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Gordon Fjaelberg
Wales

E-mail Address: stentor@hotmail.co.uk
Please include the word 'POETRY' in the subject line of any email you send.


Why write poetry, Poet?

Purely for the love of it, and no other reason! Good poetry will sum up, in a few words, moods and emotions that stir the reader in a way prose cannot hope to emulate. I enjoy the free-flowing style of poetry, and the fact that a wide variety of subjects can be tackled in a wide variety of ways. It has also helped to get me out of doing the washing up: "Love to, but must catch the mood!" Not that this works every time, but when it does....Doesn't work with shopping trips, I've noticed.

How did you get started writing poetry?

My father also wrote poetry, though mainly in the form of hymns and religious tracts. My secular interest was sparked at school, where I had the good fortune to have an excellent English teacher. He never laughed at my putative efforts, at least not in front of me, and encouraged me to read different poets. He explained how to develop my ideas, however ridiculous they might sound, and told me that it was sometimes OK to bin a project, and start again. This was AFTER I'd shown him a poem I'd written about St.George, which must have run to 9 million verses at least.

Who are your influences?

I'm a great lover of John Betjamen, always have been, though nonsense verse has a particular appeal to me. Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and Spike Milligan were eagerly devoured at school, though I love the work of Robert Burns. How that man could capture a mood! Also, it must be said, the 'poems' of the late, great, William McGonagall. He only came to me later in life, which is just as well; he and Tracy Emin, between them, have showed the world how far you can get without a single shred of talent. So has Tracy Emin's brother, Eminem.

What is your favourite poetic verse?

I wish I knew the name of it, but I don't. Many years ago, when I was a member of a writer's group, one of the guys wrote a poem about a reluctant cricketer, who'd only gone to the Cricket Club, on the day of a Championship match, to help with the teas. One of the batsmen hadn't turned up, so the Captain rounded on him, and forced him to take part. As I recall, our reluctant hero scored one run before getting clean bowled, (just before tea!), but took solace in the fact that his team won a nail-biting contest by a single run, which he claimed was his. The opening lines begin thus:

"I hadn't meant to play cricket,
I hadn't intended to bat,
But the Captain said: 'You're Number Five!'
So that was that, was that!"

Sorry! What was the question again?


Examples of poetry.

  1. A Brick-bound Biddie's Lament
     
  2. Always Questions
     
  3. Anescienta
     
  4. An Ode To Allergies
     
  5. An Ode To Red Arthur
     
  6. An Ode To Susannah LeMotte
     
  7. An Open Letter To The White House
     
  8. Artefact
     
  9. Dafydd
     
  10. Far Away
     
  11. For Only Thee
     
  12. Has Anyone Seen My Car?
     
  13. How I Long For Morning
     
  14. How To Exterminate Parasites!
     
  15. If Your Girl-Friend Joins The Army
     
  16. I Knew I'd Be A Deputy
     
  17. In Memoria
     
  18. Innermost Thoughts
     
  19. Lines Written On Leaving Fife
     
  20. Look Out, Marco Polo!
     
  21. Makkanwns!
     
  22. Mermaid Song
     
  23. Mixed Thoughts On Re-incarnation
     
  24. Night Visitors
     
  25. Ode To A.C.A.S.
     
  26. Ode To Ashby Book-Shop
     
  27. Ode To Beer
     
  28. Ode To Christmas Dinners!
     
  29. Ode To Security Officers
     
  30. Ode To The Dull
     
  31. Ode To The Loch Ness Monster
  1. Ode To The Robin
     
  2. Ode To Trainee Computer Programmers
     
  3. Oh, For a Stronger Table
     
  4. Oh, Mummy!
     
  5. Oh, The Pain!
     
  6. On Being Shot At Dawn
     
  7. On Seeing A Grave-Stone
     
  8. Pass The Food Around
     
  9. Princess
     
  10. Reflections On A Sloth
     
  11. Scraping By!
     
  12. Si Vous Ete Le Reigne
     
  13. Surfaces!
     
  14. The Ballad Of A.D.S
     
  15. The Ballad Of Thomas Kerry
     
  16. The Banderloop
     
  17. The Civil Wars
     
  18. The Darkened Room
     
  19. The Finest Things
     
  20. The Frustrated Hunter
     
  21. The Gongermeezind
     
  22. The Jetty's Edge
     
  23. The Kipper Song
     
  24. The Number One Bus
     
  25. The Party Piece
     
  26. The Shortest Poem In The World
     
  27. Thirty Feet
     
  28. Uriel River
     
  29. Vacational Cogitations
     
  30. Vortigern: Part 1
     
  31. What Kind Of Man....?

Examples of songs.

  1. Anti-World!
     
  2. Appearing Tonight
     
  3. Cares Of The Day
     
  4. Elemental Symphony; Part 1, Air
     
  5. Elemental Symphony; Part 2, Fire
     
  6. Elemental Symphony; Part 3, Earth
     
  7. Elemental Symphony; Part 4, Water
     
  8. Everything
     
  9. Existence
     
  10. Francesca
     
  11. Geronimo Is Dead!
     
  12. Going Up To Edinburgh
     
  13. Grey
     
  14. In Our Day
     
  15. It Happened Only Yesterday
     
  16. It's Got So Bad
     
  17. It's Hard To Be A Bishop
     
  18. Jerephath Of Aragathorn
     
  19. Join Us In A Cup Of Tea
     
  20. Leaving You Now
     
  21. Living For Now
     
  22. Lunatics and Losers
  1. Magic Castles
     
  2. Mud In Your Eye
     
  3. My Sweet Elaine
     
  4. Neil Wylie
     
  5. No More The Night
     
  6. Norma Allan
     
  7. Ode To Damart
     
  8. Safety First
     
  9. Some Days
     
  10. Straw Taxi Cabs
     
  11. Tabitha's Daughter
     
  12. The Piper Must Be Paid
     
  13. Thermania
     
  14. This Could Be Your Way
     
  15. Those Hits Keep Rolling In
     
  16. Ugg and Freda
     
  17. Variations On A Dream
     
  18. When My Father Went A-Hunting!
     
  19. Where Is The Woman Who Loves Me?
     
  20. Where Nine Worlds Blend
     
  21. Where The Wild Waters Flow
     
  22. Wish You Were Here
     
  23. X-Ray

Who are the Scots?

Saint Columba
(c. 521 - 597)
An Irish missionary who founded a monastery on the Island of Iona in 563 in an attempt to convert the Picts to religion. He is regarded as Scotland's second Patron Saint after St Andrew.





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