John Cooper Clarke – aint got time to make no apology

I love this urban poet .  This man is so damn witty,  some of the words he rhymes are indescribable and perhaps I’ve chosen the wrong poem to illustrate this – but take your pick of his poems on YouTube there are lots of them.  There are lots more of his poems better than this one butContinue reading “John Cooper Clarke – aint got time to make no apology”

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

It’s a beautiful day (again) and I’m not used to it, but it shall not stop me praising it (softly) in case it hears and goes away which happens so often with English weather.   So I’ve sunshine outside, – I look on Lesliepaints blog and what do I see but sunlit paintings bathed in lightContinue reading “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”

Love in the Penguin Dust

I came across this poet and this poem when I was researching an essay about the infamous Chelsea Hotel and past residents.  Angry young men like Dylan Thomas, Brendon Behan: The 1957 – 1964 Beat generation of angry young men like writer Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs – poets Alan Ginsberg and Gregory Corso (b. USA 1930Continue reading “Love in the Penguin Dust”

Uncovered and discovered: Maya Angelou

I came across this poet the other day and was very touched and moved by this beautiful poetry.  Maya Angelou (born 1928 USA).  She has been called ‘America’s most visible autobiographer.  She wrote this poem in 1965 and I think it’s as relevent today to our human situation and the things we take for granted – things we thinkContinue reading “Uncovered and discovered: Maya Angelou”

Hiawatha sings

I used to love the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and used be able to recite some of it.   Quite by accident I was reminded again of it after stumbling upon Mike Oldfields Incantations album (1978).  There is a wonderful track that uses part of this poem, sung  by Maddy Prior, whose voice  soars and swoops.  I’mContinue reading “Hiawatha sings”

Whatif the whatifs come true?

I came across this poem again the other day by Shel Silverman. It reminded me what a talented man he was.  Silverman (b. 1932 -1999 America) was not only a poet, he was a screenwrtiter, illustrator of childrens books, musician, cartoonist and singer songwriter.  ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ a hit for Dr Hook was written by him andContinue reading “Whatif the whatifs come true?”

My 483rd post is here

Looking back through my past posts, I realised that I haven’t done any summing up since my 427 post.  I like to do this so often as it gives me new ideas and alerts me to areas of the blog which I have either abandoned or neglected.  Some of the categories are outdated now, butContinue reading “My 483rd post is here”