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Clasics in Ñspel: EPIC, by Patrick Kavanagh

Statue of Patrick Kavanagh by the Grand Canal in Dublin.

Patric Caṿna

I hv livd in importnt plesz, tîmz
Ẃn gret ivnts wr dsîdd; hu ǒnd
Ɖt haf a rȕd v roc, a no-man’z land
Srǎndd bî ǎr pićforc-armd clemz.
I hŕd ɖ Dufiz śǎtñ ‘Dám yr soul!’
N old MCeb stript t ɖ weist, sìn
Step ɖ plot dfayñ blu cast-stīl –
‘Hir z ɖ marć alñ ɖz ayn stonz’
Ɖt wz ɖ yir v ɖ Ḿnic boɖr. Ẃć
Wz mor importnt? I inclînd
T lūz mî fe ʈ in Baliruś n Gortin
Tl Homr’z gost cem ẃisṗrñ

t mî mînd.

H sd: I md ɖ Iliad fṛm sć
A locl rǎ.

Godz mc ɖer ǒn importns.

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Clasics in Ñspel: KERR’S ASS, by Patrick Kavanagh

Statue of Patrick Kavanagh by the Grand Canal in Dublin.

Patric Caṿna

CR’Z AS

W boroud ɖ loun v Cr’z big as
T g t Dundōc wɖ butr,
Bròt him hom ɖ īvnñ bfr ɖ marcit
N xîl ɖt nît in Mucr.

W hìld p ɖ cart bfr ɖ dor,
W tc ɖ harnis insd —
Ɖ strw-stuft stradl, ɖ brocn brićñ
Wɖ bits v bl-wîr taid;

Ɖ wncrz ɖt hd no ćocband,
Ɖ colr n ɖ reinz…
In Īlñ Brōdwe, Lundn Tǎn
I nem ɖer sevṛl nemz

Untl a wrld cmz t lîf —
Mornñ, ɖ sîḷnt bog,
N ɖ God v imaɉneśn wecñ
In a Mucr fog.

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Clasics in Ñspel: THE CURE AT TROY [chorus], by Seamus Heaney

Guardian, 2018: "Seamus Heaney’s family on life with the great poet: ‘He was always just Dad at home'" / Photo: Eamonn McCabe.

Śeṃs Hīni

Ɖ KR AT TRÔ
[cōṛs]

Hymn biyñz sufr.
Ɖe torćr wn anɖr.
Ɖe gt hrt n gt hard.
No powm or ple or soñ
Cn fŭli rît a roñ
Inflictd n indyrd.

Hisṭri sz, ‘D’nt hop
On ɖs sîd v ɖ grev,’
Bt ɖen, wns in a lîftîm
Ɖ loñd fr tîdl wev
V justis cn rîz p
N hop n hisṭri rîm.

So hop fr a gret sìćenj
On ɖ far sîd v rvnj.
B’liv ɖt a frɖr śor
Z rīć̣bl fṛm hir.
B’liv in miṛclz
N krz n hīlñ welz.

Cōl miṛcl slf-hīlñ,
Ɖ utr slf-rvilñ
Dubl-tec v fīlñ.
F ɖr’z fîr on ɖ mǎntin
N lîṭnñ n storm
N a god spīcs fṛm ɖ scî

Ɖt mīnz smwn z hírñ
Ɖ ǎtcrî n ɖ brʈcrî
V ny lîf at its trm.
It mīnz wns in a lîftîm
Ɖt justis cn rîz p
N hop n hisṭri rîm.

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About Poets: JOHN HEWITT

Clasics in Ñspel: BOOK ENDS, by Tony Harrison

The London Magazine. Tony Harrison pictured at the National Theatre, London. Photo: Jason Alden.

Toni Harisn

BC-ENDZ

I

Bect ɖ de ś sudnli dropt ded
w ću it slǒli ɖt last apl pî.

Śoct intu slīplisnis y’r scerd v bed.
W nvr cd tōc mć, n nǎ d’nt trî.

Y’r lîc bc-endz, ɖ per v y, ś’d se,
Hog ɖt greit, se nʈñ, sit, slīp, stér…

Ɖ ‘scolr’ m, y, wòrn ǎt on pur pe,
onli ǎr sîḷns md s sīm a per.

Nt az gd fr stẹrñ in, blu gas,
tù reğlr ć bud, ć yelo spîc.

At nît y nīd mî cumṗni t pas
n ś nt hir t tel s w’r alîc!

Y’r lîf’s ol śatrd intu smiɖ̇rīnz.

Bac in ǎr sîḷnsz n suḷn lcs,
fr ol ɖ Scoć w drinc, ẃt’s stl btwn ’s
nt ɖ ʈrti or so yirz, bt bcs, bcs, bcs.

