A Red to Ruin: Pompeii found poems & art by Stuart Buck

January 15, 2020



found poems* & art 


Stuart Buck 

some dreadful bodies/our disaster at the seashore


the emperor continued singing

until he had finished his song


it is likely that we’re caught

and that all of us will die




things left behind


prevailing winds in Campania

remnants of autumnal fruits

wine fermenting jars


across the bay but in the shallows

rockfall rockfall rockfall




the hunt


they elected to take to the fields

with pillows tied to their heads


how the slave escaped

remains a mystery






*found poem text is taken from the wikipedia page 'eruption of vesuvius'




Stuart Buck is a visual artist and award winning poet living in North Wales. His art has been featured in several online and print journals as well as gracing the covers of several books. His third poetry collection 'Portrait of a Man on Fire' is coming November 2020. When he is not writing or reading poetry, he likes to cook, juggle and listen to music. You can commission him to make you something lovely by contacting him via twitter - @stuartmbuck 



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