In Defence of a Nightwatchman

I've had a few lapses with my writing a poem a day but maybe can catch up near the end of the month. I'm reading a few poets in translation at present and this poem is influenced by a poem by Dutch poet, Ester Naomi Perquin, 'In Defence of a Nightwatchman'. from her collection, 'Napkins … Continue reading In Defence of a Nightwatchman

Dewi Danur -Goddess of the Lake

Dewi Danu is a Balinese goddess who lives on Mount Batur and controls the crops. She hangs outside my bedroom with her 'sister' and a red dragon. I like to think she brings luck. Dewi Danu Like a figurehead, but longer and not fixed to any ship, she hangs outside my room, out of her … Continue reading Dewi Danur -Goddess of the Lake

Before – A Fibonarch

This is one of several made-up forms I and other poets devised in a workshop. This is N's form and my poem having a go at using it. Fibonarch: The poem rises and falls to a Fibonnaci sequence of words (mathematical sequence in which each successive number is the sum of the two preceding numbers). … Continue reading Before – A Fibonarch

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

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 … Continue reading Postcard of Flora

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 … Continue reading Experimental form -Equinoctial