Devil’s Night (2007)

Devil’s Night It was called Devil’s Night in the town where I lived That veiled night before Halloween, When goblins came out and devils ran wild And some said that witches were seen. We kids stayed inside, safe in our beds And whispered of what there might be— But one year we intended to see…

#WhanThatAprille16: Riddle 20

Jumping into spring: it’s the time when folk long to go on pilgrimages and in addition to seeking the blissful holy martyr, medievalists like to share their love of language with the world. Thanks to Chaucer Doth Tweet, the event this year is called #WhanThatAprille16 so check out the hashtag for more audio delights. Here’s…

The Pallid Mist

Follow me into the pallid mist And I will give you a lover’s kiss; Should the sun rise before you flee You’ll have to bide a while with me. Johnny, oh Johnny, don’t walk in the mist And don’t share the secrets of girls you have kissed. Your heart, forged from marble so cold and…

Loreena McKennit, The Egg, 16 Oct 2015

The Egg is a lovely performance space: unfortunately it’s smack in the middle of the Empire State Plaza, a structure designed and built in the infernal realms (there’s a plaque that says so, I swear it). Between the normal Byzantine route required to actually enter the plaza and then hope to find parking and the…

Equinox in Brigadoon

“Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly…

Finns in Edinburgh: Canongate Kirk

Of course I was mostly interested in the cemetery — me and the magpies! The poet Robert Fergusson is buried there. While Laura and Risto looked around the church, I wandered among the gravestones. Lots of history here.

Video: Songs of Defiance

Denied the opportunity to use my fancy schmancy Powerpoint presentation at the performance of ‘Songs of Defiance’ on Monday at the Arts Center, I decided to just record the poem and make it a video. Of course I did it in bits and pieces in between other things so it’s only just now done. The…

Dames, Dolls & Defiance

A couple of dames talking: yeah, that’s me and the Queen of Everything AKA S. L. Johnson talking about art, inspiration and why restrictions are good for creativity on SpeakEasy Radio. If you missed Friday’s programme, it was a short one with humour (the cardinal rule, keep it short) with Graham Wynd‘s ‘Ham on Heels’…

Review: Diagnosis by Alessandra Bava

DIAGNOSIS Alessandra Bava Chapbook Dancing Girl Press Life is short: I find I have less and less time to review books because I am too busy writing them. Consequently I only review books that I simply have to urge people to read. Like this one: poetry is an investment. A slender chapbook takes no time…

Kinski Butterfly

Richard Sanderson is doing another one of his free-for-all projects Two Minutes Left over at Linear Obsessional Recordings (Submissions open until December 15th). I took part in last year’s Button Box with a spoken word piece from my story “Carlos” that appears in the second Fox Pockets anthology, Shapeshifters. That recording is free to download: So…