Hello everyone, Paul here as your host for Poetics at the bar. Tonight folks I am asking you all to go ‘underground’
What, where or who is the underground? Perhaps a renegade group of poets railing against the cultural status-quo? a train-line connecting place A to place B which is very, very busy or very, very quiet? a place of mythical descents? the space where seeds are birthed and where the flowers come from? where the worms and moles live?
I think you will agree that there are many ways to the underground.
Here is a wonderful poem by Seamus Heaney to set you on your way.
There we were in the vaulted tunnel running,
You in your going-away coat speeding ahead
And me, me then like a fleet god gaining
Upon you before you turned to a reed
Or some new white flower japped with crimson
As the coat flapped wild and button after button
Sprang off and fell in a trail
Between the Underground and the Albert Hall.
Honeymooning, moonlighting, late for the Proms,
Our echoes die in that corridor and now
I come as Hansel came on the moonlit stones
Retracing the path back, lifting the buttons
To end up in a draughty lamplit station
After the trains have gone, the wet track
Bared and tensed as I am, all attention
For your step following and damned if I look back.
So let’s go to it. Bring me a poem from your underground travels and haul it back to the surface for us all to read. Happy writing.
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