Now available from Materials:
WINDSUCKERS & ONSETTERS: SONNOTS for Griffiths
by Manson and Mendoza
Blue card covers, 48 pages, side-stapled. £5 inc p&p in UK (£6 Europe, £10 ROW).
WINDSUCKERS & ONSETTERS: SONNOTS for Griffiths is a collaborative project between Peter Manson & Mendoza in commemoration of Bill Griffiths (August 20, 1948 – September 13, 2007). The assemblage of ‘niners’ (nine sets of nine lines with nine syllables per line) uses, or responds to, text found in Fishing and Folk: Life and Dialect on the North Sea Coast (2008) & Pitmatic: Talk of the North East Coal Field (2007) compiled by Bill Griffiths.
Bill Griffiths was born in Middlesex and settled in Seaham, Co. Durham. Mendoza was born in Northumberland and settled in London. Peter Manson was born in Glasgow and settled in Glasgow.
You lose your light. spend all of your lives.
“endless doubtlessness, land-full / surprised-
ness”. unintelligible language.
eye-acute. “look at the sun rising…
unspeaking and becoming” light-like
sun-froth unGod. sun-needle gaze-blaze
erase death, and in-turn re-birth. this
land is gold. this coal is gold. this clan-
ship of miners is gold is gold is
Many thanks to David Grundy and Lisa Jeschke.
There are four of my translations from Mallarmé (“…Mysticis umbraculis”, “Sonnet to Valère Gille”, “Macabre gallantry” and “The prodigal son”), a poem translated from Verlaine (“Hour of the shepherd”) and an untitled poem by me in MOTE 1, ed. Dominic Hale, Maria Sledmere and Ryan Edwards (Edinburgh, July 2018). Many thanks to the editors.
There are some extracts from the sequence WINDSUCKERS & ONSETTERS: SONNOTS for Griffiths, by Peter Manson and Mendoza, in the new issue 5 of para·text magazine, edited by Laura Elliott and Angus Sinclair. Other contributors include Rowan Evans, Laura Elliott, Jeremy Allan Hawkins, Sarah Hayden, Steven Hitchins, nick-e melville, Drew Milne, Jessa Mockridge and Richard Skelton. £6.50 + postage. Many thanks to the editors. The complete WINDSUCKERS & ONSETTERS sequence is due soon as a book from MATERIALS.
I have two poems, “1/ still life in the yolk” and “14.5.17 (for John Hall)” in volume 9, issue 1 of Causeway / Cabhsair, a magazine edited from the University of Aberdeen by Oliver Tong and Lily Greenall. The issue also includes work by David Wheatley, Sheena Blackhall, Helen McClory, Kenneth Steven, Deborah Moffatt and many others. Thanks to the editors.
I’ve edited a pamphlet anthology of current Scottish poetry for Martin Corless-Smith’s FREE POETRY imprint in Boise, Idaho. The poets included are Dorothy Alexander, Christina Chalmers, Calum Gardner, Katy Hastie, Colin Herd, MacGillivray, nick-e melville, Iain Morrison, Nisha Ramayya and Kathrine Sowerby. The publisher encourages the reproduction of this chapbook and its free distribution, ad infinitum.
Here are electronic copies of the anthology files:
Free Poetry Scotland Anthology (458k pdf) [edited 26 March: some formatting improved]
Free Poetry Scotland Cover (52k pdf) [edited 15 March: the cover link should work now!]
Thanks to Martin, and to Colin Johnson and Tessy Ward for their work on the anthology.
In the storm
from Théophile Gautier
The barque is small and the sea immense,
the wave throws us up to the sky in anger,
the sky, in madness, sends us back to the flood:
let us pray on our knees, next to the broken mast!
Between us and the tomb there is only a single plank:
perhaps this evening, in a bitter bed,
under a cold shroud, made of white foam,
we will go to sleep, our vigil kept by the lightning!
Flower of paradise, Our sainted Lady,
so good to sailors in peril of dying,
becalm the wind, make the waves go quiet,
and push with a finger our skiff towards the port.
We will give you, if you save us,
a beautiful dress made of silver paper,
a painted altar-candle weighing four pounds,
and, for your Jesus, a little Saint John.