JiscMail Logo
Email discussion lists for the UK Education and Research communities

Help for BRITISH-IRISH-POETS Archives


BRITISH-IRISH-POETS Archives

BRITISH-IRISH-POETS Archives


BRITISH-IRISH-POETS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK


View:

Message:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Topic:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Author:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

Font:

Proportional Font

LISTSERV Archives

LISTSERV Archives

BRITISH-IRISH-POETS Home

BRITISH-IRISH-POETS Home

BRITISH-IRISH-POETS  1998

BRITISH-IRISH-POETS 1998

Options

Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Log In

Log In

Get Password

Get Password

Subject:

Bland

From:

[log in to unmask] (Peter Riley)

Reply-To:

[log in to unmask] (Peter Riley)

Date:

Thu, 6 Aug 1998 11:12:13 +0000

Content-Type:

text/plain

Parts/Attachments:

Parts/Attachments

text/plain (101 lines)

Re Douglas'----

>Fred Beake was praising the New Zealand poet Peter Bland to me the
>other day cos he has a new book out, is it in Penguin? I must look.



Actually, mine was a different Peter (or Pete) Bland -- He was living in
Notting Hill in the late 1960s, and got to know several people in Cambridge
and elsewhere (me, Barry MacSweeney, JH Prynne, John James, Lee
Harwood...).  I was living in Hove at the time but he was often around when
I visited Cambridge and I saw him a few times in London in 1969/70.  He
took hard drugs and was never healthy.

There's one book: PASSING GODS, Ferry Press 1970 (which was edited by
Jeremy Prynne though it doesn't say so)   and a half: JOINT EFFORT by Bland
and MacSweeney, Blacksuede Boot Press 1970.

He wrote a free-ranging spoken poetry, in which a tension which could be
quite desperate was held in the paradoxes of serious/joky, calm/passionate.
It was formally rough, with quite daring formulations at times, influenced
by Ashbery (whom he always spelled Ashberry) and O'Hara, surreal touches
via New York , always in a way poised and fundamentally serious.

Then like a number of poets at that time he fell out of contact and wasn't
heard from.  He certainly moved out of London to somewhere north, perhaps
Hebden Bridge area. He sent me a long poem called something like Rose Poppy
and Moth which I foolishly rejected from the magazine COLLECTION and I
never heard from him again.  When I recently asked someone it was suggested
that he might be dead.



        IN THE WIND

        Time alone, in the wind, would
        seem to be the very essence. A
        vast cone of glowing
        coral, engulfing me. Its songs
        divinely sweet, waiting only on my
        calm. Yet calm is a state
        our hooting lives (& if not our
        lives, our hooting pasts) ill
        affords us.
        A small part of me, perhaps
        a lip, or eyebrow, is tacked
        to a telegraph pole, feeling the
        coarse wood-grain, a terribly
        remote & cold place to have
        as one's stability. The
        rest of me, dismembered
        swings in air, seeing the awful
        carnival,
        the seashore
        at the call of
        aimless winds.   Only
        when I kiss,
        is it real &
        tasting of voices.


PASSING GODS page 45

--------------------------------------

        GLASS

        In what sepia town
        can we unburden? No, my
        dream of lakes, swaying
        trees, arose one inch before
        death, a brief postcard
        fluttering through steel.
        The rust, that I unwittingly
        chose to carry, an arc
        of slug across the black
        shingle, a death.

        The bellows will never
        stop:               the tree
        is bursting weeping
        with "love" it does not scream,
        whispers, soft as
        a birth,                   taste.

ibid. p.43
[the word "never" is italicised]



I suppose this could be number one of a series, "Where Are They Now?"


PR





%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

Top of Message | Previous Page | Permalink

JiscMail Tools


RSS Feeds and Sharing


Advanced Options


Archives

October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997


JiscMail is a Jisc service.

View our service policies at https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/policyandsecurity/ and Jisc's privacy policy at https://www.jisc.ac.uk/website/privacy-notice

Secured by F-Secure Anti-Virus CataList Email List Search Powered by the LISTSERV Email List Manager