Sunday, 11 March 2012

Sunday Review

This week, we marked International Women's Day with a fine poem by Abigail Wyatt, To Be or 36B, A Question of Identity. And while it appears that there really are some women who would consider trading intelligence levels for bigger breasts, or a slimmer figure, spare a thought for Mary Nyekueh Ley. She is the woman, whose truly miserable existence inspired Kushal Poddar's South and North.

On Wednesday, David Costello offered us Birth Day, reflecting the joy of four boys born to Emma Robbins, in Bristol. On Friday, Kim Rooney was moved to write War of the Roses, a reaction to the loss of six more young men in Afghanistan.

And, in a raid on Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral, a heart was stolen. Helena Nolan's, The Stolen Heart, contains a message from Dublin's Saint Laurence O'Toole.

Finally, a message of hope. Anthony Baverstock's haunting video, You, who stand dying, is a poignant work to mark the first anniversary of the Japanese tsunami.

Remember, if you find yourself moved to write a poem in the light of a news event, we'd love to read it. We'd also like to use more YouTube footage of poets performing their topical work.

It seems fitting, as we in the UK are being treated to a special astronomical event, to offer you this, from James Schwartz.

Alpine Stars

O Switzerland! O Fatherland!
Minds fine as Chillon,
Litter your lineage.

Hugo, Byron, Shelley, Rimbaud:
To fete a favored few,
Left love lyrics lingering...

Through alpine peaks below,
To pristine skies uncluttered,
By broken satellites.

© James Schwartz

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Poet and slam performer, James Schwartz strives for the simplicity of Cavafy mixed with modern gay wordplay. His book, The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America, was published by in Group Press in 2011.