Thursday, 31 May 2012

Happy Birthday Walt Whitman, Happy Birthday Hulk

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”  - Walt Whitman

Thanks to Mark Ruffalo for quoting this on his twitter stream to inspire us today...And did you know that it is Hulk's Birthday too.. How about a poem from you Hulk?


Nuff Said..

Desire by YELLO

Desire from Yello on Vimeo.


John Cooper Clarke

Photo by John Siddique

There was a wonderful tv programme on last night about poet John Cooper Clarke, if you didn't see it here is a link to it on BBC IPLAYER, I think it stays up for a week or so.

As well as being a profile and biog of the poet, the programme allowed Clarke to say a great deal of real and profound things about poetry that you usually never get to hear because of the amount of wrong headedness that often surrounds this most beautiful of artforms. He probably has done more for poetry by getting out to real people than any of the laureates.

It is a shame that this programme was not on one of the main channels as it would have brought the possibility of literature to many more people who need it. We have narrowcasting dressed up as choice by having all these channels these days, so we all miss out by not rubbing up against things which we initially might think are not for us.

Clarke has a way of cutting through the bullshit and while his own poetry may or may not be to your taste, do give it a chance there is much more to it than meets the ear, he really does know what he is talking about when it comes to why poetry is vital and important for his and our survival.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Does This Path Have A Heart?

"Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. This question is one that only a very old person asks. My benefactor told me about it once when I was young, and my blood was too vigorous for me to understand it. Now I do understand it.

I will tell you what it is: Does this path have a heart?

All paths are the same, they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere. My benefactor's question has meaning now. "Does this path have a heart?" One makes you strong; the other weakens you.

The trouble is nobody asks the question: and when a person finally realizes that they have taken a path without heart, the path is ready to kill them. At that point very few people stop to deliberate and leave the path.

A path without a heart is never enjoyable. You have to work hard even to take it. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy; it does not make you work at liking it.

For my part there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length."

Don Juan

Discovered by John in the Hawkwind Log while listening to X-In Search Of Space on vinyl again for the first time in almost 25 years.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

A Reminder To Myself

"There's no plan B in being a poet.  I have always trusted the ground will be down & the sun will rise.. Sometimes though I get bloody knees in the dark.. but imagine the alternatives, well that's right, there aren't any for a man like me. Thank you and great gratitude dear Universe  -  47 Years of living so far with almost 21 years of writing mixed in.... and counting....."


“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Human Things - Selected Poems Recorded

More poems will be added soon

...and just because this poem got such an amazing response when it was requested at Wells Poetry Next The Sea Festival here is the Oxfam film of Cheap Moisturiser