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New Poem about a Sunset that lit up the East

Venus reflected in the Pacific Ocean
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Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by a recent sunset that lit up the evening from west to east, after there had also been a great sunrise.
The Day of Double Eastern Delight  
northern hemisphere amaranth again in morning
as our star lights up the sunrise horizon
constellations replaced by bright light
the sun rises into view
azure allure as orb wings westward
day’s gold sets in evening
Venus emerges with new darkening
but east does not turn sapphire to ebony
amaranth emerges once again reflecting sunset
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk).

Jubilee Woods Project and World Forests Graph and Article

Hi, it’s Tony Loboinson, pre-website expert at the Greenygrey.  I’ve just unearthed a fascinating piece of Greenygrey literature about forests and deforestation.

Convincing Evidence of Early Greenygrey

As you can see from the above links and the image included here, it has some beautiful greenygrey combinations in the graphs, which suggests a date of 3 PW (pre-website).  The date on the report seems to confirm this.

Moreover, the topic of forests fits in with Greenygrey life, providing another compelling reason to accept this as a genuine Greenygrey artefact.

P.S. Marc Latham has also included this information in a new article for Suite 101 on the Jubilee Woods Project, which will see millions of trees planted in the UK to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012.

Look to the Sky when the Clouds are High

Cloud Iridescence
Image by Jason Pratt via Flickr
The latest Folding Mirror poem by Marc Latham is on the topic of iridescence in the sky, which has been one of Marc’s favourite revelations in the twenty-first century.
When Marc saw his first cloud iridescence he had not heard of the phenomenon, and thought it might be a vision, until he looked it up on the internet and found out it was a relatively common occurrence.
The best chance of seeing it is on high clouds around sunset and sunrise.
They are so beautiful that they do seem heavenly, so Marc understands how people might have interpreted them as heavenly messages before science analysed them.
Everything could still be godly messages of course, and we just understand how some of god’s science works now.
Anyway, here’s the poem, enjoy!:
Diffraction Delivers Sensory Satisfaction 
light waves travel time and space
unnoticed by us on our Earthly base
until reaching cloud ice, dust and water
refraction leads to diffraction
creating exquisite sky corona, halos and rainbows
brightening up the void above most senses
space and time shown through iridescence

New sun theme looks like a dream

It’s been quite a week here at fmpoetry, with the discovery that mirror poetry with a middle line has more of a history than thought.

Just before that, the theme had been changed to the sun above the horizon photo.

This photo captures the essence of the folding mirror brilliantly, with the horizon the biggest physical inspiration for Marc Latham’s poems in the form:

sky sunset

Gainsborough ekphrastic

Turner ekphrastic

Iridescent Colours, Sunset and Last Light Poem

Today we have a poem that I just did, from an idea that came to me while adding a video link to the last Hadrian’s Wall post. That video is relevant to this post, and contains the photos of iridescent light and sunset that influenced it.

Poem Explanation

The poem starts with the arrival of iridescent light, as it did that evening, when the photos were taken. They don’t always appear in the evening though, and I’ve also seen them in the morning.

The folding middle line is the sunset, which everybody notices.

The bottom half is the last light of day, which like the iridescent lights also has a subtle beauty to me, as it slowly leaves the sky to the north-west (in the UK). I often imagine where it is going, and how people further north can still see it in our northern hemisphere summer.

Poem Structure

The words per line mirror each other in each half with a
6-4-2-4 (9) 4-2-4-6 structure.

There’s no punctuation, so it mirrors!

The Poem

Summer Evening Sky Show

sweet shy scout for evening show
subtle colours enriching clouds
iridescent light
oh what a sight

Sunset fills the horizon with an upward rising splash

curtain call for day
light departure
slowly falling downward vanilla
chased by moon night time filler

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Claire Knight’s Grandson’s Gift

Today we round off the Tips for Writers summer edition Folding Mirror poems with the third from Claire Knight.

It was great to see talented poets creating Folding Mirror poems in a top small press poetry and writing magazine, and I hope more poets will try out some FMs in the future.

Grandson’s Gift is a colourful and poignant tale about the beauty of receiving presents from family members.

Thanks to Claire for creating and sharing it, and Wendy Webb of Tips for Writers for allowing its re-use.

GRANDSON’S GIFT by Claire Knight

This morning
he painted me a butterfly,
in bold splodges
of lime green and orange,

and gave it to me with bright eyes and beaming smile.

