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Thursday, 16 December 2004

Foundling - Leave him alone with rage

A pause caused by days of travelling. Now, today a sonnet from my collection "Blue's Song of the Earth". If you want to see more of these, send me an email or leave a comment.

Foundlings Twelve: Leave him alone with rage

Source: ‘Turn of Events’ by Nigel Suratt)

Like the last time he looked onto this page,
When it spat like the recollections of
Condescending scum of a bygone age.
Didn’t put his hand to his mouth to cough.

Savage relinquished memory they gave.
Take it away, leave him alone with rage.
Let the sense of their dignity behave,
Be the measure, be the temperature gauge.

The sun sets like it never did before.
Sky goes red, anger passes into peace,
Leaves the madness which knows how to keep score,
Places itself in the solitude which
Makes itself uncomfortable so that he’s
Alone in the dark waiting for some switch.

Thursday, 9 December 2004

Breathing Out

I did a review of the poetry book ' Breathing Out' produced by a Women's Writers Group in St Louis. The review is on Gerald England's excellent website and can be found here.

I was really pleased to receive a copy of an email from Gerald yesterday with a copy of a note from one of the poets. The poet, Karen Mondale, was writing to say thank you for the review. I was really positive in the review, because this was a book of wonderful poems, many of them deeply moving.

Why do I mention the email? The thing it brings to mind is the remarkable ability of the internet to connect people. I have had five situations recently where something I have put on the internet has put me in contact with someone with whom I would normally have no hope of making a connection. It's a fantastic way to break down barriers.

Monday, 6 December 2004

Not another Garbarek post!

This is just a short post to point out that Jan Garbarek's latest album which I reviewed and raved about recently, has been nominated for a Grammy award. It has also been chosen as one of the Songlines magazine 'Top of the World' CDs in the latest issue of the magazine.

After years of work, creativity, blood, sweat and tears - it looks likely that Garbarek is now going to get the levels of recognition that he deserves. That's great news.