IN PRAISE OF SLOW by TooLong Dead

An obscure but admiring nod to Dorothy Pope, an infinitely rare hero, whose gentle and astute observations rarely fail to amuse, inspire or provoke more thoughts of the better kind. Seek out Pope's 'The Summerhouse Collection', listen to 'slow radio', watch 'slow tv' or explore your own kind of less-filled minutes to enjoy 'the fruitfulness of going slow.'

"BergensBanen minutt for minutt"

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SHIFTING LIKE A MURMURATION by TooLong Dead

June and July have been high – in temperature, in spirits and in the sheer volume of poems created and completed. Though this surge has reduced the intended regularity of digital output, remotely silent and superficially intangible, underwing activity has been dynamic, connected and beautifully engaged.

Digital diligence will no doubt return when the space shifts from composition, submission, creation (see below) and performance to administration and communication.

Until then …

 

With treasured dedications, many positive reflections on patterns and perceptions, a return to some older compositions and further work taking full but unedited form, the long list of new titles includes:

Before We Knew So Much More
Top Shift
Shirehall Moor
Invisible Exhibits (*uncompleted)
Lonely Road (completion of an older composition)
Support Network
A Boredom of Forms
The Not Skipper
If Only
Life Expectancy Abstracted
More Than Milk (*uncompleted)
Burning the Sum of the Parts (*uncompleted)
A Rose by Many Covers Framed
Sunny Sunny Joy Joy (a little reworking of an old rhyme)
Seven-a-Side in A League of Their Own (a.k.a. A Seat of Learning)

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PERFORMANCE - 05.07.18 - TELLTALES AT PENZANCE LITFEST by TooLong Dead


Winched into the wider world, 'Masters of Skies' was submitted to Telltales for Penzance LitFest 2018, themed, Taking Flight.

Written in the days after an initially precarious glider flight from Omarama, New Zealand, this piece recalls the experience of scrambling and tumbling to find lift on a 'dead air' day to rise into wave and eventually soar for hours, with a view from coast to coast, looking down on Mount Cook from well over 22,000 ft up.

As such, it's a literal recollection of taking flight. But, much like the experience, it might resonate for fighting currents on the ground.

With endless thanks to all the crew at Glide Omarama for extending the 2016 season for a wildly enthusiastic late arrival.

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FINE, FINE ART - IN COLLABORATION by TooLong Dead

Installed by Antonia Eden in a cupboard, up a drainpipe or on the receiving end of an original index finger rotary dialler, in Falmouth, Peckham or any other location, there really is . . .
No Place Like Home

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