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.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Jeremy Lloyd - d. 22nd December 2014

You scripted the consequences 
of empire (not always hilarious),
the comic possibilities 
of station and innuendo,
our forgettable histories.

Joe Cocker - d. December 22nd 2014

You were the sum
of your diet - Silk Cut,
razor blades, 
John Lee Hooker.
Let the blues 
take you up, now, 
where you belong.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Mandy Rice-Davies - d. December 18th 2014

A brief flash  
of stocking-top notoriety,  
then decline
into respectability.
St Peter says 
he does not know you,
but he would, wouldn't he?

Read about Mandy Rice-Davies here