an ekphrastic prose poem originally written for the Rattle’s Ekphrastic Facebook group.
‘Beneath the Gravel Weight of Stars’ & the Beat mythology of the supertramp
What songs sing the sorrow of homelessness from Ginsberg’s metaphoric hydrogen jukebox? Such mythology of the heavenly liberated hobo is often drawn from, for example, W.H. Davies (1871-1940) – the original supertramp. Davies, Newport, Wales-born wanderer of America, who famously settled in Gloucestershire, was frowned upon by Muse Colony of Frost (1874-1963), Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1938),…
Kerouac & Suffering
This article is based on a talk prepared for a reading in Oxford to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Beat Generation author and poet, Jack Kerouac (March 12 2022). Delivered as a review and introductory essay on the nature of suffering in Jack’s work, selections are made from a variety of texts for…
WHAT ART IS
I wanted to consider the question ‘why is the question ‘what is art’ important to us?’
I wanted to make something good
I wanted to make something sweet The blood inside the maple tree The sunlight trapped inside the wood
I don’t mind eels Except as meals. And the way they feels. by Ogden Nash.
the whole yard quiet— the cool sound of rain on rhubarb leaves This was written by H. F. Noyes as featured in ‘Haiku: Poetry Ancient & Modern’ edited by J. Hardy.