A poem that I read today by Mac

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Re: A poem that I read today by Mac

Post by Macavity » Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:36 am

England in 1819 By Percy Bysshe Shelley

An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying King;
Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who flow
Through public scorn,—mud from a muddy spring;
Rulers who neither see nor feel nor know,
But leechlike to their fainting country cling
Till they drop, blind in blood, without a blow.
A people starved and stabbed in th' untilled field;
An army, whom liberticide and prey
Makes as a two-edged sword to all who wield;
Golden and sanguine laws which tempt and slay;
Religion Christless, Godless—a book sealed;
A senate, Time’s worst statute, unrepealed—
Are graves from which a glorious Phantom may
Burst, to illumine our tempestuous day.
Just read two pg poems referencing Shelley's poem. Poems speak to poems and the conversation is so relevant in these times.

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Re: A poem that I read today by Mac

Post by Dryanddeadwords » Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:49 am

It’s a terrific poem, and yes, troublingly apposite.

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Re: A poem that I read today by Mac

Post by Macavity » Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:08 pm

This one is by Kathryn Simmonds. I have two books by her, Sunday at the Skin Launderette (a regular read for me) and The Visitations (not so often read)



She was a recent guest on Poetry Please:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0009rz0

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Re: A poem that I read today by Mac

Post by Macavity » Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:25 am

This one is by Gillian Clarke. I have her book Collected Poems (pub Carcanet).


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Re: A poem that I read today by Mac

Post by Macavity » Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:14 pm

This one is by Larkin I have his Collected Poems (faber) and a disc with him reading his poems. I like his readings.


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Re: A poem that I read today by Mac

Post by bjondon » Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:07 pm

Enjoying the guided tour mac.
Can I return the favour with this
excellent one from Jen Hadfield:
poetryarchive.org/poem/aa

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Post by MilesTugeau » Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:20 am

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