Category: Community Poetry – Big Poems

Bournemouth Gardens of Light – call for poems on ‘light’

Festival of Light

In celebration of this year’s Bournemouth Gardens of Light Festival, I invite poets and residents to send in poems on the theme of ‘Light’.

These will be exhibited at a special ‘Light’ poetry display in the foyer of Bournemouth Library. The poems will be mounted and available to tour to other venues later.

It is proposed to include the poems on the theme of  ‘Light’ sent in during the 2013 Poet Laureateship process. Please let me know if you don’t want your poem included, or if you would like to display a photo and biography too.

As discussed previously, a book of collected Light poems is still planned as soon as funding is available. This is a great opportunity to showcase local poets in the meantime. So let’s light up the festival with a burst of poetry!

You can send your light poems
directly to me:  jamesmanlow@hotmail.com

Boscombe BIG POEM

Hi everyone!  Below, I’ve written a couple of verses to start off a BIG POEM about Boscombe – the area, the people, the community. Please feel free to add verses, lines, words, thoughts, ideas, comments about what Boscombe and its community means to you. Just scroll down to add your contribution in the box.

Anyone who would prefer to send an audio or visual contribution can do so by emailing a Soundcloud or YouTube link to jamesmanlow@hotmail.com, or posting it straight towww.facebook.com/jamesmanlowpoet and these also will then be embedded into the final poem.

Let’s see what we can come up with for a real community poem!


Boscombe Big Poem

To build another’s dream the workers came
And birthed a town – for how could Bournemouth be
Without Boscombe, the sand without the sea?
Boscombe the seedbed of imagination

Now as then – paintings, music, plays and poetry
Still fitting home to Shelley’s legacy,
The innovation and the rhythm and the rhyme,
And beauty forged from passion. Let a region

Lend its ear to what you have to say:
Tell all here what Boscombe means to you today. . .

Southbourne BIG POEM

Hi everyone!  Below, I’ve written a couple of verses to start off a BIG POEM about Southbourne – the area, the people, the community. Please feel free to add verses, lines, words, thoughts, ideas, comments about what Southbourne and its community means to you. Just scroll down to add your contribution in the box.

Anyone who would prefer to send an audio or visual contribution can do so by emailing a Soundcloud or YouTube link to jamesmanlow@hotmail.com, or posting it straight towww.facebook.com/jamesmanlowpoet and these also will then be embedded into the final poem.

Let’s see what we can come up with for a real community poem!

Southbourne Grove

 

Image © Copyright Chris Downer


Southbourne Big Poem

Suburb born of ‘Stourfield’ in the sunny south,
Haven for the wounded, weary of war,
With history at the Head, its blue-flagged beaches
Unequalled in the borough for their beauty,
And blue-plaqued buildings speaking to us still
Of aerodromes and storms and rival piers.

Today leave the bustle of Bournemouth town,
Escape chain store and supermarket brands
To shop amongst the Grove’s unique boutiques
Undiminished in both quality and range.
It’s time to speak again of Southbourne. Meet me
In Seafield Gardens. Tell of what you’ve seen and see. . .

 

Bournemouth Triangle BIG POEM

Bournemouth Triangle BIG POEM – a Bournemouth Emerging Art Fringe event, as part of this year’s Arts by the Sea Festival.

Hi everyone!  Below, I’ve written a couple of verses to start off a BIG POEM about the Triangle – the area, the people, the community. Please feel free to add verses, lines, words, thoughts, ideas, comments about what the Triangle and community means to you. Just scroll down to add your contribution in the box.

Anyone who would prefer to send an audio or visual contribution can do so by emailing a Soundcloud or YouTube link to jamesmanlow@hotmail.com, or posting it straight to www.facebook.com/jamesmanlowpoet and these also will then be embedded into the final poem.

Let’s see what we can come up with for a real community poem!

 

Bournemouth Triangle – BIG POEM

Bournemouth Triangle, a better place
To eat your way around the world and dance
Bright nights away towards the morning’s
Fresh coffee, family play. On such soul days

Seek something out of the ordinary
Here where it’s blooming marvellous and lion
Days shake out with pride their multicoloured manes.
All good things come in threes, and those three points

Meet here. Discover. . .

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