continue reading

Misunderstandings and Bannings

Misunderstandings and Bannings

One of the great literary events ever was the Ern Mally Hoax. Two ¬†bored poets created him during their world War II national service, in Australia, as a protest against modern poetry. They wrote to the poetry magazine ‘Angry Penguins’ pretending to be the sister of rrecently deceased Ern, offering some poems she had found … Continue reading

First Contact: Recorded Sound

First Contact: Recorded Sound

One of the stories I most enjoyed working on as a writer/publisher was that of the journal of a friend’s grandfather from the first World War. He was in the navy and mentioned in passing how his brand new ship arrived at a Polynesian island where nobody had ever seen a white person. They were … Continue reading