18th June 2016
We are always looking for ways to enrich the experience of on form without losing any of its calming focus. The poetry workshop led by poet Tamar Yoseloff on 18th June did exactly that. The poets were encouraged to get out into the garden and experience the sculpture and its setting with all their senses. And here are some of the results:
On circling Angela Palmer’s geological installation Anthropocene
from shifting sightlines epochs move
the curl of earthwork
wrestles its spines
a corps de ballet misaligned
stones leap and ages meet
narratives bend towards and
away from the mirrored end
and their in-between
wayward sisters spin
a dance of time
Wendy Osgerby 2016
Yes, yes it was full of Druids back then-
Telling tales inside a cold hard mouth of marble.
Over there, layered on that low horizon of
Basalt and sparrow-pecked limestone,
The sediment of their nettle-creeping long memories.
Ah, these bundles of still days!
So much better than the aisles at Sainsbury’s.
Light bathing sensual
Pleasure waves rippling
through sentinel trees
red poppy drug
Infused wild colour
caress my skin
Feel its nuanced texture
and diverse mood
uncover its depth
Marvel at shared
JM June 2016
The Space Between
(After Rob Good’s sculpture, ‘Long Ago’)
I resist interpreting
this silent gesture –
leaving your wooden ladder on the lawn
as if nothing happened,
as if you will return later.
I resist hindsight –
you lying on the grass
gazing up, contemplating,
And when you smiled. I resist
as my hand sweeps down its rungs,
strumming a new scale
of loss and gone.
Instead I fetch a second ladder,
lean it till balanced
their breath sustained –
the mass and weightlessness of love.
polishes to the last finger-nail
the last half-moon, milk-white
sees a darkening, a roughening
of the nail’s edge. He files, chisels back
to the crescent a cataracted cuticle
but still the lovely nail-plate splits
reveals striations, strata, crushed skeletons
of creatures we once were
until the perfect oval sharpens
curves, unfolds a claw.
Margot Myers 01/07/16