Wednesday, 8 December 2010

National Poetry Convention Reading


A man on stilts at the entrance the Liverpool Garden Festival. © Copyright Gerald England.


NATIONAL POETRY CONVENTION READING,
FESTIVAL GARDENS, LIVERPOOL,
26th MAY 1985.

(Written and performed at the event)

Two score of poets
under China-painted corrugated roof
bounce words into the Mersey wind

As the waterfall bounces off rocks
into a pebble-shored lake
so we listen,
absorbing liquidity of meaning

While children throw stones into the water
expecting only splashes
we throw our words at you
and await the ripples

© GERALD ENGLAND

Composed: Liverpool, 26th May 1985

Publications

1985 The Old Police Station (UK)
1994 Tree Trunk (USA)

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