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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.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

ÑSPEL

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.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

ÑSPEL

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.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

ÑSPEL

About Poets: SEAMUS HEANEY