Theatre and book reviews by Janice Dempsey
On Sunday last, I went to Keats House Library in Hampstead to see the Keats House Forum poets and their guest that afternoon, Indigo Williams. Indigo is a wonderful writer and performer and it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. In the open mic I read a poem about life, in the language of a tic-tac man. As today is Grand National Day it seems a good time to post the poem and the video on here, though I wrote it a few days ago... I've provided a glossary of terms for non-tic-tac people...
The prompt today on NaProWriMo.net is to write a charm, a short rhyming poem intended to solve a problem or heal, in the tradition of mediaeval medicine and necromancy. At the moment the UK has a problem: Saharan sand is being blown from Africa across to the country by a south-west wind (an atypical direction), picking up toxic pollution from the European landmass, and hovering for the last few days over Britain in an area of high pressure. It's causing respiratory problems, eye and throat problems and severe asthma to many of us.
So I thought I'd write this charm poem to try to get rid of it:
Here is a poem based on the prompt for Day 2: a poem based on a myth from a culture other than Greek or Roman: I chose the story of the death of Baldr (or Baldur) the Beautiful, the Norse god of goodness, by Loki the god of mischief, using a sprig of magic mistletoe (since Frigg, Baldr's mother, had made everything else in nature swear never to harm her son.) Baldr's blind brother was involved in Baldr's murder and was punished for it, though he had not known what he was doing. Here's a link to a rather jokey account of the Norse myth and below, my equally jokey poem on the subject. The poem works best if read in rather a sing-song Norse voice.