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All poems written & copyright by John Good








Poem Title
Timeline




Idris Speaks (video enhanced)
San Anselmo Reprise
Questions in Llareggub
Mawl a Marwnad Afan
Kyle
Similar Weather
Sleep

Timekeeper
The Girls of Summer



Summer 2018
2000's, San Anselmo, CA
Late `90s, Wales & Arizona
May 2004, Phoenix area
October 2015, Phoenix area
`80s San Anselmo, CA
Mid `90s, Glendale, AZ

Late 2014, Phoenix area
Early `90s, Glendale, AZ









 
    

Idris Speaks

    
Idris Davies was a miner, teacher and poet who T.S. Eliot thought captured the atmosphere of the 1926 General Strike better than anyone else. His work received a welcome second look when Pete Seeger used a part of one of his poems as a lyric for the 1965 folk song "Bells of Rhymney". The Pop group The Birds turned it into a major hit. 

The poem is a monologue I wrote to accompany my version of the song that includes some of his actual words.





Mining tools, line drawingMining tools, line drawing






Strikers protesting during 1926 General Strike
The poem Idris Speaks
Strikers protesting during 1926 General Strike



 
    

San Anselmo Reprise

    
Two expatriates, at one time living near each other in Southern England, then Northern California, meet from time to time to recollect, make music, look forward, exchange dreams, bandage old and new wounds, and seamlessly resume a friendship spanning over 40 years. There are always major changes, but, at heart, the important things remain unchanged. William Blake understood this.

"The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship."





San Anselmo Reprise text & photo

Listen to San Anselmo Reprise performed by John Good.

The musical accompaniment was composed/improvised and recorded
in the same room in San Anselmo California, in which the poem was written,
over a period (on and off) of many years.

A. Hindson: Engineer and Percussion Assemblage
J. Good: Flutes, Words, Whistles and Voice.



 
     talking to Dylan Thomas...

Questions in Llareggub

...at the Boathouse     


Listen to Questions in Llareggub performed by John Good.

From the album From the First 1500 Years of Welsh Poetry.

Text of the poem
John and his wife Kelly at Dylan Thomas' Boathouse
 
Kelly and John the Boathouse, some time ago...  
 



 
     love and loss of childhood...

Mawl a Marwnad Afan

In Praise and Lamentation for Afan


Listen to Mawl a Marwnad Afan sung by John Good.

The poem
Photo of the River Afan by David Good
 
the River Afan by David Good     




 
     getting over a loss...

Kyle

...creativity heals     


Listen to John's take on Kyle.

A poem for my friend Kyle Harris





Kyle Harris


Kyle Harris - Glendale Lib recording John Good, Aug 2007

  






 
     international spring...

Similar Weather



Listen to John's take on Similar Weather.

Similar, a poem



 
     a midsummer night's dream...

Sleep



Listen to John's take on Sleep.

Sleep, a poem



 
     regulating the clock...

Timekeeper



Listen to John's take on Timekeeper.

The poem the Timekeeper




     the maiden verbage...

The Girls of Summer



Listen to John's take on The Girls of Summer.

The Girls of Summer






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