Wise Words Festival – Canterbury

September 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

We took a very rock ‘n’ roll road trip attitude for our drive down to Canterbury last Friday as September decided to give forth all the missed summer heat in one go. Our lovely but characterful old car needed a few rests on the way down. 

This is my third year at Canterbury, producing a commissioned poem to reflect something going on in the soul of the city. This year’s two big literary things were the reopening of The Beaney Library on the High Street, and the 1st Annual WISE WORDS Festival run by the wonderful Workers Of Art team, better known as Beth, Ben, Jude (Who is one year old and an utterly delightful young fellow), Jane & Bruce. 

The piece I created for the library is called The Body As Library, and it was to be installed as an artist’s book (Beautifully made by book artist Andy Malone). It was also  projected onto the inner walls of The Beaney so that people could take in the poem in an easy way by it merely being there for them to partake of without worrying about it being poetry. 

The Body As Library (Artist’s Book by Andy Malone)

I chose some excerpts from the long poem to act as inspirations to be placed up high above the library books themselves… 

Two of the Four Quotes in The Main Library

In my next post I’ll tell you more about the festival, and some readings and events I took part in and watched, and some groovy general vibes stuff too like the wonderful teepee for example..

On a completely unrelated line of though (or maybe not). Here is a wonderful poem a reader sent to me today to lift my spirits, which I’d like to share with you. Thanks Jenny. 

Answer To A Child’s Question 

Do you ask what the birds say? The Sparrow, the Dove,
The Linnet and Thrush say, I love and I love!
In the winter they’re silent — the wind is so strong;
What it says, I don’t know, but it sings a loud song.
But green leaves, and blossoms, and sunny warm weather,
And singing, and loving — all come back together.
But the Lark is so brimful of gladness and love,
The green fields below him, the blue sky above,
That he sings, and he sings; and for ever sings he —
I love my Love, and my Love loves me! 

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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