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a serving of poetry

October 16, 2018

What a great idea!

The Poetry Department . . . aka The Boynton Blog

The Poetry Society of America (PSA) has just launched Poems on Wheels, a collaboration with Citymeals on Wheels, which provides meals and companionship to New York City’s homebound elderly, delivering over 2 million meals each year.

Each season, PSA will select a poem for inclusion with meal deliveries. This fall, the poem “Autumn Dusk” by Sara Teasdale will be included in Emergency Food Packages, which are delivered to over 18,000 meal recipients to ensure they have food on hand should hard winter weather delay regular deliveries.

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ABCD September meeting

October 11, 2018

We met on Saturday 29th to select work for our upcoming exhibition in Wells and Mendip Museum October 16-20. I’ll post photos when we’ve set up the show.

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Meanwhile here is one of all of us except Pat having our customary sumptuous potluck lunch. Next-door neighbour Mike Dodd took the photo.


Our next meeting will be on November 3rd.

As usual I collected eavesdroppings during the day. Here they are.

September Dove-droppings

like a bride coming through the mist
they are very appealing
in a ghastly kind of way

several rabbits were harmed
this was deliberate
which one would you choose

welded plastic extravaganza
exposing myself to fumes
and rotting bubble-wrap

ways of leaving Gatwick
way-marks on the Polden Way
any other oceans

you start to see the little marks
and make up your own story
it’s all yes at this point

we’ll have to split you up
they’ve already started eating
and there’s a big crumble

we have to talk about Street
seven bags in the pot
but it’s Darjeeling darling


And finally: who is up for going to the Bristol Wayzgoose?



New anthology from Cinnamon Press

October 1, 2018

Hallows to Harvest

My copy of this beautifully-designed and produced book came through the door on Saturday. I read the first poem “Ice Age” by Gabriel Griffin and I was gripped. It set the bar very high, and the rest of the book (which I read there and then without stopping) did not disappoint. I am thrilled to be in such great company, with two short poems in this garland of mostly short poems. Mine can be seen here.

Cinnamon’s Ogham Tree anthology is is open for submissions until this time next year. To submit, visit this page.


A book is a dream you hold in your hand

September 29, 2018

(quotation attributed to Neil Gaiman)

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The show just overlaps the beginning of Wells Litfest (19-27 October.)
John’s inscriptions include excerpts from the Anglo-Saxon poem The Dream of the Rood, and many of the books contain specially-written poems. The PV will be on the afternoon of the 15th, 3 to 4.30pm. Do come if you can.


East of the Moon and West of the Sun

September 27, 2018

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I have written before about making water-kefir. The recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.

During the drought this summer my live culture started to look unhappy and to grow very slowly. I suspected it was something to do with the tap-water. I started visiting the well at Littlewell, about a mile south of Wells, and using this water instead. The improvement was immediate and dramatic! Now the culture grows so fast that I use it instead of yeast to make bread. It rises more slowly but has a lovely taste and texture. I use an un-measured mixture of flours – mainly spelt, with additional oat, buckwheat and maize flours. I always have spare culture to give away, if anyone would like it.

On Monday morning I walked to Littlewell, and back home with 6 litres of spring-water on my back. The harvest moon was descending over Hay Hill and the sun was about to rise over Launcherley. As I bent over the well to fill my bottles I thought of the Biblical women at wells and the men they met there. I didn’t meet anyone, by the way; it was too early in the day!

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The well is nicely maintained by the owners at Littlewell Farm, who ask only that people should not park in their entrance. There is a convenient lay-by opposite. The spring rises in the field on the other side of the busy A39 and has been piped here. The water has been naturally filtered through the strata of limestone and is pure. It seems to run at a constant rate regardless of rainfall or drought. It used to be the main water supply for the village of Coxley before the “Bristol water” was laid on..

Bookmarking Book Art – Hedi Kyle’s The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures

September 24, 2018

Art of the Fold

via Bookmarking Book Art – Hedi Kyle’s The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures

A comprehensive review by Robert Bolick of Hedi Kyle’s long-awaited book.

I did some gardening recently for a neighbour and was unexpectedly rewarded with a gift voucher … now I know exactly what to spend it on!

And, speaking of books on making books, I have just received Rachel Hazell’s marvellous book “Bound“. It contains all a newbie needs to know, and some surprises too. Oh, and fabulous photos of Iona. Landscape-porn …


Prose and songs in Bath, 6th October

September 20, 2018