I’ve embarked on a year-long project with other Gloucestershire artists to document a particular nearby spot or object. I’ve chosen the only tree in my garden (a silver birch) which I’m recording in many different ways in the form of a concertina book.
My monthly poetry group continues to inspire many new creative projects, including this earlier poem I wrote “in the voice of the artist’s sketchbook”.
The Artist’s Sketchbook
in silence, one among the many,
wait for your knowing hand to
recognise my qualities.
it in me to inspire, for I am
born of other practised hands,
the craft of centuries.
the heft and touch, the tone and shape
of your desire, your need to
anchor your identities.
be what firms the ground beneath your feet:
what links you to the world, your
hold on life’s complexities.
you courage to take risks, make leaps
into your dreams, transform the everyday
in re-imagined memories.
I am your stay against all loss.