Ira Lightman

Restorant

 

On our tablecloth

the besuited drops

leather bound tomes

for madame, monsieur

to raise, consult,

weigh with frown

on page five,

smile at fifty

as if that’s

all the order

they can sustain.

 

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ira_lightmanIra Lightman makes public art in the North East (the Spennymoor Letters, the Prudhoe Glade, the Gatesheads) and lately Willenhall and Southampton. He devises visual poetry forms and then asks local communities to supply words that will bring them alive. He is a regular on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, celebrating Bob Dylan as poet by singing extracts and accompanying himself on the ukulele, or the anniversary of John Milton by writing iambic pentameter blindfold for a week.

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