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.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Jackie Collins - d. September 19th 2015

Bring me shoes, a Benz,
a boob job. Dial me 
a mogul, a bastard, 
a stud. I'll write you
a bitch, shallow/deep as
a Bel Air swimming pool.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Brian Sewell - d. September 19th 2015

Death, unutterably...vulgar,
was just the prolegomenon
to an ethereal afterlife, 

Read about Brian Sewell here

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Judy Carne - d. September 3rd 2015

I saw a girl.
Where did you see the girl?
In beautiful downtown Burbank.
What kind of girl?
An It Girl,
a sock-it-to-me girl. 
Which girl? 
That girl.

Read about Judy Carne here

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Joy Beverley - d. August 31st 2015

O glamorous sister,
your post-war lustre,
from cat's whisker
to humming transistor,
now fades to a whisper.