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Friday, June 16, 2017

Set me Free (At the Grave of Asa Benveniste)

I've been posting my latest versions of the Earl of Surrey's sonnets as I write them, because of the topicality of their subjects. I shall also only leave them up temporarily, during the composition process. I'm thinking of posting no more than 4 at any one time on the blog. So Set Me Free has been and gone, but I want one revision to be acknowledged. The poem originally held a reference thus:

Or up Hepstonstall’s winds with Benveniste or crashing below Hebden’s floodline.



(Unfortunately Asa disappeared from the poem from then on. That day it's 'about' we went to visit Arc about the anthology Atlantic Drift. I did place a stone on the grave, in the Jewish style, and read a poem. Photograph taken by the excellent young poet Brendan Quinn.) On the coach back James Byrne read Roy Fisher's poem 'At the Grave of Asa Benveniste').