A poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feelings through words.
This may sound easy. It isn’t.
A lot of people think or believe or know they feel — but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. And poetry is feeling — not knowing or believing or thinking.
Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.
To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
“There’s only one way a poet can develop his actual writing — apart from self-criticism & continual practice. And that is by reading other poetry aloud — and it doesn’t matter whether he understands it or not (i.e. even if it is in another language.) What matters, above all, is educating the ear”
Reminder: “War of Words: Soldier Poets of the Somme” for which we made the poetry animations, repeated BBC4 9pm Sunday 3rd July in commemoration of #somme100 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04pw01r
This compilation was put together as a teaser for the full length documentary and released on the iPlayer the weekend of Rememberance Day.
Making these animations was a very humbling privilege, and a hefty responsibility, and we hope they are a fitting tribute to the people who saw and experienced things thankfully most of us only have to imagine.
A great big thanks to Hugh Cowling and Libby Redden who contributed so much to the finished work.
Embedded below is a trailer for the short.
A Little Madness in the Spring is Wholesome even for the King
These three lists, on different platforms and all contain different tracks from each other, are a rough account of what I have been listening to for the last season. After November I didn’t listen to any music at all for a while, then coming back to it like someone who has been on holiday in the seventies and missed all the news in the meantime.
On listening again I personally sense a theme of renewal and progression, pretty obvious for the season I know, maybe you can feel that too.
(beware the 8tracks list autoplays on mobile)