Sunday, 3 September 2017

Chops I


Self Portrait as Philologist Imbiber

Plunged again into the heart of the matter, into the heart’s red core,
by Liardet, his Self Portrait as Shamdeo – which I read as Shenandoah –

Talking to his Future Self, with sorrow and ferocity, once more, the old
antagonists. I have put waterlily and jasmine in my hair, recall 

from ancient texts, we’re shaped by demons of the earth and air,
image of a god removed far from the natural order of the world, 

far from oblivion and, old or young, demons to the last resent our
kindling of opposites to stoke a flame, to reignite the spark within

and rise above the salty realm of Yaldabaoth, Sophia’s vain dream.
Dust devils of our whirring words emerge from every source,

spoken funnels of an arid wind have turned among Rome’s garden,
ruined, patrol the broken Parthenon; with genius of purpose

skim across or stagger on the path, lifting all beneath them,
dust or flame raised up and held apart, in centrifugal strain

like thought’s internal conflict, as we live and breathe, step by,
avoid their minor, blinding squalls which scribble in the wind

and recognised the generations’ words run deep, listen to them.
Ghosts of every age conclude the same: ragged old men, be cautious.


I doubt Tim Liardet would bat an eyelid at my using a poem from his recent volume The World Before Snow as a kicking off point for this  practice piece – Chops: good for a blog that needs feeding. I was struck by Liardet’s earlier collection, The Storm House: serious and disturbing. He is an examplar of the craft.  The lines above may gradually become a kind of shallow imitation - which suits the subject matter rather well.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Sigurd and the nuthatch


Sigurd and the nuthatch, an extravagant take on the Norse Myths, wins second place in the annual competition at the Festival of Firsts  in the Wirral – prize giving on Sunday afternoon, 09 July. I am pleased to have an affirmation of this poem, besides stretching the limits, it also includes everything it can from the original tale.  Perhaps there is a bent for the old stories at the Festival, I hope so. Anyway, I'll be reading, one kenning included.  
Also this week:  a poem included in the Ver Poets Comp. Anthology 2017, out in July
AND a poem on the theme of shoes, to be included in the inaugural edition of the Northampton Poetry Review to be launched this summer by poet, Tom Harding.   The day's so hot right now.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Illustrated man


First of three illustrations of poems from Pilgrim Station in ink, by Dan Jackson.

There is a man in the tub
    the taps are running
    the tears are running

from, Paris

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Interview with Rosie

Paxos - Dom & Geranium

Sentinel Quarterly have printed my recent interview with Rosie Johnston.  It doesn’t include several of Rosie’s more searching questions, generally in the form, “& what does that mean, exactly?” those have all been ironed out: the piece is, in fact, coherent.  Please give it a go online or the magazine is now available in print from the SPM Shop. 

Home yesterday, kittens in the cupboard and England green.  May is lush after a week away. Here's a photo of the poet banging on: making a din in splendid surroundings. I think, more poetry in these posts, endless self-promotion is not my first order of business.  Comments welcome.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

in the courtyard of the vic

Words and music.  This composite photo from our last outing at Black Book Café.  A lot of fun, everyone welcome to Sunday's event, 23 April 7.30 Start, further info here.  I drew up this photo from the video, and now recognised, enjoy its entirely misleading, choral quality.  Still, words & music.


Black Book Café, February 2017.  Dom, Clare and Nick

Saturday, 15 April 2017

WOL Review

Pilgrim Station Review, by Neil Leadbeater. Write Out Loud is generous with its resources and always supportive, still, this amiable, appreciative review is more than I would have asked for: & for the first time we hear of,  James's gift!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Words & Music II, Sunday 23 April


Round Two of Cas and Dom’s Words and Music, this time on Sunday April the 23rd at 19:30 in The Little Vic, at the foot of Gloucester Street in Stroud, in the courtyard of The Queen Victoria pub. And we are all stringing our instruments, if that's the term.

Danica is coming over from Newbury and we look forward to welcoming Mandy, Ely and Kim.  Cas has definitely put the word out: Stroud News & Journal, PrLog – and I will see about hanging a few posters, don't they look great?? I must overhaul the blurb on the blog.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

The Lake Review


My first review appears in ezine, The Lake, April 17. I think it's okay. It is a bit alarming to be quoted back at myself from the blog, and with no fit way to react to this or that observation which seems not-properly observed;  but plenty were, and it is a good thing to have the poems in Pilgrim Station singled out and weighed differently as they are passed from hand to hand. Okay, there maybe an error or two, I know, I know. But, my first review. The grin of cheese!

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Words & Music, Saturday 25 February, Stroud



Come to the Black Book in Stroud for an evening of wine, cake, acoustic sets and song interspersed with raconteuring and poetic celebration.  Casimir and Sandra bring Mike and Nick, highly recommended, and we have visiting poets Paul, whose stock is rising and Clare, who carries the fire. 

More information on facebook page, wordsandmusicstroud and soon to be posted on black book site and generally around.  There will be corkage at the café, bring a bottle by all means, bring your effervescent self.

Maybe pick up a copy of Pilgrim Station. music from Cas and Paul's poetry  also available.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

PS Arrivals

Watch out world.
Wed 25 January Little Theatre, Sheringham, Norwich
Poetry Library  Write Out Loud
Thur, 16 February Radio Corinium, recording – not live broadcast
Sat 25 February
Black Book Café, Stroud, Glos, “Words & Music” with Cas Greenfield
Tues, 25 April Writers in the Brewery, Cirencester, Glos

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Little Theatre

Poetry at the Hub: January 25th, 7.30 p.m: Andrea Holland and Dominic James
Entry fee: £5
Our first reading of the New Year is a real adventure: we welcome two poets who rejoice in the twists and turns of language at the same time as bearing sharp witness to the weight of experience.

There will be an opportunity to read your own work, a maximum of three poems: please talk to Peter Pegnall before the reading begins.
PP
This is the first outing for Pilgrim Station so, a launch party. And it is right it should be with Peter playing host And it is a piece of luck to share the stage  - if any -  with Andrea Holland. Further venues will be posted in due course, there will certainly be celebrations and performances to come across the Midlands and the South: 2017 hits the road at a run.