Saturday, January 08, 2005

Saturday morning poem blogging

I know this is the poem from Rob Read's 18 Full English Breakfasts (Wood & Coal 2004) that everyone talks about, but I want to share it with you in case you haven't had a chance to read it. It's a translation of an anonymous Middle English lyric.


Summer's comin'
lewd cuckoo
grow up seeds & bloodweed
and spring up rude new.
Sing cuckoo.

Awe beats after lamb
lewd after calf cow
bull starts up; buckfart.
Movie song cuckoo
cuckoo cuckoo
well-singed cuckoo;
Newsweek is never new.

Apologies for the wide leading. I'm still figuring this HTML stuff out.

Rob will be reading with musical accompaniment at the Timothy's at Bay and College this Wednesday, the 12th, at 7:30.

This poem also appears in Jay MillAr's and Jon Paul Fiorentino's answer to the Breathing Fire anthology, Pissing Ice (BookThug 2004).

More on 18 Full English Breakfasts soon.

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