The Cold Tap Sings

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Tag: Yorkshire

TODAY

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Today

up Wessenden the goblinesque
laughter of a grouse rang
out across the moors
through rufous
bracken
then echoed &
reechoed off the slate
of the wind-wracked fells
up there ‘where snipe work late’

TOMORROW

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Tomorrow

we’re going up Wessenden
to walk among the bracken
the reservoirs the weirs
the waterfalls where water
falls from an evergrey sky
we’re going up Wessenden

PLATH: A BIRTHDAY PRESENT

I hadn’t heard Sylvia Plath’s voice until very recently. And how spooky it is. There’s an English inflexion to her American accent; in fact, there are certain words which sound Yorkshire, as if her voice had melded with Ted Hughes’s … I mean, just listen to the way she pronounces “curtains”…!

The recording was made in October 1962, the month of her birthday and a year before her death. I think the video is fantastic, as the uploader’s dark images mirror the poem’s. You can listen to more audio here, or read another birthday poem here.