Saturday, 31 July 2004

What is the nature of soul?

It is large and green and smells like melon.


Thursday, 22 July 2004

quote of the day:
 
' Great lovers know: They are what they are in love with'
 
 
ascribed to Allen Ginsberg..

 
 
listening to Beethoven this morning and getting ready for gigs and wanting to drink coffee and smoke pipes and listen to Beethoven, and I want to go to Paris and make it mine again. 
 
Old friends begin to reappear and I have discovered what my motto needs to be
 
Honour, Loyalty and Degradation
 
I need a Siddique Coat of Arms
 

Thursday, 15 July 2004

Drinking water. It has been raining for days, my garden is looking washed out....

This Morning went something like...

can't sleep
can't sleep
time to get up
fall asleep
quick bath
no mail
standing bowl of cereal
suit, pants, suit, which shirt
Calderdale college talking about poetics and its uses, models, and situations
Reading poetry to interested staff
bad sandwich (Cumberland sausage)

rainy drive

this is the troubadour lifestyle sometimes, but listening so much to Van Morrisson's Astral Weeks.........You breathe in, you breathe out..and your highhhhhhhhhhh............


this is my current around the house mix...obviously i'm in bloke songwriter mode...i am 40 next week..did i mention that?

hey but i'm looking slimmer

oh yeah music mix

six organs of admittance - it was written
Six Organs of Admittance - This Hand
Tyrannosaurus Rex - Stacey Grove
Tyrannosaurus Rex - Child star
david sylvian - laughter and forgetting
Anthony & the Johnsons - biennale
peter gabriel - sky blue
Nature & organisation - Bonewhiteglory
beck - everybody's gotta learn sometimes
Roy Harper - North Country
tim buckley - hallucinations/troubador
John Martyn - Small Hours
tim buckley - morning glory
Van Morrison - Beside You
Pearl Jam - Man Of The Hour
electric light orchestra - mr. blue sky



Wednesday, 14 July 2004

Just back from Ledbury Festival where we saw Adrian Mitchell, Vahni Capildeo, Enrique Moya, Leontia Flynn & Jean Sprackland, and met so many lovely people..Big loves to Jo Bell & Hannah Gregory for their amazing work, & to Adrian from Arts Council who is the most enthusiastic Literature Officer ever, and just thank you everyone for making us so welcome.

wrote 3 new pieces this afternoon for my proposed kid's book, and spent the morning exploring the sense of smell with 10 patients at Oldham Hospital.

I'm trying to get organised for tomorrow's gig which is only down the road at Halifax College, then is all props for Amsterdam where I've got a gig on my 40th Birthday which is the 25th if yr wondering.

I have been trying out Hiakus and kennings as I'm currently writing for young people, and cooking chicken tandoori and getting it wrong, buying shorts and trying to find a yoga class for whilst I'm away.

today's top tip: drink more water, something I'm so crap at.

Monday, 5 July 2004

My favourite poem ever by e e cummings, devastating, beautiful, the beginning and this end...enjoy
love
J

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me,i and
my life will shut very beautifully,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain, has such small hands

ee cummings
Writing haikus and kennings today for a proposed children's book I want to do, it's going to be a creation myth based on an old folk tale....

its been a strange few days, eddies of the past, becoming tides, the coming of being 40 years old in a few weeks is making me look at things in new ways. And the past and past love, , well resolving isn't the right word, but one of the problems with unfinished business is that it needs dealing with, I'm not always so good at this stuff, I am trying to steer a path through some stuff which is not for talking about here, which is why all has been so quiet in the last while.

over the next few weeks work is quiet just the hospital gig and readings in Halifax, Manchester and Amsterdam.

The world is not as we imagine it, towers fall, evil is done, and history is written by the victorious, this happens on many scales, personal and global. On this night let me wish you good things, may your eyes be open and may we all accept our frailty.

it has been raining here for days, the garden is in a weird state, not knowing how to grow, a plethora of lettuce in my window boxes, and new rocket looking for sun. I don't think I've been out of the valley for days, I might just take off tomorrow, where can one genuinely be alone anymore, is there any quiet out there?

I have been thinking about my journey project a lot, this should form the basis of the next book, I made a list of the countries I visited when I was 5 years old today, talk about half way round the world.... Can't say too much as its a jinx to talk too much about what one is writing. Need to sort poems for readings, I wasn't that happy with my last couple of gigs, I'm used to having lots of time to rehearse, a technical crew and my co-actors on stage with the 'and she was' stuff. So for my next gigs I'm going to shape them more as a show, regardless of how short the readings are.

music today: six organs of admittance - compathia & untitled CDR that someone gave me

love
John

Saturday, 3 July 2004

Beef Paprikash for 2 people
1 lb Cubed stew beef
1 small Sliced onions
1/2 Clove garlic, minced
2 fresh tomatoes
1 tb Worcestershire sauce
3/4 ts wholegrain mustard
1 tb Paprika
1 tsp Brown sugar or Honey
enough water to cover the beef


Brown the beef, add onion, let this cook for a few minutes. add the rest of the ingredients, cover, bring to boil and then turn down to simmer for 1 to 11/2 hours. remove the lid let the liquid cook down to a thick sauce, and have with brown rice or millet, and salad