Category Archives: St Francis and the Birds

Notes on Ekphrasis

Creating poetry is more than just sitting down and writing “stuff” in a particular form. “Stuff” rarely materialises like manna, it must be found from somewhere. Finding “stuff” to write about can be difficult. The notions of “writing what you … Continue reading

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St Francis and the Birds – Notes

St Francis and the Birds is based on the painting of the same name to be found in the Tate collection. The painting is stylised and very Stanley Spencer’ish. The feature I remember first noticing about the painting is the … Continue reading

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St Francis and the Birds

Stanley Spencer Cookham1935The birds look skywardTo the coming Messiah.The chickens chatter,Geese gaze,Fan-tail pigeonsCongregateOn the pantiles. Between ‘Fernlea’And ‘The Nest’Strides the saintIn dressing-gown habit.Boy ahead.Woman behind,Eyes shielded from the divine sunBy an upraised armAnd daisy bouquet. And the hands.The hands turnedBoth … Continue reading

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Place, Maps, Language

A map is its own language. Unspoken, it still manages to describe place, location and even scenery, often with an astonishing simplicity, but sometimes with a subtlety that can be quite breathtaking. A bright red line that illustrates a tarmac … Continue reading

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