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National (Shed) Poetry Day

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by (Alex) last modified Oct 06, 2011

It's National Poetry Day today. Those of you who enjoy both sheds and stanzas should make a beeline for the work of John 'Shedman' Davies who both writes about sheds and tours the country's festivals performing from inside a shed. His collection 'Shedman' is particularly worth investigating. Our favourite poem about garden offices and shedworking is Where Eagles Dare by Matt Harvey - in fact we liked it so much that it is included in the Shedworking book . Here it is: A silver trail across the monitor; Fresh mouse-droppings beneath the swivel-chair; The view obscured by rogue japonica. Released into the wild, where earwigs dare - You first went freelance - and then gently feral. You worked from home - and then wandered out again, Roughed it with spider, ant, shrew, blackbird, squirrel In your own realm, your micro-vatican. No name conveys exactly what it is - Chalet? Gazebo? You were not misled By studios, snugs, garden offices, Workshops or outhouses. A shed's a shed - And proud of it. You wouldn't want to hide it - Wifi-enable rain-proof wooden box. A box to sit in while you think outside it - Self-rattling cage, den, poop-deck, paradox, Hutch with home-rule, cramped cubicle of freedom, Laboratory, thought-palace, bodger's bower, Plot both to sow seeds and to go to seed in, Cobwebbed, Cuprinol-scented, Seat of Power. Matt's excellent collection The Hole in the Sum of my Parts in which this appears is published by the Poetry Trust, nicely illustrated by David Hughes, and I would urge all readers to snap up a copy now. You can buy direct from Matt's site shop here . And here's Dominic Taylor reciting his poem 'The Shed' during the Cuisle-Limerick City International Poetry Festival 2005, recorded by John Davis. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Thursday posts are sponsored by Atelier garden studios which are sustainable, stylish, flexible, functional and future proofed






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