Just revisiting my trip last year to cheer the dark days of a UK January.

Snorkelling, Peter Island. February 2015.

I lie suspended, spread eagled, hanging between the air I know

and the world all new to me below. I am a meniscus,

fine balanced, playing the surface tension,

suspended in the earth’s curve mirroring the surface.

I am motionless and washed by the gentle swell,

suspended. Gently I work my limbs, newly given force by fins.

A swish and I head in, expecting the first stubby sponges,

deepest russet red, giant hand corals planted on the rock

where I had left them the day before, planted in my mind’s eye.

Anticipation, breathing steady through the plastic tube and valve.

 

And here they are, staking out this submarine garden.

A lilac flat fish sails by with gentle subtle hues

against the soft cream sand. Angel fish trick the eye

with yellow band and rearguard spot, sightless protectors

to the little band. Astonishing jagged arrow fish graze the algal lawn,

pale cream and Art Deco arrow dart with  brilliant turquoise fin.

The  glitter of the damsel fish, electric blue and flat,

and tiny wriggly young, their fat pubescent tummies

deepest purest blue, with salt- crystal turquoise spangles,

fritillaries of the seas.

 

And back and forth the purple sea fans sway,

sieving the seas for all of time, and pipe fish roll

along the sandy floor in ceaseless swish and sway of swell upon the reef,

drawing me in. I am almost done, just revisiting each gem

in disbelief, imprinting on the inner eye.

A great grey grouper sails stately by

with pink and fleshy lips, impassive. I ate his cousin

the night before so wince apology.

 

And how would Darwin not have dwelt upon these wonders

had he seen, foundation of the origins of earth revealed

through a simple plastic tube and mask

and wondrous light.

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New Year

The year becomes new
on each 1st January
while I get older.

Yuko

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Hitchin Market on Sat. 28 November

Our anthology will be sold at Hitchin Market on Saturday 28 November. See the details about the Hitchin Markets.

Coming into Leaf poster

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Barnes/Chiswick and Amersham Stanza Bonanza

Barnes & Amersham Oct '15Here I am with my friends from Barnes & Chiswick, plus the Amersham poets, at the Poetry Café in London last night. A good time was had by all.

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October Reading at Poetry Cafe

Poetry ID member Dennis Tomlinson will be taking part in a reading, one of the Stanza Bonanza series, at the Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden, at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 28 October. Entry is free. He will be representing  his other stanza, Barnes & Chiswick, together with Paul Attwell, Nayna Kumari, Dino Mahoney, Diane Mulholland and Michael Weightman. The other participants will be coming from Amersham/Metroland. Judging by last year’s experience, this evening will be fun.

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Poetry Reading in Tokyo

Poetry Reading in Tokyo

A Poetry ID member Yuko Minamikawa Adams is going to read her Japanese poems with her poetry friends in Tokyo:

Monday, 12th October 2015

2.30pm starts

Poem & Gallery Cafe Nakaniwa no Sora 1-27-1 Asahigaoka, Nerima-ku, Tokyo, Japan (see the map).

Yuko Minamikawa Adams, Misako Yarita, Junko Arakawa, Maki Kitazume, Kanako Ura, Naha Kanie and other guests.

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National Poetry Day at David’s Bookshop on 8th October

Poetry ID National Poetry Day 2015

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Poésie visuelle Japonaise at Galerie Satellite, Paris

Click here to see all the exhibited works.

By Yuko Minamikawa Adams:

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Hear

Finish your meal, otherwise I can’t hear!

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Touch

Each time I touch, my fingers fall.

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Taste

Taste poems, not just reading them.

paris_4_smell

Smell

A sudden shower of perfume.


At the opening party

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Japanese visual poetry exhibition in Paris, 12 to 25 Sept. 2015

At Galerie Satellite. To see the past exhibitions, click here.

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LAUNCH OF JOHN GOHORRY’S NEW COLLECTION The Age of Saturn – 7.30 pm Tuesday 23 June 2015 at David’s Bookshop, Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3DE

John Gohorry was born Donald Smith in Coventry in 1943. He came to North Herts in 1971, and lectured in English, Communications, and Business and Management Studies at what is now North Hertfordshire College until retirement in 2006, spending the last seven years delivering Teacher Training. He has been a member of local poetry group poetry id since then, and poet in residence at David’s Bookshop since 2007.

The Age of Saturn, his eighth collection, is published by Shoestring Press (2015), which also published previous collections including Imagining Magdeburg (2008)Samuel Johnson’s Amber (2010) and the long poem A Manager’s Dog (2011).

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John Gohorry  writes:-

“It’s a decent sized book (245 pages) containing a variety of single poems, themed groups, and sequences, some published previously in pamphlet form but most appearing for the first time.

“The title sequence is a group of 34 poems consisting of an imaginary exchange of letters between the Spanish painter Goya and the German poet Hölderlin between 1819 and 1828, the year of Goya’s death. Both men were undergoing crises which were a compound of physical, emotional and psychosocial factors, both were living in relative isolation, and both responded with the full force of the imagination that each had at his disposal. Hölderlin’s engagement, through a series of short poems ostensibly written to please visitors to his room in what later became known as the Hölderlinturm in Tübingen and signed Obediently, Scardanelli, are not generally well known, but the Black Paintings which Goya executed on the walls of the Quinta del Sordo, outside Madrid and are now in the Prado, are justly famous. One of these is a painting of Saturn devouring his son, an act of cannibalism which epitomises Goya’s view of the age of Saturn and of his own time. Hölderlin on the other hand thought of it as a golden age, a time when there was no distinction between good and evil, right and wrong, no need for laws, an idyllic time when the earth gave up its harvest without the need for human labour.

“Other poems in the collection touch, directly or indirectly, on one or other of these conflicting perspectives – a series of poems based on paintings by Jack Vettriano, several biographical sequences, including A Lecturing Life, which I couldn’t have written had I not had one, and a poem in the voice of the explorer Colonel P.H.Fawcett, who disappeared in the Matto Grosso, Brazil, in 1929. There are picture postcard poems from a visit to Lanzarote, translations (and originals too) of some short pastoral idylls by Elina Baseilhac, a French newspaper reporter I met on the Ile de Ré, a group of poems about the materials out of which a city (Coventry) is made, and much more besides.

“It’s a pleasure to be launching the book here in North Herts, and especially so in David’s Bookshop, where Paul Wallace and his staff have been so kind to me over the years.”

Entry to the launch costs £3.00 which is redeemable against the cover price of The Age of Saturn (£14.95) if you buy a copy.

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