(1) Remember back here I posted a summer poem. Well, here's its winter sibling.
Bleak and winter
Suddenly the trees have not so much to say
The sun just blinks, then folds again
There's barely a whimper of warmth for us
Huddled in our burrows for the hibernation season
Heads thick with germs, full-on snivelling
Then we hark at the calendars 'Xmas is coming!
The goose, where's that fowl?
We will eat till we burst!'
But even the feast has us cold these days
Nothing's right (the humbug) - no wood, fewer trees
And we don't even know why we want what we want
Our guiding lights now dim and dirty
Stars, twinkling smiles, any flash can switch us
As we hunger for warming, stirring, helping
We dream of together, because apart it's all gone
Though it pains us, the forced plastic party of Xmas
Its crumpled paper hat and its family affairs
Without it what's left - the bitter midwinter
The coughing, the quiet
Dark nights, darker days
(2) So it's winter...doing some Xmas shopping? Here are a few books (all by bloggers or friends/associates of bloggers) that I have read this year and that I would recommend as Xmas present possibilities. All these are available online so buy them and make a blogger smile. :)
That's the first smiley face I've ever typed by the way. You know I am more a kiss (x) person.
Anyway here are the books:
John Baker 'Winged with Death' (novel) Buy (read my review)
Anna Dickie 'Heart Notes' (poetry) Buy (read my review)
Tom Duddy 'The Small Hours' (poetry) Buy (read my review)
Liz Gallagher 'The Wrong Miracle' (poetry) Buy (read an interview)
McGuire 'Riddled with Errors' (poetry) Buy (I haven't written about this yet...but I will...it's fantastic edgy writing...messy but alive...and for some reason I want to use the word 'spunky'...)
JoAnne McKay 'The Fat Plant' (poetry) Buy (read my review)
Hugh McMillan All his books (poetry) Go here and buy anything that's not nailed down
Nuala Ní Chonchúir 'Nude' (short stories) Buy (I haven't reviewed as such but these are the best short stories I've read in years)
Lemn Sissay 'Listener' (poetry) Buy (Again I haven't really reviewed this...but I do love it and I did mention it here)
Of course there's always my book too (hell, I'm so underground you can hardly see me).
And (3) I know what I want for Xmas...the Unthanks new CD! The band formerly known as Rachel Unthank and the Winterset are now the Unthanks (if you'd missed that memo) and here they are on Jools Holland's TV show (clog dancing and everything):
I love their sound so much...and I am kind of from their part of the world...so maybe I do have a spiritual home* after all.
*It's been a bit of theme this year plus I was talking with McMillan about it over here.
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