Monday, 29 July 2013

Poem by Todd Swift on the occasion of the burial of his grandmother's urn



IN MEMORIAM : MELITA HUME

Melita, where to place you in your life?
Your own, of course, which ends
And starts, as all do, in its course –
Seen the way a river is, at bends,

At curves, the banks disclosed
Or covered by green shade of trees.
This coming close to any life, though
Is not yet yours, quite: the metaphor`s

Too general to do more than send
A mind pond-skittering away, a stone –
We know you more deeply than this –
The onlyness of each one`s store

Of actions, styles, ideas, graces:
In gardens, with books, at races.
The smart teaching girl, good wife –
Mother, grandmother – kind if stern

Afraid of fire as she had learned fire –
Cautious, concerned, intelligent, careful
To preserve – and gestures – how she
Brought breadcrumbs slowly off

The tablecloth with her palm as she talked.
How she walked in the woods!  A beautiful
Woman, finally, whose many turns
Arrived at no other shape than this one.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Common Assault

The editor of Eyewear, Todd Swift, has been the victim of a common assault outside The Marylebone Hotel at noon, this past Thursday. While he recovers and seeks restitution, he may not be posting here.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Saturday, 6 July 2013

GONE FISHIN'

Eyewear thinks that the whole point of July is to take it easy, soak up the sun, and stay outside as much as possible, reading, relaxing, and sipping lemonade.  As this is our ethos, the blog will resume in August, with poems by Stephen Burt, and reviews of many new and recent poetry collections.  Keep looking out for poetry in the meantime, and enjoy our numerous previous posts!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

THE MELITA HUME POETRY PRIZE SHORTLIST FOR 2013!

Eyewear Publishing Ltd. is delighted to announce the 13 shortlisted poets for the Melita Hume Prize, 2013, to be judged by Jon Stone (winner announced September).  We received an extraordinary number of superb debut collections from poets 35 years of age or under based in the UK or Ireland - it was a difficult choice, but each of these poets has written a collection of brilliance:


MARIA APICHELLA
KEIRAN PATRICK GODDARD
CARINA HART
KEITH JARRETT
MARK LEECH
JESSICA MAYHEW
RICHIE McCAFFERY
MARION McCREADY
STEFAN MOHAMED
RACHAEL MADELEINE NICHOLAS
SHELLEY ROCHE-JACQUES
V. A. SOLA SMITH
TOM WEIR





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