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40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS. A Poem from Poets around the World. One per Day to Stay Awake during Covid. And to remind us of the Beyond.

On 8 January 2021, I selected a range of 40 much-loved British poems for reading during the lockdown.. ‘Quarantine’ comes from a French word referring to a 40-day period. Continue reading 



A Review of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), legendary Portuguese Poet plus ten of his poems

Until last month (October 202I, I had never heard of the Portuguese poet and major literary artist, Fernando Pessoa (1887-1935), who made an outstanding contribution to the written word in Portuguese and English. Continue reading 



TO OUR LAND. A Poem by Mahmoud Darwish, Palestine’s National Poet

Today, 15 May, marks Nakba Day – the Day of Catastrophe. Every year, on May 15, Palestinians remember their 1948 military expulsion from much of their land. This followed the end of the British Mandate over Palestine. In 1988, the Palestinian Parliament-In-Exile accepted the state of Israel. The Israeli government does not accept the state of Palestine. Only a handful of countries in the UN do not recognise the state of Palestine. Continue reading 



40 Days and 40 Nights. A Poem per Day to Stay Awake during Lockdown and Beyond

‘Quarantine’ comes from a French word referring to a 40-day period. Governments have issued a kind of quarantine, namely isolation of infected and uninfected citizens.

I have selected a range of 40 much-loved British/Irish poems. This is a small offering to those of you who spend much of the day at home. Continue reading 



Three Poems. The Vow Upon the Rock. The Power of Eros. Who will You Listen to?

THE VOW UPON THE ROCK

You move your love beyond your normal reach,

and hug your life into an austere fast,

renounce what forms so old that others preach,

to take upon this challenge. Act at last!

Where you face daily the trials anew,

and devotion knows those torments to repair, Continue reading 




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