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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
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 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.
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
Copied from Wikipedia
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.
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