Details of the next poetry & music event I'm organising are now up here. Go and have a look – it's all very exciting.
And speaking of poetry Dominic Rivron put up a poetry challenge thing last week (see how good I am with language...'thing'...so unexpected...) and I've been working on it a bit this week. I struggled with it to be honest – at one point I started to just hate words which is a totally new state for me...where poetry is concerned anyway...but it seems to have passed for now. The task was to go and listen to the track 'Ghost Road Berlin' over at this myspace page, to write as you listened, go away, fiddle a bit and then post the results. And my goodness have I fiddled! The music/sound on the track is fairly sparse and that was part of the problem I suppose but Dominic likes that kind of thing and I like him so I'm willing to give it a go. Here's the piece I came up with.
Deep in the ocean in an old diving suit An aquatic astronaut with no sky to see Dull boots on my feet to weigh me low I'm waiting
Hanging by a rope to nowhere fast Adrift for dead and falling by degree I see no-one and the sea sees me I'm looking
It could be an ocean or a giant's swimming pool How would I know - no clues on me Day upon day filled high with brine I'm tired
Harsh metal noises – clunks and scrapes I hear all wrong and I cling to free My head rattles hard in its helmet jail Still waiting
Go gently. x
p.s. Photo above was looking out towards Scurdie Ness, by Montrose on 1st January this year.
Originally from the north of England, I live in Angus, Scotland where I walk a lot, think a lot, listen to lots of music, sometimes write poems, sometimes read poems out to other people, sometimes write songs, read all kinds of odd things, watch a bit...oh and I look after my family too.
I sometimes organise poetry and music events - details are usually here (though nothing coming up in the near future). This year I went travelling with my family - photos and notes are here. Now we're back I have moved to a new regular blog - it is here.
More about the song
You can buy my book (published 2008) from my website if you fancy it (go to 'book' page) or from www.amazon.co.uk if you prefer the comfort of the multinational corporation. My book is printed on recycled paper and card. I have 12 different poetry postcards available too.