‘Struggle and Treachery’ Action 4/4: Transformations Poems (Book 7)

11 Oct

TRANSFORMATIONS

George Braque Metamorphoses

February 2013-March 2014

17 poets, 15 months, creating 1 contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

See the Transformations Page for more details or the ‘Present Collaborations’ Tab

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Poems Inspired by Book 7

 

.Featuring:

Nat Hall, James Knight and Karin Heyer

_

 

Medea’s Dream

by Nat Hall

.
Face without eyes.
chère toison d’or, cire ou de plomb*,
from dragon’s clutch,
protect my
heart.

.
Boy without face.

.
From the chariot drawn by the great fire breathers,
I shall not flee from fleece of love,
crush my own genes, or
drink from
tantalising cups…

.
Eyes without heart.

.
From sympathy to illusion,
don’t turn that girl
into a witch,
I shall not
bleed
or
betray you.

.
Heart without face,
I’ve lost my way across the sea,
where women weave
from handspun
waves,
kelp
and lust tides,
and find solace, here,
in West sky, as twilight awakes
Arcturus, space Argonaut among Perseids.

.
Face without boy.

.
This is where the shadows come to play**,
now let me enjoy meteors.

.
Nat Hall 2013

.
*) dear golden, wax or fleece of lead
**) from Somewhere in Between, Kate Bush, Aerial (2005) that accompanied this piece

.

Myrmidon*

by James Knight

.

Soil-spawned men

Murmuring

In the unreal light

 .

It’s cold

 ..

Imagine looking down

On the crowds agitating

Across Waterloo Bridge

.

An insect has a head,

An abdomen,

A thorax

Six legs

 .

Male ants and queens

Have wings,

Fly incompetently

.

One day a year

They broil in their thousands

On my lawn

 .

Imagine

All those people

Scurrying around London

Imagine

They’ve lost their humanity

To mindless endeavour

 .

Now imagine you’re somehow different

 .

Your life made up of a million minute Tasks

.

Medea

by James Knight

 .

Coiled

in the winter

of her womb,

 .

a nightmare

awaits the warmth

of a bitter spring

.

.

Pointed Horns

by Karin Heyer

 .

Then, many times the moon

had brought together

the points of her horns

To show her splendid, clear, completed form.

A fearful pestilence hit my people

lassitude struck them to the pillaged ground.

Burning skin and panting breath plagued

their polluted bodies and foaming lips.

Screaming, dying children women and men:

Helpless, abandoned to the forces of hell.

What images, what fear.

A cruel fate hit men and land.

No-one knew whence it came.

.. 

And now transform this image:

News-flash, August 2013, Syria,

an inflicted, fearful pestilence

struck its people

shown to the world

no-one knew whence it came.

But they did know and drew a red line

.

.

*= a poem which has been chosen for our Transformations art and poetry exhibition in September 2014 at Hanse House, Norfolk

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You can find more about Nat, James and Karin here:

Nat Hall:

http://nordicblackbird.weebly.com/index.html

https://twitter.com/nordicblackbird

James Knight:

http://thebirdking.com/

https://twitter.com/badbadpoet

Karin, as yet, does not have a website

 

 

 

 

 

 

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