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

January 15, 2020

A RED TO RUIN 

 

found poems* & art 

by 

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

 

 

 

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*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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