T. S. Eliot said that we feel before we understand, so the more that we can energise language, through movement and voice colour - what I call 'pumping up the language' - the more that feelings will engage and understandings will follow.
Mike Smith - Rhythm & Rhyme
Two 'first pages' from monthly poems in 'Why Do I Like John Clare?'
See bottom of page
Left, and below, are some of the illustrations in the book, by Steph.
Right are some collated drawings, also in the book, by my late dad, Adam Blythe Smith, showing ordinary things made special.
Why Do I Like John Clare? by Mike Smith
Twelve monthly poetic engagements with John Clare's 'The Shepherd's Calendar' - and more - as they say!
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These first page extracts above show:
i) how each month is prefaced by an illustration;
ii) how John Clare's words (in blue) and my words (in black) coalesce on the page.
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