This workshop idea is based on poems by Dave Calder
The idea is that you create a garden for a famous person.
Here are a few examples:
A large, confusing, hilly garden,
turn the corner, passed the broken hut,
a grand piano is being dragged by cows,
first one way,
Blink once with each eye
it’s gone, replaced by a huge, towering canvas –
Jimi Hendrix on the cross
looking down and smiling.
Walk up the hill,
turn to look at…
Some optical trick
at the top of the rise,
all views vanish.
Walk backwards down the hill, eyes closed.
Once you feel the flat lawn,
open your eyes.
You are back at the top again.
Gordon Jackson. 24th. Aug.2010.
Whitby Folk Festival poetry workshop.
A Garden for Jane Austen
by Angela Topping (from my first collection Dandelions for Mothers’ Day (Stride 1988)
Geometry rules the paths,
the clipped box hedge.
Carrot fern and lettuce rose
line up to dance.
Heartease, columbine wink from borders
where no weed dares. Coy pinks and love-in-a-mist
dally with scented lavender, tall foxgloves.
Lawns clothe the dips and rises,
hedges and fences make secure
the land’s lie. From the rhododendrons
a cat glares.