Monday, October 01, 2007


On Saturday evening, Rowland Cooper, who won the Peter Dix Poetry Prize in 2006, read his latest poem 'Vesuvius' at the Poetry Speakeasy in the Ranelagh Arts Festival to a large and appreciative audience. It was inspired by his reading Robert Harris's novel Pompeii.

It starts :-
The windless air hangs on the shoulders
Like the packs of the legions
As they trudge in rank through the German forests.
Yet still the shores are pummelled
And dashed by waves vigorous
With expressionless violence.

The full poem is here.

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