Travel poem number 2 about Istanbul. I depart the shiny new tram taste sage tea hundreds of years in the making consumed near a Muslim graveyard, where I espied silhouettes of crescent moons, stars under pitch black skies. As I dodge mutant dancing zebras, vehicles screech to halt at the light. Garish clothes, piled onContinue reading “Travel Poetry – 2”
I have decided to try a new genre called Travel Poetry – I hope you like it. Small squads of tourists heading to the palace in Kadriorg Park, each with a different photo to take, It is a mini-Versailles according to the locals. The President’s pink house is there for all to see cyclists, sunbathers,Continue reading “Travel Poetry – 1”
Poets such as Ian Hamilton Finlay and Augusto de Campos have shaken words out of standard verse structure and rearranged them in striking, enigmatic new forms. Here are some of the teasing, amusing and vivid results
The National Trust has commissioned the poet to write verse in praise of the coastline he has circumnavigated ‘thousands of times’ and where he first experienced the wonder of rock’n’roll
Younger and smaller than most great American cities, San Francisco has a rich cultural heritage. Anisse Gross picks out the literary landmarks of this west coastal city, from its first newspaper chroniclers to the Beats and beyond
An excerpt from this book – 40 Humourous British Traditions The whole world knows about the Limerick, a five-line poem with a rhyming scheme of a,a,b,b,a. Fewer people have heard about the Strathpeffer, which is an eleven line poem with the rhyming scheme a, b, c, d, a, b, e, e, c, d, e. TheContinue reading “The StrathPeffer Poetry Contest”
One of the 20th century’s most influential poets, Eliot died 50 years ago this month. He often wrote of the fragility of memory, but much do you recall about his work?