The Last Call - By Our Poet Laureate

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The Last Call - By Our Poet Laureate

Post by camus » Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:55 am

Death called me,
I did not hear.
He spoke again:
Come near.

I went to look
for pity.
Poor death, I thought,
he loves me.

I guessed right,
he does.
And now I love him too,
just because.
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Post by David » Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:42 pm

I dunno. Is this any good?

I'm not sure it is. I mean, it's okay, but ...

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Post by barrie » Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:18 pm

I think it's very apt that this post about our venerable Laureate lies next to Twat. Titles could be jumbled: JCC - Our Poet Laureate and The Last Call - by Twat.

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Post by cameron » Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:29 pm

This appeared on the Poetry Society website a while back, and I thought it was quite good:


Red Gloves by Andrew Motion

Reaching the restaurant late
I find the empty shells
Of your gloves on the cold kerb:

Stretchy, crushed red velvet
Which slithered off your lap
To float in the sodium stream.

What could they mean, except
You have arrived before me,
And simply taken your place?

The things we forget, or lose,
Live in a heaven of debris,
Waiting for us to collect them;

Already your naked hands
Are fluttering over the table,
Missing they don't know what.
"And I meet full face on dark mornings
The bestial visor, bent in
By the blows of what happened to happen."

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Post by Wabznasm » Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:42 pm

That is pretty decent Cam, especially the penultimate stanza.

As for the title piece, Last Call, I'm glad someone else thinks it's crap. I didn't want to say anything unless I just 'didn't get it'. But what's there to get?

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Post by camus » Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:25 am

But what's there to get?

Well, the irony I suppose?

I just posted it, as Motion sickness had arisen, I thought he needed an outing.
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Post by Charles » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:40 am

Yeah, I didn't see much exciting in the first one either- the second one, I agree, is a half-decent poem. It's true, he hasn't written anything paticuarly inspiring, though there are a few on the poetry archive that are worth of attention.

'My poems are the product of a relationship between a side of my mind which is conscious, alert, educated and manipulative, and a side which is as murky as a primaeval swamp.' - That's a good quote, if nothing else.

I'm gonna be lucky enough to share a campus with him in a month, maybe I'll give him a drunken heckle for you guys should I feel so inclined. Hey, maybe he'll write a poem about me. :)

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Post by cameron » Mon Aug 27, 2007 3:13 pm

Who'd want to be Poet Laureate? Not me.

I think Mr Motion does a good job in trying to promote poetry to a wider audience. He seems a committed, quiet, intelligent kinda guy - it's just that his poetry (IMO) is not up there with his predecessors (Hughes and Betjeman). However, there have been worse Poet Laureates than him.

Larkin used to have nightmares about becoming Poet Laureate.

Or maybe Mr M deserves all the flack he gets for volunteering for the job in the first place??

Perhaps they should abolish it? Out-dated British clap-trap?

Who knows?
Colley Cibber?
Alfred Austin?
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Re: The Last Call - By Our Poet Laureate

Post by Charles » Mon Aug 27, 2007 3:46 pm

They should just make it a criminal offense to decline the post, that way they wouldn't have to phone the entire literary establishment to find someone nice enough and talantless enough to take the job. Hey, and then poets would be less eager to force their work on us - two birds one stone! Could work.

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