Tuesday 9 October 2012

A Love Poem To Autumn from London by Godden & Reid

Dear Autumn,

You handsome man you,
all conker and russet,
you golden leafed hunk

You wet moist sea-mister,
salt-faced tide twister.
Tongue tingling whisky snifter

I want to run my fingers down your foggy cloak,
to kiss your damp mulchy mouth,
Autumn, you stain my heart blackberry

Blueberry, cloudberry, sloeberry
Howl every rooftop raw and
sing your rasping song to me

Your fat chestnuts take my breath away,
your yellowing corn,
pumpkin grin,

Apple crumble me,
with custard,
oh Autumn love

Light-up your smoke stacks,
turn the clock back,
leafcrunch the sodden tracks with me

For all summer long
I searched for your embrace,
soupy lover,

Oh my darling dumpling stew,
so butternut sweet
and spice

So brittle bark and fat woodlice.
You came back to wrap me round in warmth
and whisper tangy truths to me...

Our love is
the fireworks that
light up my sky,

Our harvest moon,
my autumn

Pumpernickel pumpkin,

Our love is the steeping, 
steaming, seeping 
down into the soil, 

sweet and sticky,
 my maple syrup, 
snailing trails.

Dear Autumn,
this love is a poem
that will go on…

A love letter-poem to Autumn written on twitter on October 8th 2012
 © Salena Godden & Rachel Rose Reid 2012

For more from the brilliant Rachel Rose Reid please check out: http://www.rachelrosereid.com/

Dates for October's Diary:

Radio / October 10th / 1pm / Resonance FM: 
Hosted by Kit Caless and guests Salena Godden and Oli Spleen talking all about the magic of that Hastings influence. I'll be reading excerpts from 'Springfield Road' & 'Under The Pier' and sharing classics from SaltPeter. Tune in lunchtime 104.4FM or online:  http://resonancefm.com/

Gig / Warsaw, Poland / October 12th-14th / WARSAW FREE FORM FESTIVAL:  
 Adam Kammerling, Salena Godden and Wojtek Cichoń & many more: www.freeformfestival.pl

A night of literature from Jamaica & Trinidad & Tobago’s 50th: the best in Jamaican, Trinidad & Tobago culture, a carnival mash-up of literature, music, cuisine and film!   Click here for Bookings

Radio / October 21st 9pm / BBC Radio 1Xtra 
GIL SCOTT HERON Documentary / Presented by Benji B with contributions from Jamie XX, KRS-One, Mos Def, Chuck D, Salena Godden and many more plus Gil's close friends and family:  You be able to listen to it live here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/bbc_1xtra

Here's the BBC listings:


'Everyday' by SaltPeter / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtEIk8qbKE8

top tunes / myjam: http://www.thisismyjam.com/wearesaltpeter

audio & radio archives / mixcloud: http://www.mixcloud.com/salenagodden