Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Poem by Les Merton

In another time:
he could have been a warrior, 
a Celtic Chief or a Norseman, 
power over the life
or death of anyone.
In another place:
he could have been a Hell's Angel,
a marauding biker 
a Harley Davidson
at breakneck speed.
In our time:
in Lanzarote
he is the Artist of Living
Lebenskünstler - Sepp Bögle 
stones, making sculpture 
out of the here and now.
Les Merton is Cornish and proud of it. He earned his living in a variety of ways:  grocery shop manager, coalman, bus conductor, factory worker, canvasser, film extra, fortune teller, entertainment agent, and after failing as a comedian, the other jobs are best forgotten.  He’s dabbled at writing on and off from the age of 16, however it was in 1996 he decided to give it a go properly. In 2002, he founded Poetry Cornwall/ Bardhonyeth Kernow and as been its editor ever since. In 2004, his endeavours were recognised when he was made a Bard of Gorsedh Kernow for services to Cornish Literature. His Bardic name is Map Hallow (Son of the Moors).  Les has also appear on: ITV’s That Sunday Night Show, BBC TV Spotlight News, and the following Radio Stations: BBC Radio Bristol, Duchy Hospital Radio, BBC Radio Cornwall, BBC Radio 4, Pirate FM, BBC Radio Five Live, ABC Radio Canberra Australia. He enjoys performing  and has given readings all over the UK and in Ndola Zambia.

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