Tuesday, 30 November 2010

to live deliberately

'I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived'. 
Henry David Thoreau

'Your task is not to seek for love, but to seek and find 
all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it'.

'Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. 
Destroy your reputation. Be notorious'. 

This is just a few minutes walk from my office, we are so lucky to live in such a place..  On Days like this.. Days like this..

Oh God I Know This Conversation...

Friday, 5 November 2010

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali
Originally uploaded by John Siddique

A fruity lovely Happy Diwali 2010 dear people.. Love & Light & Naughtiness in the right measures....

Monday, 1 November 2010

Lighting up Canterbury with Poetry

Recently I was asked to be Canterbury's Poet in the City. My brief was to make the city itself my canvas. Taking them at their word I inscribed the streets with haikus, blank walls and shop windows displayed verse, and trees held ribbons printed with lines of poetry. By day and night I wandered with the crowds gathering and recording ideas from both visitors and the inhabitants of the city a word here, a thought or an impression there, which I wove together into a Poem that is truly of, for and by the citizens of the Canterbury. The poem was then projected onto the walls of the Westgate Towers greeting people with art and literture as they went about their daily lives. .. This was all made possible by the wonderful 'Workers of Art'  A massive thank you to them.


THIRST - A Little Peek at Full Blood

'Thirst' from Charlotte Taylor on Vimeo.

Thirst is a poem from my forthcoming book Full Blood which will be published by Salt in April 2011. Thirst was originally commissioned by Alchemy to explore the question - 'What is worse than the loss of freedom?'

This beautiful film of the poem was made by Charlotte Taylor and Stephanie Smith and is currently on exhibition in Cartwright Hall in Bradford.

Full Blood is my bravest book so far. I think one has to write in secret, as if no one were ever going to see the work, so that you can explore the ideas you really need to and not get caught in self-censorship. So few people seem to read poetry which actually makes it the most brilliant arena to do this. Though paradoxically, of course, you wish more people read poetry so you can share the soul work you've made your life's work. Still the point is to commit to writing as well as one can, because it does matter, even if no one else believes it. That was my goal at least with this book - after twenty years of working and studying very hard to have some surety and certainty in the way the voice works in the writing, and to then write hard and clear as if no one would ever see the work so I could write what was actually needed from me.. and then to have the guts to put it out there.. Thank God for Salt Publishing is all I can say.

I can't thank Charlotte and Stephanie enough for this lovely film, they have also filmed another piece of mine called Allegories of Power which at this point is an unpublished two-part poem, but you can find the film on vimeo and a few blogs about the place, and it too is exhibited at Cartwright Hall both as a film and as an installed piece.