A Petty Morning Crime, an animation by Sofia based Compote Collective, is based on the poem of the same name, written by Bulgarian writer and playwright Georgi Gospodinov. And its meaning? I think that will become apparent as you watch.
Tuesday, 11 October, 2016
Tuesday, 27 September, 2016
The Junebugs is a poem about an incident from the life of a well known US President when he was young, written by West Virginia based poet, writer, and cabinetmaker Steve Scafidi.
Friday, 4 September, 2015
Anyone with a social media account, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the like, will have lost a follower, or two, over time. Someone once interested in what you had to say, or who you are, has, for whatever reason, changed their tune. So they, depending on the channel in question, unfollowed, or unfriended, you.
It’s not always nice, but life goes on. While I wouldn’t recommend dwelling on such occurrences, there is now the option, should you so choose it, to activate a service, aptly titled “Goodbye Unfollower”, that sends someone who has decided to take their leave of your Twitter stream, a farewell poem.
Worth a look, maybe. Who knows, the unfollower may be so touched by the gesture that they re-follow you.
Thursday, 11 June, 2015
If you’re looking for a pick me up, then it may be best to avoid any refrigerators that may be in the vicinity, lest they have become host to gloomy poems such as these.
Thursday, 30 October, 2014
A trailer for a short film, created by French illustrators and animators Burcu Sakur and Geoffrey Godet, based on “Tant de Forêts”, a poem written by the late Jacques Prévert.
Tuesday, 1 July, 2014
I’m not much of a poet, and don’t I know it, so I am thankful I did not live at time – think up until the sixteenth century – when mathematical equations were written as metered verse, because then I’d have been doubly bad at maths.
Why did people stop expressing maths problems as metered verse? Because it was around this time that mathematical symbols such as plus, minus, and equals, were devised, or at least started to come into more widespread use.
Thursday, 21 June, 2012
Deconstructing the way William Shakespeare wrote his sonnets… I’m now convinced the bard was more mathematician than poet or writer.
Friday, 13 April, 2012
Randomly sourced tweets, usually five or six words long, are gathered up and made into sonnets with the Pentametron.
Friday, 21 January, 2011
“Eurydice”, a poem by British novelist and poet Sue Hubbard, considered to be one of London’s finest examples of secret art, and also one of its most lengthy, is to be restored to its former glory following a Facebook based campaign, after being painted over by contractors who were apparently cleaning the tunnel that the work is located in.
The poem, Eurydice, is one of the longest pieces of public art in the capital. It was inscribed along a concrete tunnel connecting Waterloo station with the Imax cinema and the South Bank 10 years ago. It was destroyed last autumn – a fortnight after Time Out magazine listed it as one of London’s best pieces of secret art – when contractors for Network Rail painted over it, claiming to be cleaning up the tunnel.
Thursday, 21 October, 2010
End-rhyming in poetry is by no means an essential element of a poem, and seems to be something that came along in relatively recent times, rather than being an established or necessary part of the writing process.
The “Odyssey” and the “Iliad” and the “Aeneid”, the poems of Pindar, Anacreon, Sappho, Horace, and Catullus, and Martial – that is, all of the Classical works that inspired European poets – are metrical. But none use end rhyme, which played a minimal role in the poetry of ancient Greece and Rome. In keeping with that precedent, some of the most ambitious poetry in English, since before Shakespeare, is not in rhyme but in blank verse: unrhymed iambic pentameter.