Last week, I blogged about the Colchester Capsule and the poem by Martin Newell that’s going to be put within it. The poem has now been put up on the firstsite website (pdf file) with a story about it here, if you feel the need to see a picture of me and others with Martin after the reading.
Reading it is perhaps not quite as interesting as having Martin perform it for you, but it’s a very good poem about both the history of Colchester and the wider processes of history and memory:
Yet, history’s untidy
And leaves more things unsaid
It’s crowded by the dead
Who mostly take their memories
And mindsets to the grave
So all we find are trinkets
We vainly try to save.
Just a quick plug here for firstsite‘s latest project, The Colchester Capsule, as it finishes tomorrow and it’s a chance for anyone to get involved with a piece of art and a message to the future.
When it’s filled, the capsule will contain a variety of items that represent Colchester in 2010 and will then be buried as part of the landscaping work that’s about to begin around the firstsite building, where it will hopefully remain until 2100 when our 90-years-on descendants will get to see just what we put in there. Or, a 128-year-old me will be there reminiscing on how we in 2010 didn’t realise just how close we were to vastly expanding the human lifespan.
One of the things that will be going in the capsule is a specially commissioned poem from Martin Newell about the history of Colchester, which he read in public for the first time last night. Unfortunately, I don’t have perfect recall of it, so can’t quote it all here, but you shouldn’t have to wait 90 years to read it, as I’ve been promised it’ll turn up on firstsite’s website very soon.
Update: The deadline for the capsule has been extended to Saturday October 16th, so you can still contribute articles for it until then.
The poet Peter Porter has died. He was one of the firs poets I can remember studying in any depth at school, especially Your Attention Please.
Some of us may die.
It is not likely to be you.
I can also recommend Mort Aux Chats, probably best read in a voice that sounds somewhat like Nick Griffin.