Poetry Review ... Writing Home was thrust thru the mailbox and its full of fascinating inclusions such as
Roger McGough ... the Nation's favourite poet writes ...;
You say if we hid under bushes
or darted from shade to shade
then we might get by unnoticed
Unlikely. We are vastly outnumbered
As we speak, they're out there
scythes at the ready, playing hide and seek
Me under a bush, you in the shade
someone counting to ten, sharpening a blade
A lovely poem so lets continue along the same lines ..
George Szirtes ... from .. Postcards ... a verse ..
Once I lived in a country of small disasters
In cities of perpetual mourning, rain
fell black as creosote leaving a stain
we couldn't remove. Streets with whole clusters
of houses vanished. Towers, commercial signs,
doorways, post-boxes, long, stabbing rows
of terrible showers. Even railway lines
were gone. I had been here before and lost
my bearings. Now they were lost again. each small
disaster was a form of tenderness that cost
a life. It was tenderness that was falling through
the space between us. It was what we knew
that kept us here, that kept us alive at all.
The Imaginative Bloodstream by Carol Rumens
which refers to:
Fleur Adcock ... Dragon Talk : Bloodaxe, £7.95
Elaine Feinstein, Cities, Carcanet £9.95
a lengthy article which holds to the value of these two writers ..Fleur Adcock .. experience of emigration is complex
Elaine Feinstein also tackles emigration and alienation in her book "Cities" ...."a shiver of unease as if / encountering the dead". some lines from that writer/poet ..
Before putting the book back on my bookshelf .. another interesting reference to Simon Armitage - Seeing stars, Faber, £12.99 and look out for it "Simon will be passing round his troubadour's hat".
Great stuff .............. keep on punning poetically and creating those poems .. every poem is worth a pound and the pound in your pocket is best kept in your purse!