The poem of the month for May is a tiny taste of the work of W B Yeats.
From the expansive poetry on Irishness to the yearning of the love poems to Maud Gonne, Yeats, like all great poets, captures the enormity and the insignificance of the human condition.
The Song of Wandering Aengus was sung beautifully by The Waterboys and equally wonderfully by Christy Moore.
I have a poem published in the current edition of Northwords Now.
Page eight (In Blanchland again).
Northwords Now is edited by Chris Powici and available on-line as well as in many outlets. The magazine is excellent and well-produced. And free to all. It is always worth a read.
Follow the link to see February on the Moss, the poem for MarchÂ
You can also find out more about West Moss-side, a farm transformed by Kate Sankey to create a high-quality venue for a range of get-togethers, meetings and craft events. Plus theÂ Trossachs Yurts – a low impact, slow get away. Well worth a visit!
It is a place of real beauty, a “vast expanse of all things damp and wonderful.” (NNR site)
February on the Moss is seen in the photo on the wall at West Moss-Side.
A departure this month. Follow the link to the Red Ensemble video of their interpretation of my poem Right. The ensemble used a recording of my recitation of the poem and Palestinian poet Ghazi Husseinâ€™s recording of his Arabic translation as part of their improvisation. The piece was recorded at Glasgow City Halls.
The accompanying film features dancer Joan Beattie of the Vito Dance Theatre.
Right was originally published in â€œChapmanâ€ and is in my collection â€œGood Morningâ€œ.
A short review of the collection in the latest edition of Northwords Now.
Guest reviewer Lesley Harrison writes:
“Charlie Gracieâ€™s poems aim to capture the clear, tender moments of beauty around us â€“ how rain brings light with it, the warp and weft of a single-track road, Tam oâ€™ Shanter at bedtime. Good Morning (diehard, 2010) is a quiet celebration of life and living:
â€œand even when the sunshine bakes us / the rain is only hiding / smirring off the surface of the sea /gathering its breath / for the big Heave Hoâ€.”
Haiku for Andy Murray
The start of a new year and hopefully more joy for our country. Katrina Shepherd’s haiku series was first published in Poetry Scotland: Luckie Mucklebackit (Winter 2012/2013). She celebrates the success of Andy Murray and his visit back home to Dunblane.
With a love of the living beauty of the natural world, Katrina is often inspired by people and nature.Â Her haiku are published in Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.Â Some have been given awards.
Katrina’s poem In the stillness is now a Christmas carol with music composedÂ by Sally Beamish.
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November is the month of the Holy Souls. We remember our loved ones who died.
I think that this might be the only poem ever written to mention the Rhinsdale Tavern in Baillieston.
“Good Morning” was published in September 2010 by Diehard Press.
“Charlie Gracie’s poems are quiet and clear, in love with nature and all of the possibilities of being human and alive.Â As refreshing as a cool drink of Scottish water on a warm summer’s day.” Alan Bissett
“‘Charlie Gracie’s poems give voice to the quiet moments in life, delicately observed and tenderly described.” Magi Gibson
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