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About Poets: KATHLEEN JAMIE

Photograph: Eamonn McCabe
Photo: Eamonn McCabe; Guardian, 6 April 2012
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About Poets: JO BELL

Poems from Uncle Arthur: JUST DESSERTS

JUST DZRTS

Ɖ stori wz nicrbocr glori

untl mî î

fél on apl pî, onli t trn

t ɖ ruf n tumbl

v rūbarb crumbl, ɖ bîlatṛl wit

v bnana split, a scrumśs plet

v caṛt cec, ou peut-etre savourer

une crème brûlée, or phps a plunj

intu trīcl spunj, n ǒ! fr a bytifl

slîs v frūt trîfl, or a ćili wōltsdrīm

v Viena îscrīm, n ẃt a sinfl bt gd ʈñ

sticitofi pdñ! or ʈncñ it ovr

ẃ nt sm pvlova, or lemn mrañ

t gv lîf a tang? bt mć az I traid

I jst cd’nt dsîd. N so it wz lcñ

ol rɖr rum baba, untl trnñ t y

I sudnli ń: ɖ dzrt I dzrvd

wz yr tiṛmisu.

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Poems from Uncle Arthur: CLOSE SHAVE

CLOS ŚEV

Nirli nict mslf śeving

az ofn I d

ẃn ɖ sop z so soft

n ɖ scî z so blu

Olmst slipt ptñ on mî soc

ẃć hapnz qt a bit

ẃn ɖ flor z so flîti

ɖ scî so blu

ɖ sop so soft

n mî hart gz hóp scip flip

Cd’v ćoct upn mî ti

ẃć z nt so rer at ol

f ɖ tīlīvz līv tù lêt

hóp scip flip

flor so flîti

sop so soft

scî so blu

n I fri-fōl ʈru ɖ hōl

Nirli wz run ovr

by Numbr 63

bcz ɖ bus wz rūbi-red

fri-fél ʈru hōl

līvz left tù lêt

hart hóp scip flip

flor so flîti

sop so soft

scî so blu

n I’m fīlñ nt qt m

Olmst disingejd yr get –

I d it qt a lot

ẃn yr getposts stand so prǎd

nt qt m wz rūbi-red

ʈru ɖ hōl līvz left tù lêt

scip flip so flîti

sop soft scî blu

n it’s olmst nǎ ocloc

Stumbld on yr dorstep –

mć īzịr ɖn y’d ʈnc

ẃn ɖ ston sz Welcm Hom

nǎ ocloc prǎd nt m rūbi

hōl ti hóp flip

fri soft blu scî

n ɖ pevmnt’s prpl-pnc

Nirli fél intu yr armz

ẃć z vri īzi tù

bcz yr îz r dîmnd-brît

ɖ pevmnt’s pnc ɖ ston sd Hom

it’s haf-past nǎ yr getposts prǎd

nt fīlñ m bus 63

fél ʈru ɖ hōl līvz left tù lêt

wnt hóp scip flip so flîti flor

fri soft blu scî

fri soft blu scî

n I’m so in luv wɖ y



INDEX OF POETSMEDIA LINKS

Poems from Uncle Arthur: RHYMING ROBOT

RÎMÑROBÓT

I am a robót.

A robótman I am.

I run on ti n powtri

N a slîs v bred n jam.

Ti n powtri

N a slîs v bred n jam

Z ẃt mcs a rîmñ robót

Đ robótman I am.

Plīz gv m bred n jam

Sm ti n powtri

Fr wɖt sć ʈñz a robót

Z mir mśīṇri.

wɖt sć ʈñz a robót

sć ʈñz a robót

ʈñz a robót

a robót

robót

robót

robót

robót

robót

robót

robót

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In Ñspel: COUNT THAT DAY LOST, by George Eliot

CǍNT ĐT DE LOST

Jorj Ełt

F y sit dǎn at set v sún
N cǎnt ɖ acts ɖt y hv dn,
N, cǎntñ, fînd
Wn slf-dnayñ dīd, wn wrd
Ɖt īzd ɖ hart v him hu hŕd,
Wn glans most cînd
Ɖt fél lîc súnśîn ẃr it wnt —
Ɖen y m cǎnt ɖt de wel spent.

Bt f, ʈru ol ɖ livloñ de,
Y’v ćird no hart, bî ye or ne —
F, ʈru it ol
Y’ve nʈñ dn ɖt y cn tres
Ɖt bròt ɖ súnśîn t wn fes–
No act most smōl
Ɖt helpt sm soul n nʈñ cost —
Ɖen cǎnt ɖt de az wrs ɖn lost.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

In Ñspel: REMEMBER, by Christina Rossetti

RMEMBR

Cṛstīna R’zeti

Rmembr m ẃn I am gn awe,

Gn far awe intu ɖ sîḷnt land;

Ẃn y cn no mor hold m bî ɖ hand,

Nor I haf trn t g yt trnñ ste.

Rmembr m ẃn no mor de bî de

Y tel m v ǎr fyćr ɖt y pland:

Onli rmembr m; y unḍstand

It wl b lêt t cǎnsl ɖen or pre.

Yt f y śd fget m fr a ẃl

N aftwdz rmembr, d nt grīv:

Fr f ɖ darcnis n c’rupśn līv

A vstij v ɖ ʈts ɖt wns I hd,

Betr bî far y śd fget n smîl

Ɖn ɖt y śd rmembr n b sad.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

In Ñspel: FIRST TIME IN, by Ivor Gurney

FRST TÎM IN

Îvr Grni

Aftr ɖ dred têlz n red yarnz v ɖ Lîn

Enʈñ mt hv cm t s; bt ɖ dvîn

Afṭglo bròt s p t a Wlś coḷni

Hîdñ in sandbag dićz, ẃisṗrñ cnsoḷtri

Soft foṛn ʈñz. Đen w wr tecn in

T lo huts candl-lit, śêdd clos bî slitn

Ôlśīts, n ɖr bt bôz gv s cînd welcm,

So ɖt we lct ǎt az fṛm ɖ éj v hom,

Sañ s Wlś ʈñz, n ćenjd ol formr nośnz

T hymn hopfl ʈñz. N ɖ nxt de’Z gunz

Nor eni Lînpañz evr qt cd blot ǎt

Đt strenjli bytifl entri t wor’z rǎt;

Candlz ɖe gev s, preśs n śerd ovŗaśnz—

Yḷsīz faund litl mor in hiz wonḍrñz

wɖt dǎt.

‘Devid v ɖ Ẃît Roc’, ɖ ‘Slumbrsoñ’

so soft, n ɖt

Bytifl tyn t ẃć rogiś wrdz bî Wlś pitbôz

R suñ—bt nvr mor bytifl ɖn hir

undr ɖ gunz’ nôz.

Pōl Naś │ Đ MENIN ROD │ 1919

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

In Ñspel: SOMETHING TOLD THE WILD GEESE, by Rachel Field

SMƮÑ TLD Đ WÎLD GĪS

Rećl Fīld

Smʈñ tld ɖ wîld gīs
It wz tîm t g.
Đo ɖ fīldz le goldn
Smʈñ ẃisprd,—‘Sno.’
Līvz wr grīn n stŕñ,
Bériz, lustr-glost,
Bt bnʈ worm feɖrz
Smʈñ cōśnd,—‘Frost.’
Ol ɖ sagñ orć̣dz
Stīmd wɖ ambr spîs,
Bt ć wîld brest stifnd
At rmembrd îs.
Smʈñ tld ɖ wîld gīs
It wz tîm t flî,—
Sumrsún wz on ɖer wñz,
Wintr in ɖer crî.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL