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 Hussein’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 “Chapman” and is in my collection “Good Morning“.
A short review of the collection in the latest edition of Northwords Now.
Guest reviewer Lesley Harrison writes:
“Charlie Gracie’s poems aim to capture the clear, tender moments of beauty around us – how rain brings light with it, the warp and weft of a single-track road, Tam o’ Shanter at bedtime. Good Morning (diehard, 2010) is a quiet celebration of life and living:
“and 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 Ho”.”
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. Her haiku are published in Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Some have been given awards.
Katrina’s poem In the stillness is now a Christmas carol with music composed 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. 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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