Marc Latham’s newest Folding Mirror poem celebrates spring’s warmest month in the northern hemisphere, as it prepares to hand over to summer. It is mirrored in the bottom half by the Crux (Southern Cross) star constellation, which has four main stars (although there is a fifth prominent one), as there are four seasons in many northern hemisphere countries and regions.
Learning from Poetry
One of the most fascinating facts learnt during research for the poem was that Crux was visible as far north as Britain until the fourth millennium BC. As explained on Wikipedia, ‘the precession of the equinoxes gradually lowered its stars below the European horizon, and they were eventually forgotten by the inhabitants of northern latitudes.‘
Height of Spring, Stars order Heart
after the April March
of vulgar life
making a scene
in the northern hemisphere
do the dandelions dance, like leopards in love
in the southern semi-circle
creating a shape
changes over time
above Delta Acrux Mimosa
With Princess Kate Down Under on the royal couple tour of Australia and New Zealand making all the headlines in the Greenygrey world, rock and pop women may have felt forgotten, but they are all princesses in their own way off course.
However, Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless has emerged as the primary punky princess in the Greenygrey world after sharing a Folding Mirror poem with the Queen of punky princesses Debbie Harry.
Hi, it’s Howlin’ Werewolf, satirical comedy musical correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by Blues legend Howlin’ Wolf.
The Pretty Reckless played a storming set at the recent Revolver Golden Gods set,where Joan Jett picked up a RGG award, including sending loads of great greenygrey subliminal messages into the unsuspecting rock crowd (only joking!):
Rock Legend Generations
As Marc Latham’s recent Folding Mirror poem linked the rock generations, Taylor Momsen also played with Joan Jett, legendary guitarist famed for being in The Runaways and her solo hits, including the anthemic I Love Rock n’ Roll.
The Runaways were strutting their stuff in California from 1975, a year or two before Blondie emerged on the east coast, but Marc Latham didn’t become aware of them until he got into rock in 1980.
In line with Greenygrey theory, they therefore preceded Blondie in real life, but followed them in the ML world.
The Runaways Legends
Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie would have been a good candidate for linking the Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen generations, except she is from the same generation as Debbie Harry.
Aah, the older generation still look in rockin’ great shape anyway, with Lita Ford of The Runaways still touring the world kicking out the jams as well, so there’s no need for another generational link.
There’s evidence of that in this video, with Taylor Momsen rolling back the Runaways years playing with Joan Jett at the Revolver awards, on a JJ solo hit:
P.S. In line with Greenygrey theory, The Runaways movie showed that bad things can happen in the music and wider world, as well as good, so please don’t go running away just because you feel inspired by this blog!
There’s no doubt that Kate and William’s three-week tour royal tour of New Zealand and Australia has helped rekindle memories of Grey’s solo Oz ramble, while also raising a-were-ness of the greenYgrey’s new three-way rebranding.
Duchess of Cambridge Solo GGing Extravaganza
Hi, it’s Stella Lagerwolf-Bruno, satirical comedy fashionista suprema at the Greenygrey, inspired by Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, Bruno and wolves.
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, impressed with a synchronised greenygreying in the arid red middle of Australia earlier in the week, having ventured out without any green of their own.
The Royal tour ended with Kate going solo, showing she has matured into an expert greenygreyer in her own right.
In one pose (shown and showing below) it even seemed as if she was taking greenygreying in a new surreal direction, perhaps influenced by Australian surrealists such as James Cant.
Grey of course had a berry good time in Canberra on its epic ramble, and although there were no berries in sight, Kate did do the double when helping plant a tree.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a stunning green dress and grey shoes, and did the double by mix and matching them with a partially green bush and partially grey shovel.
Surreal Greenygreying by Kate
Did Kate find out she can berry in Canberra, like Grey did; or was she creating a surreal greenygreying photo to shake up a greenygreying art craze that some critics consider to have gone stale? That was the greenygreying question inspired by this creation:
We may have to wait some time to find out the answer, but there’s no doubt that whether it was a greenygreying accident or genius, Kate has certainly shaken up the greenygreying world Down Under.
Did the recent greenYgrey rebranding cost Green and Grey a place in Britain’s top 50 pairings? That’s been the alpha topic of discussion in the office this week, after the Daily Expressrevealed a 1000-humans Elizabeth Shaw survey for their new chocolates range.
Britain’s Favourite Trios Theory
With the greenYgrey now a trio after the promotion of Yellow it might have made the great British public overlook the Green and Grey five-years double act.
Green, Grey and Yellow are probably the second favourite trio in Britain now, after the Bronte sisters.
Or did the royal couple Kate and William’s Oz visit happen too late to rekindle memories of Grey’s epic Oz ramble by Google Maps, with Green also making an appearance or two.
Hi, it’s Wolf Whitzer, intrepid news correspondent at GGN inspired by CNNlegend Wolf Blitzer. After meeting a koala in Sydney about the same time as our koala mirror poem reflection was due for posting on this very blog, the Mirrorreported today that the royal couple reached Uluru / Ayer’s Rock this week.
It was of course the setting for the first ever fact or fiction gig in the sky, as far as we know, inspired by the Pink Floyd song The Great Gig in the Sky.
And now, in a Greenygrey News exclusive, we can reveal that the royal couple fitted in some great greenygreying at a rock famed for its redness.
Moreover, Kate and William greenygreyed without even wearing green themselves. They ventured out into the red rock desert, also famed for its aridity, and still found some greenery to go with their grey clothing.
