Thursday, December 19, 2019
Who would have thought we'd get this far?
And so to celebrate, two readings, both from Lady Godiva and Me as shameless self-promotion.
In the first voices from the modern city. Clicking on the link will take you to the reading
In the second Peeping Tom speaks.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Philip Pullman on the Pleasure of reading 'Paradise Lost'.
Seems to me a level headed appraisal of what makes this poem great.
His comments about English teachers and poetry are sadly accurate. In their defence most are following the requirements of a syllabus which mandates the approach and seems to be written either by people who think a poem is a complicated way of passing on a 'message' or the poem is a form of carrier which, if not exposed and neutralsied by 'analysis' will infect defenceless students with dangerous ideological viruses.
Sunday, November 24, 2019
What does this mean? The nonsense people write about poetry. Hannah Sullivan's 'Three poems' and The T.S.Eliot prize. 3/3
Cards on the table.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
The nonsense people write about poetry. Hannah Sullivan's 'Three poems' and The T.S.Eliot prize. 2/3
But the second part is everything that is wrong with poetry blather. It sounds like an intelligent judgement has been made and offered as praise. In reality, beyond the fact the words have denotations, it’s meaningless.
The assumption that it is A GOOD THING ignores the fact that there are fine poets who spent/d their careers getting better at writing poems without dabbling in ‘experimentation’. There are great poets, Yeats and Larkin as two well-known examples, who never pushed a ‘poetic boundary’ in their life. There are others who were so committed to pushing the boundaries they produced work that no one could make head nor tail of.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The nonsense people write about poetry. Hannah Sullivan's 'Three poems' and The T.S.Eliot prize. 1/3
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
a plain voice threading beads'
That blood meant and means
In those customary terms that she had borrowed
preventing things she really thought and meant
He’d never have told her
chosen the man she’d marry.'
Like setting books down on a table
Those things must happen[…]
Monday, August 26, 2019
I recorded a complete reading of the poem for 'The Poetry Voice Podcast'. For me an opportunity to enjoy the poem without thinking about it as something that has to be analysed or understood, which affirmed not only how good it is, but how entertaining it is as well.
He was good was Mr. Eliot.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Robert Frost had been given an honorary degree in Dublin, and after the conferring was introduced to Clarke.
'As we sat together on a comfortable sofa in Newman House, he asked me what kind of verse I wrote. Having been rarely asked such a question I was confused, and then suddenly, thinking of the 'strong man' whom I had often seen on his 'pitch' near St Martin's in the Fields, replied: 'I load myself with chains and try to get out of them'. 'Good Lord!" exclaimed the wise octogenarian poet, 'You can't have many readers'.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
You can hear them read here:
The first one is a brutal mini tragedy, it starts like this....
The poems were first published in The High Window. They are now available in A Presentment of Englishry (Shearsman 2019) available from online book sellers and direct from www. liamguilar. com
Monday, July 1, 2019
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You can also request poems.
So to celebrate being fifty, this week's episodes will be ...different. Here's the first.
So far there's poetry from Old and Middle English, poems in translation from Poland to Palestine, well known poems, poems that should be well known, pieces so small I had to do more than one to make the podcast and some long pieces. Most enjoyable to read? 'The Rime of The Ancient Mariner' and David Jones's 'The Hunt'. Surprises? How awful some poems sounded. (They never made it to the podcast) and on a positive note how Bunting's 'Villion' and Pound's Canto ll swing.
A full list of the fifty episodes listed by Poet.
|Anon (15th Century ) ‘I sing of a maiden’|
|Anon Old English, From The Battle of Maldon.|
|Anon. ‘Dom Niperi Septoe’ or ‘The Dairy Maid’.|
|Anon. From Old English ‘The Dream of the Rood’|
|Atwood Margaret ‘Marrying the Hangman’|
|Balmer Jo ‘The Librarians’ power’|
|Boland Evan ‘Quarantine’|
|Bunting Basil ‘Villon’|
|Byron ‘To Thomas Moore’|
|Campbell Joseph ‘Two Poems’|
|Carroll, Lewis ‘Jabberwocky’|
|Carson Ciaran ‘Five sonnets from The Twelfth of Never’|
|Cavafy C.P ‘Ithaka’|
|Coleridge, Samuel, 'The Rime of the ancient Mariner'|
|Daniel Sam to ‘To Delia’. The first sonnet.|
|Darwish Mahmoud ‘Lesson From the Karma Sutra’|
|Dawe Bruce ‘And a good Friday was had by all’|
|Eliot T.S. ‘The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock’|
|Feaver Vicki ‘Judith’|
|Guilar Liam 'Lute Recitals'.|
|Guilar Liam ‘Laȝamon Remembers ireland’|
|Guilar Liam ‘Presentment of Englishry’|
|Heaney Seamus ‘The Given Note’.|
|Herbert Zbigniew ‘The Envoy of Mr. Cogito’|
|Hewitt John ‘An Irishman in Coventry’|
|Hope A.D. ‘The End of a journey’|
|Jones David ’ ‘The Hunt’|
|Kavanagh Patrick ‘Kerr’s Ass’|
|Kipling Rudyard ‘Danny Deever’|
|Kipling Rudyard ‘A Three part song’|
|Kipling Rudyard ‘In the Neolithic age’|
|Laȝamon ‘The prologue to Laȝamon’s Brut’.|
|Laȝamon’s ‘Brut’, The conception of King Arthur.|
|Longley Michael ‘Laertes’|
|Macniece Louis ‘Cradle song for Eleanor’|
|Mahon Derek ‘Everything is going to be allright’.|
|Meehan Paula 'My Father perceived as a vision of Saint Francis'|
|Mew, Charlotte ‘The Farmer’s bride’|
|Milne A.A ‘Disobedience’|
|Pound Ezra ‘Canto 11’|
|Rossetti Christina 'A chily night'|
|S.Vincent Millay Edna, 'Bluebeard'|
|Saunders Lesley ‘Ephemera’|
|Saunders Lesley ‘Praise song for a pair of earings’.|
|Service Robert ‘The Shooting of Dan McGrew’|
|Shelley Percy 'Ozymandias'|
|Sidney, Sir Philip Sonnet 1 from ‘Aristophil and Stella’|
|Tennyson Alfred ‘Ulysses’|
|Thomas Dylan ‘Lament’|
|Thomas Edward ‘The Gallows’|
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Of February frets the core and fingers
And the sun’s declining disk smoulders
Barely bright enough to light the creek.
And brought into the sun
I’ve made this voyage to artful box
it’s not this time of flesh and blood alone,
but the slow millennia of dissolution,
when skin and bone return to whence they came
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Saturday, June 22, 2019
(Charles Williams. Arthurian Torso. p223)
If the modern jury is out on Laȝamon's dept to Old English, the balance of that last sentence, and the aptness of the judgement, are both impressive.
Monday, June 17, 2019
What our three early medieval writers didn't do.
What our Writers Did.
A presentment of Englishry, stories from the Brut and about its writer, a necessary lead up to the story of Vortigern and Rowena, is now available from the Book Depository, Amazon, and the Shearsman website. Signed copies are available from www.liamguilar.com ,