Thursday, 30 October 2014
Kathimerini, Mark Deen & Rainer Buergin
"Germany denied it’s given support to proposals that would help Greece exit its bailout early, dealing a blow to a plan that’s already unnerved investors in the nation’s debt. The German government issued the statement after a meeting between Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (photo) and his Greek counterpart, Gikas Hardouvelis, in Berlin on Wednesday. While they discussed progress on reforms, media reports that Schaeuble backed an early exit for Greece are incorrect, the German minister’s spokesman said on Thursday".
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Australia, Tasmania, Port Arthur, Island of the Dead; Convicts from Dorset and Somerset; Edward Spicer; Henry Savery
Edward Spicer, from Poole, Dorset; died Port Arthur, 1854, aged 47:
Photo Jack Thwaites
Long time I bore
Physicians were in vain
Till God did please
That death should ease
Me from my pain"
The first two stones we're shown
When we've been transported
Island of the Dead-
They stand alone on the lower ground-
Commemorate two convicts
Who had creative flair.
From Poole in
Who penned his moving epitaph,
Soon to disappear,
By erosion of the sandstone face;
Inveterate forger -
Remembered by a modern stone,
A forgery itself,
As befits the maker
He cut his own throat,
And died of a "stroke".
They are part of a long tradition,
Death in custody, dishonourable graves;
The story's much the same.
The stones of soldiers, officers, guards
(Those on higher ground, along with wives and children),
Face North, not East:
Face not the rising sun, but Home. The convicts' headstones do not mark their graves.
But somewhere hereabouts, a few paces more or less,
Two sons of
Somerset and Dorset
A common plot
A good walk
"It takes a while for Mark Rowe to find Powerstock, but he’s rewarded with a revelatory walk amid sublime scenery".
I bought an anthology called "The New Young American Poets" (edited by Kevin Prufer) at an open-air bookstall in Dorchester a few weeks ago.
It looked brand new, but it was published in 2000, so the poets are no longer quite so new or so young. But they are relatively new, compared to the Beat Poets!
I particularly liked the poems of Denise Duhamel
This poem is both witty and effective.
This one too.