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.
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.
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.
Honor Godfrey, curator of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum which proposed the concept, said: “We are always examining different ways of interpreting the Championships and this year the club agreed that having an official Championships Poet would provide a novel and interesting way of doing this.”
Christian Bök, an experimental poet and associate professor of English at the University of Calgary, is working on a piece he plans to encipher and insert into the genetic code of an “extremophile” bacterium, one that is tough enough to survive conditions that would wipe out the human race.
Corpoetics is a collection of “found” poetry from the websites of well-known brands and corporations. I visited various company websites, found the closest thing to a Corporate Overview, then set about rearranging the words into poetry.
Lilliputian [ lil-lip-pew-shun ]: Oh boy, here is some poetry I know you’ll enjoy. (And the next line was going to be: Coz I’m a poet, and don’t I know know it…) Anyway. The latest project of Miss Lang Lee’av (remember that name, because you’ll see it again), is a poetry blog. While Miss Lang’s rhymes are short and easy to read, it’s the reading between the lines that is really enjoyable!
Logo Advice from Logo Tree Designs: there’s a conversation I always remember from my web design days with Justin Fox (founder of the Australian INfront, and NSFW Sex in Art) about logo design. “The guidelines for logo design are as thick as a phone directory – DON’T do logo design!” he said. For designers with no choice however, Logo Tree Designs makes for a handy resource of all things logo design.
How to read those business books fast! For bloggers, reading is just as important as writing. For one, it’s a great way to source ideas and inspiration for future posts. If only there were more time to read though… Mark Moore’s latest article at Flying Solo, offers some speed reading tips which can benefit all readers, whether you’re trying to digest business related books or otherwise.