1) What is the theme of your poem?
Despite the sense of desolation the poem is about hope- the curlew’s call sounds like a mourning lament but actually it is a love song to attract a mate. The poem finishes with the observation that people who are very sick in hospital will smile and feel more hopeful when they hear the chimes celebrating the birth of a baby.
2) What motivated you to write this poem?
The poem is based on a real event- a hike in the local hills in The Lake District, England just before lockdown. The emerging news of Covid-19 had created a sense of foreboding and sheltering from the mountain storm seemed like a metaphor. The curlew’s song brought hope- just like the birth of an infant.
3) How long have you been writing poetry?
I am a relative novice- inspired by the likes of Seamus Heaney I decided to give it a go a couple of years ago.
4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would
5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a
Although I love the written word poetry is all about sound and I have never heard one of my poems read aloud before- such a treat. Also it is interesting to hear how another person interprets the flow and where they put pauses and stresses- it is like a fresh interpreation.
6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
No sticking with poetry for now and even then find myself hooked on the sonnet form- 14 lines. Not too daunting!
7) What is your passion in life?
Performed by Allison Kampf
Hail, blown by Artic Maritime wind
Stings. Westmorland whitens, all sound freezes.
I take shelter in a silent lime kiln
Stone cold. No fire here, all warmth has been mined.
Pulled my dog close- wary with unease
Numbed. Quiet, waiting as the cold seeps in.
Steam of light cuts through an icy veil
Glimpses of a silhouette, then the lament
As a curlew keens his incantation.
His lovelorn song tells such a sad tale
Memories of moors filled with enchantment-
His thoughts turn- for hope and expectation.
They say: birth chimes bring the sick belief
Moment of joy in a landscape of grief