Thursday, 25 June 2020

Margarita Pracatan - d. June 23rd 2020

No sombre ceremony
could fete you: that would be wrong,
wrong as the memory
of melody you learned for too long,
rendered unsingable. We
mourn your approximation of song.

Friday, 19 June 2020

Ian Holm - d. June 19th 2020

I admired your purity,  
from outside the stadium,
to the middle of another Earth, 
to the coldness of space
- a survivor, always believable
in your unbelievable art.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Vera Lynn - d. June 18th 2020

A table is reserved
at the Ritz of any age.
A menu of optimism
falls open at a page
adorned with bluebirds.
Angels sit expectantly
as you rise to the stage.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Keith Tippett - d. June 14th 2020

There are no blueprints
for spontaneity: breathe
in a note, chord, cadence,
breathe out brilliance
through fingertips that,
even now, don't know
what's coming next.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Ricky Valance - d. June 12th 2020

Tell Ricky, who loved him,
that in the chapel steeped in song,
we are singing his hymn
to doomed adolescence, the wrong
words but the right tune, grim
as the fate we expected all along.

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Rupert Hine - d. June 4th 2020



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Friday, 5 June 2020

Steve Priest - d. June 4th 2020

Are you ready, Steve,
to raise some hell, push 
the button marked blitz,
square off with the bass, 
find the action, grab a piece?
All right, fella, let’s go...

Monday, 1 June 2020

Michael Angelis - d. May 30th 2020

There's a promised land,
thick with accents, jokes,
where there are jobs 
for all the boys, signals 
are all set at clear
and there are rabbits, 
rabbits, everywhere.