Yesterday was a bit of a shocker for the poetry world, the death of Roddy Lumsden has hit a lot of people hard. He seemed to be a poet that was very much about celebrating other poets and bringing people into the fold – I’ve seen a lot of folk talking about this on various social medias…celebrations of the man, tempered with grief at his loss. My thoughts are with them and with his family.
I didn’t know much of his work, but what I did know I liked. His was a body of work that I have always been getting round to – on the mental list of poets to get hold of. I only have one of his books, The Bells of Hope, which I like a lot, so I have no idea why I’ve not gone further with his stuff, but I’m sure I’ll get round to it.
For now, here are two poems from The Bells that I really like and seem to be apt for the moment.
In the spirit of trying to spread some poetry-based joy I have two books to offer up. I find I have spare copies of Polly Atkin’s ‘With Invisible Rain‘ and Paul Stephenson’s ‘The Days That Followed Paris‘.
Both are excellent books that deserve a loving home. I will happily send them on to anywhere in the UK – either both or to separate homes. Leave me a message below and I’ll be in touch. * UPDATE – THESE HAVE NOW GONE*
- Dad Bod
- Dad, Bod
- Bod, Dad
- Bod Dad
- Light Seconds
THE WEEK IN STATS
36.5k running – The 0.5 is very important.
13 days on the bounce of running.
2 Poems worked on – Cycle and Working Out.
1 Running Club set up, possibly – more news later
1 utterly awesome bit of news
10 days without cigarettes. We’ll see.
1 more week that I’m not having an affair with Eva Green
READ, SEEN, ETC
Sightings – Kathleen Jamie
Gopagilla – Roy Marshall
The Masked Singer, Succession (S2E2), Knives Out, The Dark of the Sun, The Dirty Dozen, Hidden (eps 4-8)
Tindersticks, No Treasure But Hope, The Waiting Room, Falling Down A Mountain
Girl Ray, Girl
Emily Capell, Combat Frock
The Go-Betweens, Spring Hill Fair
Screaming Trees, Sweet Oblivion
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, Everything Sacred & Neuk Wight Delhi
Grandbag’s Funeral – A new podcast
and of course, The Archers…