About Otwituaries


I started tweeting these poetic obituaries via Twitter on the death of Ernest Borgnine in July 2012. After a while a friend asked if I would gather them together, so I have created this blog as an archive. New Otwituaries will appear here as well as being broadcast via Twitter and Facebook.


All the Otwituaries are written very quickly on the day their subjects pass away, so are clearly lacking in polish or the insight that only comes in time, but they are all from the heart. They represent the people who have, in some way, touched my life - actors, musicians, sporting figures, TV personalities, writers, explorers and assorted others of note.

We live in an age where people are celebrated for the most modest of achievements - news and media ensure that seemingly everyone gets their five minutes of fame if they stick around long enough. It may therefore seem a little morbid or even self-serving on my part to write about the recently-deceased (few if any of whom I have actually met), but these people already enjoy some degree of immortality through their celebrity, and therefore don't need a poem from me. I hope you enjoy reading these short poetic sketches all the same, in the spirit they are intended.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Bob Hoskins - d. April 29th 2014

You knew your range,
who you could not be,
and opted for depth,
a kind of credibility.
A bit more than an 'ot dog,
know what I mean?

Read about Bob Hoskins here 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Mickey Rooney - d. April 6th 2014

From the last echo of the silents
to the clean sheen of pixels
there was that charm, that smile,
that small part in everything.

Read more about Mickey Rooney here

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Frankie Knuckles d. March 31st 2014

When you were young
life was the groove

that wouldn’t stop,
an endless break,
but here comes 
the crossfade,
the spinback, 
house lights up.

Read about Frankie Knuckles here