write-now

Poems are, for me, words on a page.  Although sound and voice are important elements, it is the shape of the words and lines, their relationship to each other on the surface, caught by the eye, that play a more vital role in my own writing.

At the turn of the year, I found myself forming a list poem, citing the words and phrases that have clouded our horizons during 2020, and continue to hover over us.

In the first online workshop of my Artists' Books and Bookbinding course, I learnt a new technique for binding pages and subsequently used it to create a book for my Word Cloud poem.

Each line was inscribed on heavy artists' paper with old fashioned pen and ink.  When the pages were collated and pasted, the book sprang open to form a circle - a surprising and apt way of positioning the words on the page for this particular poem.

Rather than being secured with a hard cover, the book is contained in its own box.

January 2021

Word cloud

 

unprecedented

pandemic

panic

priority groups

personal 

protective

space

hands and face

stay safe

 

clap

 

socially-distance

self-isolate

anti-bacterial

 

shield

 

key dates

transmission rates

follow the science

test and trace

lockdown in tiers

hopes and fears

 

a perfect storm

a second wave

a spike

a curve

a U-turn

out-perform

NHS

 

excess death

 

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