There is a risk sometimes that working mostly from home might lead gently into a domestic rut. Although I go to school two days a week, the other five still contain that blissful combination of central heating and a fridge, so I have to make an effort occasionally to break away from the village and its easy access to highly-calorific food and visit the outside world. So successful was this effort last weekend that I went out not once but twice!
On Saturday, I attended a wonderful poetry dayschool with the amazing Jenny Lewis. The focus for this dayschool was myth and magic, and as a starting point, we looked at a poem by David Harsent, 'The hare as witch animal'. You can find a recording of Harsent reading it, and the text, here. Some of those attending found the poem distasteful, but I think the language used in wonderful and the concepts within it more supernatural than gross. Better still, the discussion of myth and fairy-tale that we had, combined with thinking about Harsent's poem, triggered the first drafts for four poems; considering that I've had a bit of a dry spell poetry-wise since August, this was particularly gratifying.