Fifty poems. I need fifty poems by the end of July, all linked to the theme of War…or rather, what it is like to have a close family member serving in the Armed Forces at a time of heightened activity.
In his last phone call home I suggested to D that maybe he could get me embedded as a war poet. Needless to say that idea was not greeted with a great display of enthusiasm. I can’t imagine why not – surely all soldiers would like their Mum along…
Seriously, I need to expand the theme and so have decided to encompass the changes that are being made as a direct result of the intervention of the troops. There was a great (I’m told) programme on Radio 4 about rebuilding in Afghanistan. Needless to say I missed it first time around and so now will search for it on listen again. I also have a programme lined up on the Tivo about Afghan poetry, so that should provide some inspiration. Any ideas from anyone else as to places I could plumb for ideas would be gratefully received!
The poem I am currently working on is about pomegranates. It came from an exercise around the colour yellow. I have used military images quite unconsciously and then discovered that the best pomegranates in the world are grown in Kandahar. There must be a future in this idea, then I would have 16 of the required fifty.
I have just calculated that I have 23 weeks – that is roughly one and a half poems per week.
Unlikely, but not impossible…