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John Z Hepworth

Updated: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:42 am

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Gnarled 64year-old unpublished Leeds/Otley performance poet, now rushing into view after an encouraging encounter with Julian at 'Wicked Words' in Leeds. WOL's item on the Olympic Poetry Helicopter reminded me it appears in a poem I wrote in May - and suddenly it seems a good idea to log it somewhere before the actual event.


POETS & HELICOPTERS ON RADIO FOUR There's mention of the The Sixties. O h y e a h ... if you can remember : Psychedelic king of the buzz-cliches, And, bless it, gaudy utility cloak For much too well remembered missing out. (The programme continues and) Simon Armitage speaks - Level-headed, perceptive, tuneful, Talking about middle age, midlife. (New theories for old, softly echoing). And you there - how old now? Keep it vague if you want : Out of your fifties? Not yet seventy? Could we say sixties then? Swinging sixties perhaps - And you don't have to remember : It's now - and you're there. The poem wants to end But memory buzzes in : Still the radio - immediately a trailer And Paul Farley drawling us in for Friday : 'Night Visions' on the air, and in it too; A flight with the police. Paul, I bet you radiated Farleyness When this fact came your way : That graveyard monuments Gather in the warmth of day And give it back as signs of life To the heat-seeking helicopters Of the night. The poem is laid to rest and rest it does For days, not days and days, just days And then - the radio again. The air Thrums with it, a helicopter-load (100,000 since you ask) of poems : Helped, 'co-piloted', by Simon Armitage. An April fantasy Only because it hasn't happened yet; A fact of recent history for other Times and places. Poems from the air Blizzard to the ground and melt away. JOHN HEPWORTH March/May 2012

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John Z Hepworth

Thu 28th Jun 2012 22:07

Thanks again Ann - so, I'm no longer the accidental pseudo-group John Hepworth, where you hinted the Julianic Effect can have surprising results. Even so warned, I little expected to sprout a Z mid-name for the achieving of this separate identity. Well, it's no mere panicky snatching at of one of the best letters, being in fact the Bardmark Of Zaardvaark, linking me to a character in one of my longer (i.e pushing 5 mins when performed) poems 'Zaardvaark the Wordsmiter'.

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Ann Foxglove

Thu 28th Jun 2012 16:34

Hi John Z - a very warm welcome to WOL!

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