Time Will Not

Time Will Not Reverse…guest blog post at First Draft

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Poet Rebecca Audra Smith looks at the theme of ‘retrospect‘ in this poem and guest blog. You can catch her performing at our In Retrospect cabaret night at The Castle Hotel on Monday 16 February.

Becca Audra Time Will Not poem

I wrote ‘Time will not’ for fun –  it’s a formal take from Edwin Morgan’s poem ‘I am the resurrection and the life’. As the sense comes from the last line, you read the poem in reverse in a way – it’s playful, as it questions the sense of words and the odd gaps between letters mean that you pair together meanings in different ways. This is typical of the idea of ‘retrospect’; through looking backwards, we try out different angles and visions in order to make sense of what has come before.

Time will not make linear sense although we like to shut it into clocks; it spills out of the…

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