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July 09: Two new poems from Tim Saunders, the Cornish language poet

Kornel an Kyzbrenjy
(Delyow Poll)

Beure byz
a’worwel peub tra welyz:
ledrow nywlennvyw lec’hvryn
ow’ penna parwyz dhy’nn byz.

Nell ha’ nerth  
tuz ow’ tonez a-gyzgerth:
kri kryv ewnder a’dhassyn,  
dyc’htya gwiryow pren ha’ gwerth.  

Gwerth ha’ pren
lavarow trist po lawen:
omma traweîth y trokkyyn  
kuvweithrez po kovow len.

Trydhlyn ganz mir dhy bezwar parth,
gwlazgordh ann marth war vor ha’ tir,
ha’nn fordhow loezzir ow’ strotha ann garth.


Co-op Corner
(Delabole)


World’s early morning
places a horizon round all things visible:
slopes of a slate hill alive with mists
setting a wall for the world.

Vigour and strength
of people coming together in common right:
strong cry of justice echoes,
dealing with the rights of buying and selling.

Selling and buying
of sad or joyous speech:
 here at times we shall exchange
kind act or honest memories.

Let us dawdle with a glance to the four points of the compass,
in the kingdom of wonder on sea and land,
as the long grey roads bind the ridge.


Nanz an Bargoz
(Egloes Tuzyg)


Gwandra gwêl
edhn a’vynn a vodh awel,
marc’hogaeth tro dr’y maesow
heb gwoskeuz nâ’ chwrr nâ’ c’hel.

Livow liw
ow’ lymna lethrow gwinwiw:
skovarneug ha’ skeuz ankow
a’we war-barth a-dreus riw.

Glesni glew,
kanna kommol ez gwavrew,
praz ha’ prysk a’grynwolow,
eudh kri moan dhy bluv ha’ blew.

Mar dromm ha’ poes ganz toth ann tan
dre’nn aer gloar lan y’koedh sterenn gloes:
a glyw kloc’h egloes, nown dhy gig a’wan.


Kite Valley
(St. Tudy)

A bird will wander
a battlefield at the behest of breeze,
riding towards its fields
without shelter or boundary or concealment.

Floods of colour
painting slopes worthy of wine:
a hare and the shadow of death
weave together across a slope.

Keen greenness,
cloud brighter than winter frost,
meadow and bushes light shiveringly,
horror of a thin cry to feathers and fur.

So suddenly and heavily with the speed of fire
through the cool clear air falls a star of pain:
within hearing of a church bell, hunger stabs into flesh.

Tim Saunders’ Cornish-language poem cycle, Awen, Aval and Awedh is currently in preparation, with stunning lino cuts by Tim Roberts. The poems are translated into English by Alan M Kent. Available iin a limited edition in 2010.

Click here for more information about Awen, Aval and Awedh

 

Other books by Tim Saunders:

Inside Merlin’s Cave – A Cornish Arthurian Reader 1000-2000

Nothing Broken – Recent Poetry in Cornish

The High Tide – Collected Poems in Cornish 1974–1999 by Tim Saunders

The Wheel – an anthology of modern poetry in Cornish 1850–1980

 

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Regular Cornish language classes with Mick Paynter.

London. The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Gallery permanent exhibition of women in medicine.

First Sunday of every month, Redruth. Shout with the Red River singers.

Second Wednesday of every month, Luxulyan. Prys Ton Cornish Music Session.

21 August 2017, Whitby Folk Week, Southern Harvest a concert with Derek Schofield, Nick Dow, Bryony Griffith, Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham and Paul Sartin.

2931 August 2017, East Sussex. Pyba at Herstmonceaux Medieval Festival.

1 September 2017, Launceston. Cornish Dance Society Ceilidh with Pyba.

2 September 2017 to 6 January 2018, Southampton. Exhibition From Mile End to Mayfair: The East London Group & their contemporaries.

10 September 2017, St Ives. Kemysk at St Ives September Festival.

29 September to 17 December 2017, Bow, London. Exhibition The Working Artist: The East London Group.

6 October 2017, Aldeburgh. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Commemoration Weekend with talks, a play, music and the unveiling of a plaque.

20 October 2017, Penryn, Cornwall. Cornish songs from the Red River Singers at the National Dialect Festival 2017.

2022 October 2017, Penryn, Cornwall. National Dialect Festival 2017.

2 November 2017, St Columb Major, Cornwall. Hark! A talk about Cornish carols by Sally Burley and Hilary Coleman.

26 November 2017, Heartlands, Cornwall. Red River Singers at the Weekend Market.

14 December 2017, Bodmin, Cornwall. Shout at Picrous Night.

22 December 2017, St Day, Cornwall. Carols with the red River Singers and the Carharrack & St Day Silver Band.

24 December 2017, Tregajorran, Cornwall. Christmas Eve carols in the Square.