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Saturday, 5 January 2013
Gathered on a Heading.
Gathered on a Heading
year sucked quietly from the blood (Kenneth Slessor, Captain Dobbin).I don’t know who’s out there, but I hope we
all had a jolly good Christmas and it was a joyful start to the new-year, and your
resolution is to make 2013 the best year yet in which to progress your
poetry.The end of 2012 was a milestone
for me in my writing – I had set myself a goal to have enough material written to
home publish – no, I don’t mean ‘self
publish’, I mean A4 pages double-sided copy on the B&W photocopier at work,
stapled with Rexel 24 staples and bound with black duct tape.The added incentive I set myself in order to
complete this task was to give a copy to all the people I know who might expect
to receive a Christmas gift from me.Being who I am, that didn’t extend to a whole lot of people beyond my
immediate family, so the place I work wasn’t deprived of too much of my time
and that old photocopier hardly worked up a sweat.
an amateur poet I feel I write purely because I must write (Bukowski – so you want to be a writer).But what is the point of writing stuff that
nobody will ever read, even as an amateur hobbyist?Ask yourself that question and it opens up a
whole lot more issues – who is my audience, or who do I want my audience to be?
what do they want from me? how do I assemble and present what I’ve got? Oh yeah, the person who has no need for an audience,
now that person is a pure artist.
now and then I feel I’ve got to gather up what I’ve done and present it in some
published form.That’s why I’m going
with a theme in the titles – my first collection I called, Gathered in my Wake.I had
all this stuff I had written over many years in the Navy and from reflecting on
life.The work was done retrospective to
my putting it together in a book – the writing was back there in my wake.My second collection of verse and poetry is
titled, ‘Gathered on a Heading’.Having written enough for one publication
wasn’t the end of it.I was still
writing.But what do you call a sequel to
‘looking behind’?‘Looking ahead, a heading is pretty obvious.That does leave me pondering if I haven’t
perhaps painted myself into a corner when I think, well I’m still writing and
one day I’m sure I’ll have enough work for a third volume.
In my two
publications I’ve kept the naval, maritime theme in the title. This sometimes concerns me that it’s too
narrow a descriptive of what I write about.Though I do assemble my poems under sub publication headings, Local & Domestic Headings for family
and personal stuff; On the Way to Making
a Living for things about work; Ships
at Sea & Wanderings for going back to my time in the Navy,and Spiritual
Headings for personal reflection.
admit, I felt pleased within myself when I wrapped individual copies of Gathered on a Heading in Christmas
wrapper and imagined the recipients enjoying the flow and challenge of my words.Feedback?Nothing really…..except from my
mum who unsolicited, said, “I thought this one was better than the first one”.Hey, I’m taking that as a clear sign of ‘getting better’, either that or I’ve
cleaned up my language.
My poem for
this post is selected to start the year light-hearted, Got Boat Shoes. It appears early in Gathered on a
Heading and it's influence comes from an old copy of Bab Ballads that I've got in my book collection. I
do enjoy the very ‘British’ voice and the limerick style of humour.
2012.I really do try to take fashion advice, but it
don’t never seem to work out.