‘The Listeners’ by Walter de La Mare

One of my favorite childhood poets is Sir Walter de la Mare.  the first poem which we had to memorise at school was ‘Five Eyes’ and to this day, I still remember it line for line. De La Mare was born at Charlton, Kent, England 25 April 1873 – 22 June 1956.  He came from  quite aContinue reading “‘The Listeners’ by Walter de La Mare”

I Really could sit in a chair all day

I was reminded of this poem today.  I wrote it ages ago as an experimental piece. It was inspired by  Vincent Van Gogh’s  1888 painting.  I think the original idea for the poem is that in my inertia.  I slowly morph into an actual chair!   I could sit in a chair all day, IContinue reading “I Really could sit in a chair all day”

American Gothic and the Hot Meat Pie

I wrote this short poem years ago for a poetry competition I was running on here.  It seems appropriate to republish it today because it is the birthday of the artist  American Regionalist Grant Wood (1891-1942). Here are the other posts that I wrote about him and the Regionalists over on my  other blog EchostainsContinue reading “American Gothic and the Hot Meat Pie”

Happy Belated Birthday Walt Disney!

December 5th saw the  birthday celebration of famous American animator Walt Disney (1901-1966).   Disney was not only an animator, he was also a film producer, screen writer and voice actor.  He has also become a national icon in his own right. Disney, an entrapenairre  and a showman went on to design theme parks, andContinue reading “Happy Belated Birthday Walt Disney!”

Happy Belated Birthday Samuel Taylor Coleridge!

On 21st day of this month in 1772  the English poet and critic  Samuel Taylor Coleridge (died 25 July 1834) was born.  Along with his friend William Wordsworth he was a founder member of the Romantic movement and was also one of the Lake Poets.  His most well-known poems include Khubla Kahn and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner‘. Continue reading “Happy Belated Birthday Samuel Taylor Coleridge!”

All Behind – and a personal challenge – Day one

You have heard the expression ‘getting ahead of yourself?’ Well I am getting all behind with myself – especially as far as my Bookstains blog is concerned.   I’ve been so busy with other stuff.  I have book reviews to post, films to mention and there’s a couple of new poetry challenges to be posted.  All these postsContinue reading “All Behind – and a personal challenge – Day one”

Poem ‘Sense Sojourn’

I wrote this poem as an experiment some time last year.  I thought it would be a challenge to put it into video format (and it was).  The programme I used had sound clips which I have used.  Each of the observation of these senses relate to trivial and not so trivial experiences that pertainContinue reading “Poem ‘Sense Sojourn’”

Dear Reader – I read them

  what I’m reading at the moment I really must catch up with reviews of all the books and films I have seen!  The list is long, and although I do find myself taking notes (on the films) there never seems to be enough time to write it all down.  So, in a nutshell here’s aContinue reading “Dear Reader – I read them”

‘About ‘Bookstains’

    Bookstains is the sister site of my other blog ‘Echostains’.  As Echostains is about communication through art (the stain being the art – the communication being the echo), ‘Bookstains’ is my communication with books.   When you put your hot coffee cup on a wooden surface – it will make a stain.  When you put aContinue reading “‘About ‘Bookstains’”