Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Byron in Venice. A reading.


A reading of Byron in Venice. The link should take you to the audio.


 Byron in Venice

(The poet in exile)


The debris of a city in decline

slops at the crumbling steps,

as the sun sets over palaces 

even dusk can’t dignify.


The clock strikes, he puts down the page

and calls for servants. Suddenly

cannot remember if he is to meet

the opera singer or the serving maid.


No matter how elaborate the choreography,

his hands run free, his mind completes the rhyme.

Afterwards, duty done, excuses made, 

he’ll coax these stanzas to their climax 


and scrawl defiance on the blank of time’s indifference,

graffiti on the walls of history. 

He has explored the tangled pathways of his heart

and written travelogues for those who stayed at home.


If that leads here, to age and desolation;

the fading light, broken on the Grand Canal,

where life is repetition, and even lust grows stale;

the boys and women he has loved


the friends he misses as he dines alone,

faded signatures on bundled letters,

locks of hair, old arguments the night returns;

if it leads here; beyond the poem, what remains?


An aging face, once beautiful,  

staring through its own reflection,

soliciting an audience

to dignify the commonplace as art?

Poem is taken from 'From Rough Spun to Close Weave'.  Signed Copies available from the shop at Www.Liamguilar.com 

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Dafydd ap Gwilym's 'Love's affliction'. (Cystudd Cariad)

Continuing the Poetry Voice Podcast's aim to build an audio anthology of poems. This one by Dafydd ap Gwilym, one of the great poets of the Middle ages. And this is my candidate for a brilliant bit of creative translation.


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The Poetry Voice Podcast returns!

 I didn't mean to take a year out. But I waited until the man next door had finished building his house and then the people on the other side decided to renovate. And while dogs, parrots, magpies, Australian weather and traffic are almost bearable as background, power tools and the Australian Tradesman's peculiar habit of cranking the volume on his radio and then putting noise protecting ear muffs on made the whole thing impossible,

First reading is from R.S.Thomas.


you can listen on Apple or Spotify, or directly from the website. 

If you're looking for a particular poem the index can be found here:


Clicking on either link will open the page in another window.