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The Carol Singers

Lovely to attend Bournemouth Library’s Carol Service this morning and read a new poem ‘The Carol Singers.’ A lovely event with readings and singing – including babies wriggling and rhyming – and wonderful performances from St. James’ Primary School Choir, with The Mayor in attendance. Just the ticket this festive time of year!

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The Carol Singers

Then all at once we hear their voices ringing
Somewhere out there in the dark, like church bells
Blown by some new wind to set them singing
In our minds: falling snow and Christmas smells,
Stamp of hooves, and snorts, and harness jingling,
With taste of mince pies and mulled wine mingling,
And peace and goodwill and ‘all will be well’s:
A two thousand year old story that still tells
Of something ancient again beginning,
‘Til suddenly what was outside now is in,
And everyone is singing, heart and soul,
Becoming a part of all that’s been heard,
As if only for this time, this place, the whole
World is singing the same song with one word.

 

James Manlow
Poet Laureate for Bournemouth

Written for Bournemouth’s Christmas celebrations 2014

 

 

 

Light up Bournemouth with your poems!

With festivals including Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year, autumn and winter are all about light – not to mention the Bournemouth ‘Gardens of Light’ now launched in the lower gardens.

So you if have any poems on the theme of light, or fancy writing one, you can send them directly to me at jamesmanlow@hotmail.com, and I’ll arrange for them to be posted on the December online Celebrating Poetry link, and also printed and mounted on the Poetry Wall in the foyer of Bournemouth Library.  Let’s light up Bournemouth with poetry!

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Poetry and three cheers for the Kasbah Club!

It was lovely to be invited to attend a special presentation evening at the Kasbah Club in Pokesdown on Saturday. Along with a whole string of other worthy charities – including Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation – the sports club has raised a wonderful amount for Alzheimers, and it was a pleasure to accept, on behalf of Alzheimers Research UK, a cheque for more then £1,200, and to read a poem in support of Dementia Awareness.
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Meeting Writers

Southbourne Library Coffee Morning
Lovely time reading and talking poetry in Southbourne this morning.

Next stop today, Jane Skellett’s
Meet-the-writers

 

Professional Development Opportunities for Bournemouth Writers

Arts Fanatics
New career and professional development opportunities for Bournemouth writers coming soon to Bournemouth from Lit Up (Literature Development Project). . .

 

The Forget-me-nots – a poem for Remembrance Day 2014

The Forget-me-nots

On ‘Poppy Day’ – I kid you not –
I saw a blue forget-me-not;
And walking, wondered at the reason
That here miraculous it blew:
A yellow sun amongst such blue
Petals lonely, out of season.

That ghosted flower left behind
Now flutters each year in my mind.
Once war knew well each season’s place –
Spring offensive, winter ceasefire:
Humans gave it a natural face
To hide the bending of our nature.

So many flowers, many fields.
The mind thinks on, yet what’s not healed ’s
Reminder to us still of debts
We owe to others here no longer;
Knowledge that gnaws at our regrets
And sense of sacrifice the stronger

Felt in each new generation:
The men and women that live on
In our remembrance, whose lots
Went horror-humbling to make us wise;
Who died red poppy deaths yet rise
As thoughts of blue forget-me-nots.

James Manlow
Poet Laureate for Bournemouth

A poem written for Remembrance Day 2014
and to commemorate the centenary of the First World War

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Wimborne Literary Festival

Wimborne Literary Festival
Wimborne Literary Festival now underway. Looking forward to reading on Friday.

 

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. . .

Poet Profile Pages – an opportunity for all Bournemouth poets

Thanks to everyone who has been sending in their poems for the monthly themed Online Celebrating Poetry pages published on the council website – a good way to get your work known by Bournemouth residents and beyond. It would be great now to expand this by adding extra web pages to showcase information about you! – the poets themselves.

On National Poetry Day I launched a new project called Poetry Profile Pages. Each ‘Poet Profile Page’ will feature a short biog. , author photo and links to poems, plus hyperlinks to websites/FB pages/Soundcloud etc. Poets known for their written work, spoken word and performance all welcome.

If you’d like to be showcased here, please email me the following at jamesmanlow@hotmail.com

  • Short biog. (2oo word max)
  • author photo
  • and links to any poems, websites, social media pages etc. that you would like to be included.
    If you have books or sound recordings for sale, it is fine to include links to these too.

In order to get the project rolling, pages will be published in order of the material that arrives. There will be a house style and everyone will get the same amount of exposure and space on the pages. If the designers require anything else I will let you know.

Meanwhile, I look forward to receiving your material. The council pages are viewed regularly not just by Bournemouth residents but by tourists and those visiting the town from elsewhere in the UK and from around the world too. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work.

 

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

 

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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. . .

 

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