Saints of The English Year – St. Chad

March 2nd Ceadda or Chad (d.672) was the first bishop of the newly converted kingdom of Mercia, and made his seat at Lichfield. No major customs seem to have been attached to his feast day, although there were a number of churches dedicated to his name, and he achieved lasting fame in the sphere of … Continue reading Saints of The English Year – St. Chad

Saints of The English Year – St. David

March 1st Saint Dewi, anglicised as St. David, was a sixth century monk and bishop. He was the only Welsh saint to be officially recognised in the wider Christian community, and was adopted as the patron saint of Wales in the twelfth century. Little is known for certain about his life. As Wales' apron saint, … Continue reading Saints of The English Year – St. David

close to the aperture [close the aperture]

[close the aperture] three boys, at the tyne’s edge, sit, in silhouette, atop some metal structure that they should not be sat atop. a gang on a gangway. their legs hang beneath them. they have liberated one of the wreaths from the gravel of the nearby merchant seamans’ memorial. they talk measuredly, loudly, as they … Continue reading close to the aperture [close the aperture]

close to the aperture [oblong of light]

[oblong of light] the tyne ferry sketches across the river from the north side & sidles, beautifully, up to the south pier with such grace that I wonder if the river, tonight, is not brack, but brandy. the voyage is only some six minutes, but always a delight & well worth the £3.60 return fare. … Continue reading close to the aperture [oblong of light]

Saints of The English Year – St. Scholastica

February 10th: Saint Scholastica (c.480-c.543) established a convent at Plombariola in Italy and was the sister of Benedict, the founder of the Benedictine monastic order. Brother and sister met regularly to discuss spiritual topics, and it is said that when Benedict wanted to go home after one such meeting, Scholastica successfully prayed for a storm … Continue reading Saints of The English Year – St. Scholastica

close to the aperture [applied to wax]

[applied to wax] bringing it all back home: subterranean homesick blues, lyrically, stands head & shoulders over almost any rocknroll number ever applied to wax, doesn’t it? it still brings a thrill to my heart & head & delivers a shiver across my shoulders, a glory to my nape, this very evening; perhaps now even … Continue reading close to the aperture [applied to wax]