Sunday, 14 February 2021

'WHAT WILL SURVIVE OF US IS LOVE'

The last line of Philip Larkin's almost love poem 'An Arundel Tomb'.  

It's St Valentine's Day (though we celebrated the Welsh equivalent on 25 January, Dydd Santes Dwynwen - St Dwynwen's Day).  

'Love - what will survive of us' was the theme of Wenlock Books' Poetry Breakfast 21 a few days ago when I read two love poems which speak to each other across the years.  The poems are Edwin Morgan's 'Strawberries' a powerful, sensual love poem and Jackie Kay's 'Strawberry Meringue' which recounts a 'wee tea party' with Edwin and the love of friendship.  The older poet was Scotland's first Makar (poet laureate) and Jackie Kay is the current Makar.

You can read 'Strawberry Meringue', listen to a recording of Edwin Morgan reading 'Strawberries' and see my comments about the poems on Wenlock Books Poetry Breakfast 21, together with much, much more poetry on the theme with guest poet Paul Henry.  Go to

https://wenlockbooks.co.uk/poetry-breakfast-21/



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