Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday Review

This week we kicked off with a Neil Fullwood's 'They News, Allegedly'which draws our attention to the question of bias in the mainstream media in general and in BBC coverage in particular. Some readers may see this as a controversial piece but it seems to me that, whatever your views on what is going on in Gaza, the last two lines of the poem are pertinent and powerful:
      'Join us live for half the story.
      Question everything you see.'

Tuesday's poem was 'Commemoration: August 1914/August 2014' by Sue Norton who was responding to a story about Brazilian sculptor Nele Azevedo who has recently presented her work in England for the first time. I love this piece almost as much as the art work that inspired it and this poem, too, has a very strong conclusion:
       'Ice catches light, fires, wears thin,

      shatters. And, in the distance, the din of war today, continuing.'

On Wednesday, we were back with the news as our topic with 'The News of Today' by Kristina England. This was a piece constructed by the poet out of newspaper headlines and so there was no single link that could be published. An interesting approach,, Kristina, and thank your for submitting.

On Thursday we came to what, for me at least, was the poem of the week. It was Niall O'Connor's  'Rites of Passage' and I do not feel I can add anything to the many comments already made.  If you missed it, I can only urge you to click on the link immediately.  What a privilege to have such a piece appear here first. Thank you, Niall. 

Finally, on Friday, our poem was 'Four Balls Playing Football on the Beach' by Francisco Rebollo, another very powerful and moving piece with its heart-rending concluding image of:
      'Four boys,
      lying like
      broken toys.'
In this poem, the reader is made to feel the vitality of these young victims and their optimism for the future. It is hard to read the closing lines:
      'Will the world now make us household names?
      Ahed, Ismail, Zakariya and Mohammad Bakr.'

Well, once again, out thanks to all our wonderful poets. Keep those submissions coming.

Abigail Wyatt

Photograph shows the lighthouse at Godrevy  on the occasion of an art installation called 'Peace Camp'