Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Pearl Carr - d. February 16th 2020

There’s a tree
in a meadow. I
imagine you 
there, or cooing
from the hedge
that divides
one age from
another, singing
like birds used
to sing when they
could really sing.

Katherine Johnson - d. February 24th 2020

Johnson's Rule

When calculating the effect
of a single body 
acting on a larger mass,
even the smallest force
will change its trajectory
permanently, irrevocably.

Read about Katherine Johnson here

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Heather Couper - d. February 19th 2020

Sometimes a star hides
in a corner of the sky
invisible to the eye
yet audible across time,
distant now, but surely
somewhere out there. 

Read about Heather Couper here

Monday, 17 February 2020

Andrew Weatherall - d. February 17th 2020

Today took you higher
than the sun, remixed,
just as you remixed me.
In the midst of life we are 
in dub, and Paradise 
is just a playlist.

Read about Andrew Weatherall here

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Caroline Flack - d. February 15th 2020

Let’s go to a place, sunny
even in rain, where bubbles
fizz in every glass and glance,
where every day’s a dance
for a moment, where troubles
drown and even this is funny.

read about Caroline Flack here

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Joseph Shabalala - d. February 11th 2020

Ilokishi ineendonga
Umculo awunazindonga
Isixeko sihamba ngaphandle kwesigqi
Umdaniso awupheli
Umhlaba uyacula ngokuvisisanayo
Ilizwi elinye licula ngonaphakade

The township has walls
Music has no walls
The city moves without rhythm
The dance never ends
The earth sings without harmony
One voice sings forever

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Kirk Douglas - d. February 5th 2020

They built a cross for you
on the Via Appia, warrior
of the Anthill, the longboat,
icon of the eternal audience.
Actors walk a lonely path:
yours was glorious.

Read about Kirk Douglas here

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Andy Gill - d. February 1st 2020

You brought entertainment:
bleak and angular, one part
funk to two parts anthrax,
an essence rare, now lost.