All posts by Marc Latham

The Folding Mirror poetry form emerged from the haiku structure in 2007, and the first published poem by Marc Latham was in January 2008. Caroline Gill clarified the form in 2010, while Wendy Webb and the Norfolk Poets have been very supportive in publishing and publicising the form. Claire Knight and Sarah James have also been instrumental in the form's evolution.

Fortnight of mistYmuse Twilight Times Spectacular

As twilight times contract:
Sunrise (now 08.05 in Leeds, with sunset only 7/8 hours later at 15.47) photos from this morning, 2 weeks into mistYmuse 2019/20 (
#mYm2019 – November 21st was a Thursday).

One of a plane seeming to fly over a (pagan) crescent moon at late afternoon sunset through a frosty window earlier in the week.

The clear sky setting sun inspired me to extend my run/exercises yesterday afternoon, especially as clouds were building around it, and with low pressure forecast for the next few days.

I stayed out until the last light disappeared from between tree branches, making me think that is what tinsel on Christmas trees might represent?.. although Wikipedia says ice.

Advent Calendar, Always Remember, Foggy Mist Border

On the 12th day of mistYmuse
we welcome Advent Calendarists,
with severe weather in the news
remember, fogs are thicker than mists,
I didn’t know that was the only difference
until just now reading the website World Atlas.

World Atlas: If visibility is less than 0.6 miles it is referred to as fog; if visibility is above 0.6 miles, it is called mist.

 

Free Sunrise Research – Celebrating mistYmuse First Week

After a bright start to the neo-pagan mistYmuse (Most Ideal Sunrise Times – Midwinter Until Spring Equinox) winter festival it’s been a wet greenYgrey week in the UK, with limited opportunities for terrific twilight photos taken by only the most tenacious. However, after low pressure has dominated,  high pressure is forecast for tomorrow and the next few days, providing lots of opportunities for tremendous twilight times viewing.

Apologies to readers from outside the UK if this blog post is UKcentric, but there is some mistYmuse information that is relevant to everybody, about how location affects the sunrise times. The research I reveal for free below is not as clear doing it internationally, because of time differences.

Sunrise Variations 

The ‘Most Ideal Sunrise Times’ of mistYmuse was inspired by Leeds times, with the midwinter sunrise of about 08.30 ideal for the traditional starting time of 9am for many workplaces and institutions.

However, even in the UK those times can vary depending on location, as our planet Earth is spinning around anti-clockwise on an axis, and the farther south and east you are in the northern hemisphere means you see the sun the earliest in winter – known to us as ‘sunrise’.

New Sunrise Research

Using the timeanddate website, Inverness in the north of Scotland is already in that ‘ideal time’, with sunrise today at 08.26.

Farther south, Edinburgh was at 08.13. At about the same latitude, but farther west, Glasgow was at 08.17.

Belfast is farther south again, but also farther west, so is also at 08.17; its more southerly location would have made the sunrise earlier than Glasgow, but because it’s more west as well, that cancelled out the southerly gains.

Farther south and east, Cardiff was at 07.51; and continuing east at about the same latitude, London was at 07.38.

Leeds, mistYmuse heartland, farther north and a little more west than London, in the middle of the UK, was at 07.55 today.

Returning to time, rather than location, Leeds’s sunrise is twelve minutes later than seven days ago (07.43), the first day of mistYmuse 2019/20 (#mYm2019).

While the above is focused on the UK it’s the same around the world, and you can search world cities on the timeanddate website; I have no interest or contact with that website, and have just used it as you can.

I have written some great books though!

Poem Inspired by mistYmuse on Day 4 of Longest Festival

Where there is mist

Y, there is muse

Tryst In Me, Sky Birds Tree

grist to the mill
mist on the hill
words enter mind
meet-up maybe rhymed

then they chime, clickety click time

sub-lime olive green
branch bells ringing
nest like ancient amygdala
mirroring brain stripped bare

I wasn’t going to write a poem until seeing the misty weather forecast; even though I could see the mist! so the above poem could definitely be said to have been inspired by the mistYmuse, although it was more about seeing it in writing and having the proof to display.

A couple of links I used:

grist to the mil definition 
brain and trees similarities

A couple of books I wrote and recommend:

Winter Months Fireside Wordplay Poem

The dark cold hinterland between the Northern Hemisphere’s late autumn/fall and winter is here. A perfect time for fireside retrospection and wordplay.
On the second day of #mYm2019 here is the first poem to wordplay the embers of months with those of fires, as far as I know.

mistYmuse Reflection, Fireside Connection

Nov-ember, Dec-ember
dying embers of year?
preceded by Sept-ember.

like night’s end, sitting around fire

spent remembering past
of life and ancestors?
Imagination, Creation

Longest Winter Festival Ever? mistYmuse 2019 is here

It’s November 21st again, and that can mean only one thing: mistYmuse (Most Ideal Sunrise Times – Midwinter Until Spring Equinox) is here once again, and planned to see you through the northern hemisphere’s traditionally toughest weather four months; especially for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) sufferers.
I’ve seen loads of great twilight times photos on the news this week, which has thankfully been quite clear and dry. Here’s one I prepared before, from a magical day on the Hafnarfjord in Iceland in the inaugural mistYmuse of 2017/18; perhaps when the idea really took shape, after seeing how Iceland extend their winter celebrations into February:

Longest Festival in the World?

Great news, and there’s even better, because #mYm2019 is set to be bigger than ever; okay, last year’s was the first full one, after creating the idea half way through the previous winter!
Let’s get the party started with a concert song from a decade ago I recently saw, starring Scooter with a great gYgPOP (greenYgrey PinkyOrangePurple) stage show. There’s no sound on that, so I’ve also included the song with sound.


The concert footage is from the same year as my original winter sunrises video, which is basically what mistYmuse is most about:

In a way, it’s quite apt the Scooter concert footage doesn’t have sound, as neither do sunrises!

Winter Solstice Month Away Means mistYmuse Week Day

The way I see sunrays sweetly sing, and songbirds softly shine, I think it must be… mistYmuse week…

Through Trees Horizon, Inspirational Words Arising

winter sun
gentle one
subtle fun
no sunburn
year’s done
timeless pun
mistYmuse return, yet again
without pain
no disdain
still unsane*
freedom’s fane*
perhaps inane*
Y-tying m-twain*

*unsane – intentional non-word, describing state neither sane or insane.
*fane –  temple. Found while looking for ‘feign’ originally!
* inane – recognition that this is ‘just’ art.
*mistYmuse – Y joining two m-words.

Bottom half changed course from:
words play
four day
Morgana Fey
greenYgrey say