‘Strength and Disgrace’ Strike 4/4: Transformations Poems (Book 9)

28 Nov


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


Poems Inspired by Book 9


Richard Biddle and Nat Hall


Becoming Tree

by Richard Biddle


as the labyrinthine brain shreds into a maze of mutations
and unburdens itself of language
as the gnashing teeth clack like glockenspiel blocks
and varnished nails vanish in a panic of burnished light;

imagine no-footedness, the cessation of journeying
imagine an amnesty of grateful arms gracefully
embracing the birds’ hollow bones
imagine not imagining

as the realisation of non-self engulfs this body with
molecular precision
as death’s imitation spreads its follicular canopy
above nibbling insects and spongy humus

imagine a factory, a pulp-plant manufacturing seedpods
imagine a container, a casket for nascent fungi
a treasury of lumber
imagine an artificial jungle

then see that this is the place where ivy climbs
it’s lost patterns
where frond, stalk and needle, sap strength
from Rain’s plummeting vitality

where fingerless stumps leaf through
Sun’s, illuminated manuscript

and where Wind, emboldened and deathless,
voices its enduring testament
to this beatific



by Nat Hall


Transformer by Nat Hall Book 9


Mercy Street 2 by Nat Hall Book 9


You can find more about Richard and Nat here:


Richard Biddle




Nat Hall


One Response to “‘Strength and Disgrace’ Strike 4/4: Transformations Poems (Book 9)”

  1. nordicblackbird November 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Reblogged this on nordicblackbird and commented:
    With grateful thanks to Nicky Mortlock for her patience & dexterity as the website guru ;0) This one was a particular challenge as far as layout is concerned.

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