2003, Volume 1, Number 6
Carley & Sprite:
the front garden defies all -
stinging nettle soup
up the dresser draw
she spoons in the polenta
the cat runs
on the terra-cotta floor
a china plate - breaks
deep in the harissa dish
- a song about thorns
broom cuttings bundled
fresh for the Queen of the May
smoke sweetly over charcoal -
rosemary and thyme
polenta: a think cornmeal porridge typical of Alpine Italy
a North African condiment based on pimentos and cardamom
is a language spoken in the Italian alpine province of Piedmont.
is 48 years old and lives in the Pennine Hills of northern England,
cradle of the British textile industry and home to the Industrial Revolution.
A polyglot and
former musician John has a particular interest in the phonic properties
of poetry and has written, performed and published a wide range
of material in English, Italian, French and Piemoteis as well as
literary translations from Urdu, Bangla and, more recently, Japanese.
analogue to Japanese teikei (strict form) prosody, nicknamed the
'zip' style, has earned both consternation and support amongst those specialising
in Japanese verse forms in the English language.
aka Sprite, is 50 years old and lives in East London in the UK,
an area which has, in the last two decades, grown from its Cockney
and Jewish roots to embrace a motley of Bangladeshi, Somalia and
Vietnamese cultural influences.
in poetry stems from a compulsion with the written word, a compulsion
that she once considered a disease and tried to cure on more than
one occasion, without success. Bilingual in French and English,
some knowledge of German, she has a keen, almost passionate interest
on the influence of language on the psyche and is fascinated by
the process of translation. She views cross-cultural collaborative
poetry as a most excellent tool for furthering understandings of
all kinds, including that of the poetic process itself."
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