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, 23 July 2014

Dora Bryan - d. July 23rd 2014

You were the stealer of scenes;
mother, sister, barmaid, aunt, 
chirpy as a crate of canaries,
the honey in everyone's cupboard.

Read about Dora Bryan here

Sunday, 20 July 2014

James Garner - d. July 19th 2014

I scrounged these words,
a trick I learned from you,
but when I called 
to let you know
I got Hello, this is Jim
I'm not here right now.

Read about James Garner here

Friday, 18 July 2014

Johnny Winter - d. July 16th 2014

Though they bootlegged you
into oblivion,
mainlined your licks,
your blues were always true,
and indelible as an old tattoo.

Read about Johnny Winter here

With thanks to Brett Evans

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Elaine Stritch - d. July 17th 2014

Vaudeville has so many orphans,
but none like you,
eyes bright as nickels,
voice soaked in vinegar,
laughing down the years.

Read about Elaine Stritch here

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Alfredo Di Stéfano - d. July 7th 2014

The game is nearly done,
lit up by genius, rare
as the perfect hat-trick.
The fourth official
holds up the board
which says zero minutes.

Read about Alfredo Di Stéfano here