After the fiasco of the
Who do you support for the Chair of Poetry in Oxford this time?
At least I had heard of both those contenders. This time around I’m largely in the dark. Here are their statements.
Carol Ann Duffy our current Poet Laureate is doing a fantastic job, being relevant, accessible, clever and amusing as her recent poem about the ash cloud shows. She knows how to connect with the people.
Silver Lining by Carol Ann Duffy
Five miles up, the hush and shoosh of ash,
yet the sky is as clean as a wiped slate-
I could write my childhood there. Selfish
to sit in this garden, listening to the past-
a gentleman bee wooing its flower, a lawnmower-
when grounded planes mean ruined plans, holidays
on hold, sore absences from weddings, funerals,
But Britain’s birds
sing in this spring, from Inverness to Liverpool,
from Crieff to Cardiff, Oxford, London Town,
Land’s End to John O’ Groats; the music silence summons,
that Shakespeare heard, Burns, Edward Thomas; briefly, us.