Poetry and Spaces

Coventry

Dear Dot,

Re:EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT: Coping with a Glasto come down

Coventry..

This post was inspired by a visit a couple of weeks ago to the exhibition of Matisse cut-outs currently on at the Tate Modern. The cut-out period of Matisse’s art coincided with his late sixties, when his health deteriorated and painting became difficult – but the exhibition guides were very keen to stress that we shouldn’t see his work with painted paper, scissors, glue and pins as just a substitute for his ‘real’ art form. And one of the things that most brought home to me what a vibrant medium Matisse had discovered was the way his cut-outs inhabited his workspace. One room of the exhibition was devoted to designs Matisse had made on the walls of his bedroom.

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EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT– Coping with the Glasto come down with the help of Poetry

Coventry

Dear Dot,

Re: Review David Greaves “Cicarda”

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It is a chance to feel whole in a world which might have us chasing around like so many ants…Eat, sleep, rave, repeat, not just a vibration in space in the shadow of the Tor (thanks to Fat Boy Slim). Glasto, more than the sum of its parts, but how do it’ anthems translate shake themselves onto the page?

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Review: David Greaves’ ‘Cicada’

London

Dear Dot,

Re: Getting into a Wordy Groove

Coventry..

This week I wanted to share with you a poem that landed in my phone’s inbox a couple of months ago. I’m signed up to Poetry SMS, a joyous little service set up by Sheffield-born poet Andy Cook. Andy generously uses his monthly backlog of free texts to send subscribers (at no cost!!) regular poetry surprises; one Wednesday at the end of May, his offering was ‘Cicada’, by David Greaves.

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Getting into the Groove with Words

Coventry

Dear Dot,

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This week took a step towards completing the next assignment of my Writers’ Bureau Course (it’s grown a beard, is five years in the making). Monday morning WHS staff were faced down by me rooting through their art magazines to see who might accept an interview with an extremely friendly (and already extensively interviewed, for free, on the web), Horace Panter of The Specials – without buying a single one. It was a chance to compare genres; rhythm is no stranger to Horace, also a pop-art inspired visual artist, who plays the bass in three bands (the Specials are on tour in Autumn). And of course music and visual art jig from the groove of consciousness of it: poetry.

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Is Poetry a SMART goal?

 

Coventry

Dear Dot,

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Re: Cinnamon, Connections, and Unfinished Thoughts…

 

SMART goals must have a quantitative element to make them measureable according to the project management course I’m doing, but what impact does that sort of privileging of the quantitative over the qualitative have on how we relate to our environment ? I recently began an ecopoetics driven research project (a summer scheme post graduation).

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Cinnamon, Connections and Unfinished Thoughts…

 

London

Dear Dot,

Re: Slowing down to Listen

Coventry..

Below is a fragment of a poem written partly in response to your challenge of a few weeks ago (in ‘Doing Good Stuff With Poetry’). It also ties in with my attempt to find a third food metaphor for poetry, one that balanced the personal nourishment of the poet with an impetus for them to divert their focus from themselves, interact with the outside world and achieve something with broader reach and meaning.

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A skinny chai latte with soy milk and a pea sandwich to go

London

Dear Dot,

Re: Doing Good Stuff with Poetry

Coventry..

Your last post – giving such a forceful example of how poetry can forge ties across gulfs of experience, and inspire a collective will for major societal change – made me rethink a couple of metaphors for poetry I’d been thinking about. A few weeks ago, I went to a great local café to type up my blog post. Soothed and enlivened by its calm atmosphere, its arty décor and my delicious cuppa, I began playing with the question: how is a poem like a coffee shop?

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Doing Good Stuff with Poetry

Coventry

Dear Dot,

Re: Essay Wrangling

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Thanks for your letter, and I hope that this week has seen you driven forwards by all the hard work you have been doing on your essay (whilst we had over 1000 views of our site)!

Elaborating on last week’s subject of doing good stuff with poetry, last night reminded me that heavens can be prised open by putting poetry in charge, to relieve a smidgeon of human suffering of this world.

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