This pose and photo really gets the new greenYgrey rebranding:
Sensational greenygreying by the royals, and it probably even upstages the Great Gig in the Sky Grey enjoyed… but it’s still worth buying the Werewolf of Oz as an Oz royal visit memento:
Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetry correspondent at the Greenygrey, inspired by legendary Romantic poetWilliam Wordsworth. There’s no new poems to import and report from the fmpoetry world this week I’m afraid, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have time for reflection.
The reflection comments on the changes in modern technology that has created a 24-hours news and media world; and a desire for instant information in society.
Politicians have had to adapt to this change, and this has perhaps caused a lowering in political dialogue, as politicians seek to avoid saying something that could be considered negative, and try to talk in soundbites created to achieve good instant media headlines.
Is there time to think
in modern society,
where everything is instant,
silence is belligerent
and noise is magnificent.
Politicians still try to do it,
play for time
get answers to mind
see the interview through
hide the reality
reveal nothing on telly.
This morning Stella reported that the Duchess of Cambridge was leading the yellow spring fashion charge in line with the new greenYgrey rebranding. However, I think I can trump her story with this image I brought back from New Zealand, where William and Kate visited before flying to Oz.
Kate and William Royal Tour
After William, Kate, George and Lupo gave the Greenygrey a royal send-off as it left Blighty to fly to Russia on a daring mission to find our Andy Wolfhol, it looks as if the royal couple got into the flying Greenygrey mood while in New Zealand.
Hi, it’s Paco Wolfsang, apprentice fashionista at the Greenygrey; inspired by Paco Rabanne.
Yes, it was like the scene where Green and Grey separated again in Oz, after the epic battle with Pirate Lacoste in Bass Strait, told in a classic Werewolf of Ozblog episode:
‘At the end of the meal we, Green and I, unfortunately had to announce that we would be parting again. The others were disappointed, but the Greenygrey world needed Green, and I thought I should conclude this quest on my own.
Green shapeshifted into an albatross for the long journey back to the Greenygrey world. We climbed to the top of the mast to wave it off, singing Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll meet again.’
As Green albatross reached the horizon it looked back, did a roll, and tipped its wings; before disappearing from view into the azure.’
The fashion world loves the new greenYgrey rebranding so much that yellow is THE colour of the 2014 spring in the northern hemisphere. So much so, that the Duchess of Cambridge (Princess Kate / Catherine) is still wearing it Down Under in Oz, where Grey made its epic ramble, and where the season is now Australiumn.
Spring Fashion Report
Hi, it’s Stella Lagerwolf-Bruno, satirical comedy fashion correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, Bruno and wolves. Yes, as MSN Lifestyle reported, ‘Yellow is the shade of the season, as worn by the Duchess of Cambridge and other high-profile women… Lupita Nyong’o (AKA fashion’s girl of the moment) and the Hollywood star Kate Hudson.’
If you’d like to get fashionable following the dust sandy path of the royal Oz tour, we recommend Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps:
Trees are starting to spring green in the northern hemisphere now, with buds opening to leaves under the warming sun. These poetry thoughts date back to the autumn-winter, when storms had uprooted a tree.
Trees without leaves
look at home
when the sun doesn’t shine.
Trees with roots
bitten from earth
look more balanced.
Trees look like bells
when out of their womb
dumbbells and barbells.
Trees of life
weighted with birds
raised high by humanity.
Trees stand for sacrifice
branches welcome visitors
axe and chainsaw.
Trees look cold
naked to the bone
lying in the lumber yard.
While we found an article describing the Kamchatka Peninsula as fish-shaped, our intrepid researchers did not find one describing its neighbouring island Karaginsky as also being fish-shaped: to us it looks like a little fish just born from Kamchatka, and shot out facing the other direction. Here’s a photo of them together, with Karaginsky at the top-right of the image:
XaW Files Episode 3 Follows Claim Discovery
Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, legendary travel writer correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by Jack Kerouac in the human world.
The Greenygrey hereby claims rights to the discovery of Karaginsky as a little fish-shape to Kamchatka’s big; putting down the virtual Greenygrey flag. If one day approved, it would be the first great discovery of the Greenygrey’s epic fantasy travels byGoogle Maps.
While you might think that’s enough for one blog; and if you did you’ll be delighted … or disappointed…; to read that we’ve also got the third thrilling episode of the story, which also provides the first prattle of poetry. Here it is:
Chapter 1 Episode 3
Can’t see in Karaginsky.
Falling through earth
emerging in rocks like birth.
Sitting in a cavernous belly
water washing around
multiple boulders and me.
Come chat with me
I look like I just shot
out of a dolphin
to my mother’s mouth.
I’m a rock fish baby
I can live on seaweed
and a little summer time
haven’t had werewolf for a while.
So tell me lost traveller
what you think I should do
should I rock you in
or roll you out
it’s still your shout
but please don’t hang about
because I can hear winter start to shout.
That was some carousing
Karaginsky I did reply
I like your belly
in a way I can’t describe
but I’m on a quest
to find another lost werewolf
who’s been this way
for a much longer time.
So please do send me
on my way
and if you saw pure folklore
pass this way
could you let me know
what direction it did take
so I can continue my just
started new ramble Eurasia
somewhere in east Russia.
It’s not your time to rock
I can see you have work to do
it’s obvious to me
there was a werewolf
going to the Okhotsk Sea
we had a similar conversation
over a cup of tea
only it said ‘Y: wolf not war’
not all the time, not repeatedly.