All copyright © 2003 remains with the authors.
All copyright © 2004 remains with the authors.

Peter Howard



0 Errors. 0 Warnings.

Peter Howard, somewhere in the UK


If I were going to write a snapshot,
the garden outside my office window
ought to afford some useful material.
The tree is wearing blossom that might
put you in mind of a bride's dress,
were you that way inclined. Tulips
are smart and glossy; the heather
is making a high-spirited territorial
bid for the path; narcissi gossip
in groups. But the daffodils,
the daffodils are learning
about mortality, the hard way.

Peter Howard
Swavesey, UK
2004-04-07 16:56


The Tree Surgeon

has pruned most of the branches,
safety rope slung over
one remaining limb.
He is up there now, fifty feet
above the village. He pulls
his chainsaw to him, starts it,
begins cutting himself down.

Peter Howard 2004/04/14 13:15


Poetryetc is a listserv relating to poetry and poetics which provides a forum for poets to debate their critical and creative work. The list has over the years run a number of projects for its members, of which Snapshots has been the most enduring.

Every Wednesday, Poetryetc members were invited to post short poems on any subject or in any form they chose. The idea was to make a poetic collage of instamatic “snaps” of that day that reflected the international membership of the list. The project has generated an astounding number of poems.

The first two runs, of six weeks each, and the first ten weeks of the third run, are archived at Wild Honey Press under Poetryetc Project. The rest - amounting in all to a run of a year - are archived here.

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