Posted by: John Looker | 6 February, 2022

Snowdrops are breaking cover again

Snowdrops are breaking cover.

They are reconnoitring,

filing their reports.

©John Looker 2021

It’s that time of year, and I’m reposting.

Posted by: John Looker | 10 December, 2021

At the sixth milestone

Arriving at the sixth weekend in this series, we reach the conclusion of my ‘milestone’ poems:

These half-sonnets mark the start of each new group of poems in my recent collection Shimmering Horizons.

At the first milestone we had read ‘That’s the bell! And thirty fledglings rise / as though one flock and surge for the classroom door … ‘

Published recently by Bennison Books through Amazon, Shimmering Horizons has the theme of the journey, the quest, the odyssey.

If you are curious to read more, there is a selection of the poems on my website at https://johnlooker.wordpress.com/extracts-from-shimmering-horizons/

Posted by: John Looker | 2 December, 2021

At the fifth milestone

Week five, and here’s the penultimate ‘milestone’ poem taken from my book Shimmering Horizons :

The mood has changed in the course of these milestones, which began with children ‘trilling their joy in the moment’. But there is one more to come – next weekend will see how the mood resolves.

Shimmering Horizons (Bennison Books 2015) contains seventy poems on the theme of the journey, the quest, the odyssey. I’ve posted one poem from each of the seven sections at https://johnlooker.wordpress.com/extracts-from-shimmering-horizons/

Posted by: John Looker | 26 November, 2021

At the fourth milestone

It’s the fourth weekend, and here’s the fourth ‘milestone’ poem from my recent book. Do we detect a shift in mood?

Published by the marvellous small press Bennison Books, Shimmering Horizons is selling slowly but has now been bought in seven countries, four continents and two hemispheres – which seems pleasingly appropriate for a book with the theme of the journey, the quest, the odyssey.

These ‘milestones’ mark off key stages through the book. You can catch a flavour of the other poems from a selection I’ve posted at https://johnlooker.wordpress.com/extracts-from-shimmering-horizons/

Two more milestones to come.

Posted by: John Looker | 19 November, 2021

At the third milestone

Here’s my third ‘milestone’ poem, marking one of the key stages in life:

It’s taken from Shimmering Horizons (Bennison Books, 2021) which explores the theme of the journey. The book opens with a 21st century quest and closes with a contemporary odyssey or homecoming. In between are poems about legendary travellers from many parts of the world and others musing on key stages of life.

If you are curious, there is a selection on my website at https://johnlooker.wordpress.com/extracts-from-shimmering-horizons/

These ‘milestones’ separate the seven Parts of the book. I’m posting them one a week.

Posted by: John Looker | 13 November, 2021

At the second milestone

Half a dozen short poems act as ‘milestones’ along the way in my new book. This is the second:

Shimmering Horizons (Bennison Books, 2021) has the theme of the journey, the quest, the odyssey. There are poems about legendary travellers from many parts of the world and others musing on key stages of life.

These ‘milestones’ separate the seven Parts of the book. I’m posting them one a week.

If you are curious, there is a selection of the poems on my website at https://johnlooker.wordpress.com/extracts-from-shimmering-horizons/

Posted by: John Looker | 6 November, 2021

At the first milestone

At key stages throughout my new book there are short poems marking some of the milestones of life. Here’s the first:

Shimmering Horizons (Bennison Books 2021) has the theme of the journey, the quest, the odyssey. It contains poems about legendary travellers from many parts of the world plus others musing on the stages of life. These ‘milestones’ separate the seven Parts of the book.

I am planning to post the other milestones over the next few weeks. If you are curious, there is a selection of the poems on my website at https://johnlooker.wordpress.com/extracts-from-shimmering-horizons/

Posted by: John Looker | 31 October, 2021

How the Dead Spoke to Odyssea

My offering for Hallowe’en! :

In my poem How the Dead Spoke to Odyssea , poignant messages on voicemail give a 21st century take on how the souls in the underworld once spoke to Odysseus.

Here’s an extract:

This comes from a sequence of poems in which highlights from Homer’s Odyssey feature Odyssea, our contemporary.

And this sequence is part of Shimmering Horizons – published by Bennison Books – poems on the theme of the journey, the quest, the odyssey. If you would like a sample of the poems, please see :

https://johnlooker.wordpress.com/extracts-from-shimmering-horizons/

Posted by: John Looker | 9 September, 2021

Beyond Ithaca

Homer’s Odyssey tells the adventures of Odysseus returning home from the Trojan War. Imagine the story retold – with a woman – in the 21st century – and at the end, this:

This is the final poem in a suite of eight which I have called The Return of Odyssea. Together they form the closing section of Shimmering Horizons, my new book on the theme of the journey, the quest, the odyssey.

The book opens with a 21st century quest, based on the legend of Sir Galahad and the Holy Grail. Because it opens with a young man as the hero, this closing suite of poems features a woman: Odyssea. A complementarity; obvious really.

I have added this poem to a selection from the book. If you would like to see the others, they are on my website page at https://johnlooker.wordpress.com/extracts-from-shimmering-horizons/

Shimmering Horizons is published by Bennison Books through Amazon at £3.99 or $4.99

Posted by: John Looker | 1 September, 2021

Thoughts in Warsaw’s Old Market Square

Here I am again with a weekend post from my new book. This poem is not all it seems however: the form conceals a secret:

So what is the deception?

The poem has been reconstructed to hide its original Renaissance form of a sonnet. Check out the internal rhymes and iambic pentameter!

It’s one of the Songs of Later Life – from Part VI of my new collection which develops the theme of the journey, the quest, the odyssey. The poems vary in mood and some were bound to be more sombre.

Shimmering Horizons is published by Bennison Books, available through Amazon at £3.99 or $4.99. I’ve posted a selection from the book at https://johnlooker.wordpress.com/extracts-from-shimmering-horizons/

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