October 21, 2009
1) Which major transport accident of 1879 is commemorated in a poem, and by whom?
2,3,4) Three poets called Robert: 2) which Robert is buried in Canongate Kirkyard? 3) his gravestone was paid for by which other Robert? 4) And which 20th century Robert wrote several poems about the first Robert?
5) When the king sat in Dumfermline toun, calling for a ‘skeely skipper’, which famous sailor did he summon, and where did he send him?
6) What can ye no fling oot a twenty-storey flat, and who says?
7) ‘Let them bestow on every airth a limb /
The open all my veins that I may swim /
To thee my Maker in that crimson lake /
Then place my par-boiled head upon a stake …’
who wrote these words the night before he was hung, drawn, and quartered?
October 20, 2009
Whose Line is it Anyway? (name the poet, but brownie points for getting the poem too…)
1) “Poetry makes nothing happen”
2) “So much depends / upon // a red wheel / barrow // glazed with rain / water // beside the white / chickens.”
3) “A slumber did my spirit seal; / I had no human fears: / She seemed a thing that could not feel / the touch of earthly years.”
4) “Nothing is not giving messages”
5) “Between my finger and my thumb / The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.”
6) “Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
7) “I’m Nobody! Who are you? / Are you – Nobody – too? / Then there’s a pair of us? / Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!”
October 9, 2009
You’ll see from earlier posts that we been busy! Yesterday being National Poetry Day brought goodies in the form of crafts, a Nothing But the Poem session, a Poems Aloud read-aloud, and our first poetry pub quiz…
It also brought the launch of our Carry a Poem Campaign. We’ve been asking, canvassing and nagging you all to find out the poems you carry with you, and yesterday our site went live! You can read folks’ stories behind the poems they cherish, and find out how you can get involved. Lorraine Kelly told us her carryapoempoem was Burns’ ‘A Man’s a Man for a’ That’ and we thought a nice way of illustrating the campaign would be to commission a brooch and see if she might wear it on GMTV! on National Poetry Day! And we did, and she did, and I can’t tell you how giddy and excited we were. There she is, smilingly above.
In other news: Robyn was in Lithuania facilitating a translation workshop. I have it on authority that she will tell us a bit about it, including the extreme cold and the interesting food, next week…
Brian Johnstone, poet and director of StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, held the Edinburgh launch of his ‘The Book of Belongings’ (Arc) on Wednesday night. What with accompaniment from his jazzing sidekicks Richard and Louise on sax and bass (the three star as Trio Verso in their native Fife) a great time was had by all. An interview with Brian on life and poetry will be appearing on your very screen in the not too distant…
Dave, Julie and I have just spent the better part of the afternoon stuffing envelopes full of events and A Model of Order programmes. Thankfully Lizzie was on hand with the Tea and Cake of Reward at the exact right moment.
On Wednesday, we bade a fond farewell to our book keeper of four years. All best, Jane!
In the next chapter of a Tale of Two Launches, we have Peter McCarey launching his epic online poetry project, the Syllabary here tomorrow (Saturday) night, and on Monday 12, Mariscat host the launch of One Bird Flying: Poems from the Great Road by Lesley Harrison. All welcome to either and both!
Happy weekend, poetry people. Till Monday, a little taster of our quiz… No googling!
1) Athletics: In which poem does Andrew Marvell make the claim that “though we cannot make our sun / Stand still, yet we will make him run”?
2) Rugby: Which African-American spiritual, composed in 1862 by Wallis Willis, is now commonly associated with the England Rugby Union team?
3) Football: Which score is also the title of Don Paterson’s 1993 debut collection?
4) Tennis: Which American poet once dismissed free verse with the statement “I’d just as soon play tennis with the net down”?
5) Swimming: Who swam across the Hellespont on May 3rd 1810, at the tender age of 22?
6) Fishing: Which classic T.S. Eliot poem features the mythological Fisher King?