There will be many varied events across the country today on National Poetry Day.
Twenty poets have donated poems to York Explore Libraries. These will be on display in the libraries in and around York and given out to visitors. Below is the poem I gave away.
I rarely used the cups and saucers:
good enough for the Red Cross.
Dark forest-green rim and each of the five
remaining dinner plates (Poole Pottery, Dorset)
chipped, thin brown cracks running
across the plain centre like a fault line.
You have turkey and trimmings in front of you.
You were wearing that 70s polo-neck jumper,
corduroy trousers, the lopsided smile.
Stacked securely in a cupboard,
suddenly taken away,
placed in a black plastic bag.
The accompanying picture is of Blue Horn by Tony Cragg. He collected 40 used objects in different shades of blue and then ordered them by size in the shape of a scythe, a reference to one of the oldest things used by men to work the land. The artist looks for ways to connect art with daily life.
I took the photo during a recent visit to Voorlinden, a new private museum in Wassenaar, the Netherlands.