With lime green and orange,
in bold splodges,
he painted me a butterfly
a beautiful butterfly.

New Skin For the Blog

As regular visitors will have noticed, this blog has a new skin.

Tarski is a WordPress theme by Ben Eastaugh and Chris Sternal-Johnson, and replaces Misty Look by Sadish.

Thanks to all the above for their creations, and WordPress for providing the site too of course.

Tarski fits in with the Folding Mirror theme, with the line of vegetation winding away from the tree in a line. It seems to work okay, and I hope you like it.

Innovative New Folding Mirror Poem by Caroline Gill

Today, we have a new innovative Folding Mirror poem by Caroline Gill, which not only uses knowledge of the colour wheel to produce a mesmerising mirror effect, but also ingeniously contains the first palindromic folding middle line (the letters mirror each other either side of the b in bat).

I’ll let Caroline explain her rationale, and this is followed by the poem and relevant links.

Thanks to Caroline for creating the poem and sharing it with us here on this blog.


I hoped to build on Dr Marc Latham’s ‘Colours‘ poem, in which Marc used different colours to show linked words.


I wanted to combine complementary colours from the colour wheel with mirror imagery.

Seeing Stars at Sunset is intended to feature opposites: black and white; red and green, orange and blue – in addition to secondary colours that can be mixed from the primaries i.e. green (mixed from yellow and blue); orange (mixed from red and yellow), and purple (mixed from red and blue).

I thought that it would be fun to make a ‘concrete poem’ in the shape of a bat with outstretched wings. For maximum impact it needed to be simple and seen at a glance.

For a more pleasing aesthetic effect on the page or screen, I would have liked a better background colour for the words. The word ‘white’ did not show up on white ground, without a pigmented border of some kind.

The pivotal central line is, of course, a ‘palindromic question’, but I don’t think it would have worked with a question mark at each end!

The Poem

Seeing Stars Folding Mirror Poem
Seeing Stars Folding Mirror Poem


Colour Wheel
Water Colour Painting

Turner’s Chichester Canal Finishes off First Round of Romantics

The fifth artist to feature in the Romantic interpretation series is J.M.W. Turner. This will conclude the first round of five paintings and poems, with another five from the same artists to follow.

Introduction and explanation

I thought I had completed all ten in the series before publishing any, but then couldn’t find any Turner ones when it came to his turn. And Turner was my favourite artists before the series! I tell you, the poet’s mind!!

So I did this one yesterday after finding the painting both beautiful and a nice fit for the Folding Mirror theme, with it’s horizon pretty much dividing the painting in two.

Thus, the poem works from the top of the painting down, with the horizon the middle.

The Structure

The structure mirrors in words per line (6-5-5-3-4-11-4-3-5-5-6).

The line lengths are pretty much the same, and the punctuation too. The only difference is that the commas in the third from outer lines are one word different from each other; with the top half after the first word and the bottom half after the second word in the line.

The Poem

An Autumn Sunset in Chichester (Chichester Canal by J.M.W. Turner)

ruddy sky brightened by setting sun
shimmering golden rays falling down
but, in reality rising up
through mauve dusk
to lilac hills, where

sailing ship and cathedral stride the natural horizon

on golden pond, a
cream light stretches
to boat, men and birds
between trees with autumn leaves
ripples darken the corners to ochre

The Painting

Turner's Chichester Canal
Turner's Chichester Canal

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John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows

Today’s Folding Mirror poem is an interpretation of John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows.

Poem Introduction and Explanation

I thought it was an amazing painting when I first saw it; which was only this year. When I saw the cathedral in the centre of the painting I thought it would make a good Folding Mirror, so I interpreted it in poetry.

I then did nine other poems interpreting ‘Romantic’ paintings.

It’s a simple poem that mirrors in the three main ways: words per line (4-8-5-8-4), line length and punctuation (a comma each for all the lines).

The poem works from bottom left to top right of the painting; so the painting below the cathedral is at the top of the poem, and the painting above the cathedral is on the bottom of the poem. Bit topsy-turvy I guess.


The Poem

Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows

Earth, hedge and fence

Tree rises skyward, towering colour above anything man-made

Salisbury Cathedral, horse and cart

Rainbow arches infinitely, translucent light glows over tall spire

Clouds, sky and light

The Painting

Constable's Salisbury Cathedral
Constable's Salisbury Cathedral
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