Dwina Gibb and I were on Radio Oxford talking Poems in an Exhibition. Click on the link to hear Dwina read My Songbird has Flown:
Dwina and I on Radio Oxford:
The launch of Poems in an Exhibition was an emotional occasion celebrating creativity and diversity. It is hard to imagine a more diverse group of poets and artists. Confluence Collective who connect a huge range of communities in Oxford through music dance and poetry helped to make it a memorable evening. Dwina Gibb read her poem for her late husband Robin for the first time since the funeral which interested the Oxford Mail.
I felt the mystery of our sameness under our skins and the goodwill and unity we experience when we create something wonderful together. To end the evening I asked all those present to write a word phrase or line or a poem board. I have used some of them to create the poem below about November 30 in the Old Library in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin- the first library in Oxford.
by Sylvia Vetta
Working with the words of others written on November 30 in the Old Library .
Outside dark night
shaped by the windows tracery.
The deep and soulful sound
Black and white; suspicion and division
No thin reedy piping chirp or tweet
Stems the flow and energy
of unity, the confluence
of this our human amity.
Beyond the old stone whitewashed
Will the world watch as we
on step and step and step out into the open
to be seen in the light?