On

On This watch is automatically aligned to the body movements of the wearer, meaning when that person lies down its hands close together at twelve o'clock, three o'clock and nine are brought on by sitting in opposite directions, and five and seven mean feet up, two, bent over, ten, bent back. In sleep, watch becomes [...]

A Cento: The Patchwork Mermaid’s First Day on Land

According to Ron Padgett in The Handbook of Poetic Forms, a 'Cento (from the Latin meaning 'patchwork' )is ...a poem made entirely from pieces of poems from other authors'. I've been seeking out my favourite translated poems so today I'll extract random lines from a lovely collection, 'The Fifty Minute Mermaid' by Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill [...]

Postcard of Flora

This is a fresco of the goddess, Flora, and was my favourite exhibit in the recent 'Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum' exhibition at the British Museum. She was rescued by the Bourbons, apparently, and was situated in the Vialla of Ariadne at Stabiae. She represents an archetype of Spring, in her saffron-coloured robe [...]

Experimental form -Equinoctial

This is a made-up form for an activity. It is called an Equinoctial. An Equinox denotes equal day and equal night. The Equinoctial has these features and rules: 24 lines A discernible shift from one state to its opposite/oppositional in either/and/or subject and form. A notable 'hinge' or 'portal' line when the shift happens 2 [...]