Elderly pathways
Straight lines through an empty town
Lost destinations

✏️ #mbnov

Force me to select
One highlight of the autumn -
Abundance of squash

✏️ #mbnov

Trying to bind us
Ivy creeps slowly over
The cracks in our walls

✏️ #mbnov

To inflate one’s worth
Beyond the reality -
Mistake of many

✏️ #mbnov

Beginning of day
Puzzling over breakfast tea
Wondering what next?

✏️ #mbnov

Green changed to amber
Pine needles are covering
Red tiles on the stoop

✏️ #mbnov

Near neighbours entwine
Branches and tendrils twisted
Broken in the fall

✏️ #mbnov

A fake persona
Wane into obscurity
Astonish me now

✏️ #mbnov

Concentrate on sleep
Losing thoughts and ideas
Mislaid in the mist

✏️ #mbnov

An autumn morning
Dreary days of wind and rain
Sweeping sodden leaves

✏️ #mbnov

John Keats was born #OnThisDay, 31st October 1795. And on 31st October 1820 the 25 year old poet also first set foot on Italian soil after 35 days at sea and 10 in quarantine. Keats-Shelley Memorial Association podcast 🔗

Currently reading: The Fire of Joy by Clive James 📚

From standup to stanzas: Frank Skinner’s terrific guide to poetry 🔗

Now embarking on its second series, the podcast is a terrific listen: bursting with enthusiasm for its chosen poems and constantly amusing about Skinner’s relationship with them.

France divided over calls for Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine to be reburied in Panthéon 🔗
The Guardian

Clive James: ‘The poems I remember are the milestones marking the journey of my life’ 🔗 — Excerpt: What makes great poetry? An exclusive extract from the late critic’s final book The Fire of Joy celebrates the poems he loved most. 📚

‘He returned to what he really was’: Clive James’s daughter on his poetic farewell 🔗 — Excerpt: Ten months before his death last year at the age of 80, Clive James underwent an eight-hour operation to remove a tumour on his face. Already very frail – he had been suffering from leukaemia for a decade – afterwards it took him almost a week to emerge fully into consciousness.

The poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born #OnThisDay, 4th August 1792.

Prometheus Unbound

The Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley died #OnThisDay, 8th July 1822, at the age of 29, when his boat went down in a sudden storm off the coast of the Gulf of La Spezia.

Shelley's grave in Rome

Radical Wordsworth by Jonathan Bate review – fleet-footed and inspiriting 🔗 — Excerpt: In 1798, William Wordsworth arrived from Bristol at the cottage of his friend, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in Nether Stowey in Somerset.

William Wordsworth was born on 7th April 1770. #OnThisDay 250 years ago.

Poet’s corners: a car-free tour of inspiring Wordsworth sites 🔗 — Excerpt: William Wordsworth was born in Cumbria 250 years ago, on 7 April 1770. Inspired by nature and a sense of place, he was an environmentalist as well as a poet, so it’s fitting to visit the places he celebrated in as eco-friendly a way as possible.

Walking in London - Finding poetry, politics and more - a Flickr album 📷 🔗


Shelley in London: Poland Street 🔗 — Excerpt: Soho is my favourite part of London. I love walking from Oxford Circus to Leicester Square, dipping into Covent Garden.

Fascism: I sometimes fear… — link to a poem by Michael Rosen 🔗

William Blake, poet and printmaker, was born #OnThisDay 1757 BBC In Our Time