Friday 28 August 2020

Poem: 'Dog Days Done' + Fundraiser for Beirut

Dog Days Done 

Now is that moment

the first time you notice 

summer lift her skirt 

revealing a turn of 

amber leaf and yellow 

summer takes her time 

to pack her belongings

weary butterflies 

thirsty bees

and somewhere 

in a distant field

summer writes 

goodbye letters in gold 

on hay and corn 

and chestnut 

and you 

the morning after 

the thunder storm

you open the window 

and smell it changed

wafts of old grass

and late summer

this end is a beginning 

make hay, make time

bilberries and blackberries

a feast for the sparrows

dog days done 

Sirius goes south

the last burst of roses

for a lughnassadh table

the tomato harvest

the fruits of August 

red, ripe and colourful 

in Septembers hands

feeding our autumn

and all tomorrows hopes

(c) Salena Godden / London / 2020

*photos from my yard, tomatoes, rainy sunflower, rose, lavender and flowering mint


Dipped in Song

An evening of poetry in solidarity with and fundraising for Beirut 

Sunday 30 August 2020 – 5.30PM (UK) / 7.30PM (Beirut)  

Out-Spoken Press, together with Lisa Luxx, present Dipped in Song, an evening of poetry in solidarity with and to raise funds for relief efforts in Beirut following the devastating explosion earlier this month.

The event will be a ticketed Zoom, hosted by Joelle Taylor and will feature readings by, and conversation with, Lebanese poets and those connected to Beirut, as well as from other poets who stand in support and solidarity.

Featuring readings by Zeina Hashem Beck, Vahni Capildeo, Caroline Bird, Hala Alyan, Riwa Saab, Salena Godden, Raymond Antrobus, Lisa Luxx, Rewa Zeinati, Richard Georges & Anthony Anaxagorou

please donate 

& join us

People's History Museum, Manchester 

opens it's doors again on September 1st 2020

Look up and look out for the yellow . . .  

My poem #PessimismisforLightweights lives there on permanent display

You'll find signed books and posters in the museum shop too

Register to visit the museum:

Have you seen these juicy Nymphs and Thugs bundles? 

You get the 2LP gatefold LIVEwire vinyl 

plus the full-colour LIVEwire poetry zine 

and the ‘Live at Byline Festival EP’ CD too!

ALL for just £21 + P&P 

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