II

Ɖ ston’z tù fl. Ɖ wrdñ mst b trs.
Ɖr’z scersli rūm t carv ɖ FLOṚNS on it –

Cm on, it’s nt az if w’r wontñ vrs.
It’s nt az f w’r wontñ a hol sonit!

Aftr tumblrz v nīt Joni Wōcr
(I ʈnc ɖt bʈ v s w’r on ǎr ʈrd)
y sd y’d olwz bn a clumzi tōcr
n cd’nt fînd anɖr, śortr wrd
fr ‘b’luvid’ or fr ‘wîf’ in ɖ inscripśn,
bt nt tù clumzi ɖt y c’nt stl cut:

Y’r s’pozd t b ɖ brît bô at dscripśn
n y c’nt tel ɖm ẃt ɖ fuc t pt!

I’v got t fînd ɖ rît wrdz on mî ǒn.

I’v got ɖ enṿlop ɖt h’d bn scrōlñ,
mșpelt, mōciś, stîlisticli apōlñ
bt I c’nt sqīz mor luv intu ɖer ston.

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Clasics in Ñspel: ON RAGLAN ROAD, by Patrick Kavanagh

Statue of Patrick Kavanagh by the Grand Canal in Dublin.

Patric Caṿna

ON RAGḶN ROD

On Ragḷn Rod on an ōtm de I met hr frst n ń
Ɖt hr darc her wd wīv a sner ɖt I mt wn de ru;
I sw ɖ denjr, yt I wōct alñ ɖ inćantd we,
N I sd, let grīf b a fōḷn līf at ɖ dōnñ v ɖ de.

On Graftn Strīt in Nvmbr w tript lîtli alñ ɖ lej
V ɖ dīp r’vīn ẃr cn b sìn ɖ wrʈ v paśn’z plej,
Ɖ Qīn v Harts stl mcñ tarts n I nt mcñ he –
O I luvd tù mć n bî sć n sć z hapinis ʈroun awe.

I gev hr gifts v ɖ mînd I gev hr ɖ sīcrit sîn ɖt’s noun
T ɖ artists hu hv noun ɖ tru godz v sǎnd n ston
N wrd n tint. I did nt stint fr I gev hr powmz t se.
Wɖ hr ǒn nem ɖr n hr ǒn darc her lîc clǎdz ovr fīldz v Me

On a qayt strīt ẃr old gosts mīt I si hr wōcñ nǎ
Awe fṛm m so huridli mî rīzn mst alǎ
Ɖt I hd wùd nt az I śd a crīćr md v cle –
Ẃn ɖ enjl wuz ɖ cle h’d lūz hiz wñz at ɖ dōn v de.

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Clasics in Ñspel: BLACKBERRY-PICKING, by Seamus Heaney

Guardian, 2018: "Seamus Heaney’s family on life with the great poet: ‘He was always just Dad at home'" / Photo: Eamonn McCabe.

Śeṃs Hīni

BLACḄRIPICÑ

Lêt Ōġst, gvn hevi ren n sún
Fr a fl wīc, ɖ blacḅriz wd rîpn.
At frst, jst wn, a glosi prpl clot
Amñ uɖrz, red, grīn, hard az a nót.
Y et ɖt first wn n its fleś wz swīt
Lîc ʈicnd wîn: sumr’z blud wz in it
Līvñ stenz upn ɖ tuñ n lust fr
Picñ. Ɖen red wnz inct p n ɖt hungr
Snt s ǎt wɖ milc̦anz, pītinz, jampots
Ẃr brayrz scraćt n wet gras blīćt ǎr būts.
Rnd heifīldz, cornfīldz n ptetodrilz
W trect n pict untl ɖ canz wr fl,
Untl ɖ tinc̣lñ botm hd bn cuvrd
Wɖ grīn wnz, n on top

big darc blobz brnd

Lîc a plet v îz. Ǎr handz wr péprd
Wɖ ʈornprics, ǎr pāmz stici az Blūbird’z.
W hōrdd ɖ freś bériz in ɖ bîr.

Bt ẃn ɖ baʈ wz fild w faund a fŕ,
A rat-gre funġs, glutñ on ǎr cáś.
Ɖ jūs wz stncñ tù. Wns of ɖ bś
Ɖ frūt fmntd, ɖ swīt fleś wd trn sǎr.
I olwz flt lîc crayñ. It wz’nt fer
Ɖt ol ɖ luvli canflz smelt v rot.
Ć yir I hopt ɖe’d cīp, ń ɖe wd not.

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About Poets: SEAMUS HEANEY