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Meme from [livejournal.com profile] swing_set: When you see this, post a poem in your journal.

'Deep Sorriness Atonement Song', by Glyn Maxwell )
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I want you to tell me the story
Of the Cherokee man
You once knew.
How he brought new
and exciting presents
For your sons.
A Mickey Mouse watch.
Bubblegum.

I want you to tell me about
Motorbikes and fairgrounds.
About the roar of the crowd
And the thrill of speed.
About being so far
Ahead of your time
No-one could catch you.

I want you to tell me
About second chances.
About a tall man with
Kind eyes and a quick mind.
About a houseful of children.
About love.

I want you to
Tell me about Belfast.
About O'Hara's baps you
Had to eat with both hands.
About watching your
mother make lace.
About the people on
your street.

I want to take back
All the times
I didn't sit and listen
Because you were old
And I was young
And impatient.
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Man it is good to get back to class, it's great to have something to make the brain work. I like this week's homework, it's not something we've done before. We have to write a poem of our own based on Kit Wright's The Magic Box )

We have to start the same way, and follow the same structure. Teresa likened it to art students copying other artists' work in galleries, to get a feel for techniques they might not have used before. I have a couple of verses down, and I'm enjoying it, but I love the original :-)
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I woke up to a real treat this morning. Woke up at 6, couldn't get back over, so I put on the telly with half a mind to watching The Hoobs for some brainless entertainment, but switched on ITV instead of C4, just in time to see John Hegley appear. But not reading anything of his own (although he did afterwards, so I was doubly chuffed) but reading Tarantella. This was Hillare Belloc as you've never heard it read. A far cry from dry and serious readings, and all the better for it, it's such a rythmic, passionate poem. He almost rapped it... it was amazing!

If that wasn't enough, the programme turned out to be an easter special of GMTV's Sunday Programme, with various poets and others reading and talking about their favourite prose and poems, and on straight after John Hegley was Roger McGough, (whose work I've loved since I first read The Lesson aged about 8...) reading two from his latest anthology, Everyday Eclipses. I've actually read it (God bless the library van) but hearing two of my favourites read... was fabulous.

What a lovely way to wake up!

And as this has been all about poetry, here's one of my very favourites, and a happy easter to you, if you're celebrating :-)

Phenomenal Woman )
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and her evil computer, Madscot and all other techies, and anyone who has ever screamed blue murder at the blue screen of death, I present one of my favourite poems, by the peerless Les Barker. (Have the tune of 'When I'm Cleaning Windows' in your head while you're reading it, and you can't go far wrong...)

Reinstalling Windows
-Les Barker

I bought a new computer,
It cost two thousand pound;
But every time I switch it on
It keeps on falling down.

I used to think it was my friend
Now it drives me round the bend;
You'd be surprised the time
I spend Reinstalling Windows.

I switch it on; what is this?
Something wrong with config.sys;
This isn't my idea of bliss,
Reinstalling Windows.

I want to share my printers and
I want to share my files,
I want to share my anger 'cos
It drives me bloomin' wild.

Load disk four, oh what fun!
It says it helps you get things done;
Every day now everyone's
Reinstalling Windows.

Load disk ten; it will say
All you do is plug and play
Why do I spend every day
Reinstalling Windows?

It can't find my printer
It can't locate my mouse;
The other day it told me that
They were in some other house.

Still unplugged, still unplayed,
I E-mailed God in search of aid
He's far too busy I'm afraid:
Reinstalling Windows.

Up at dawn for one more try;
Does it work? Can pigs fly?
How do I expect to die?
Reinstalling Windows.

It doesn't like my modem and
Detests all CD-ROMs;
let's see if the setup wizard
Recognizes bombs.

I used to like a drink or three;
No time now, don't call for me;
I'm going to spend eternity
Reinstalling Windows.

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