To celebrate National Poetry Day on Thursday 1st October, the Writers’ Society used bibliomancy to create poetry.
Bibliomancy is the art of using books to tell the future. You pick a book, ask a question, close your eyes, open the book to a page at random, then point to a line. That chosen line – or passage – is your answer.
On National Poetry Day we used a variety of books to construct poems. Here are some of our creations…
he comes in, grim-faced
it had been in the afternoon,
near the ‘dead hour’.
we remained pinned there
under the blazing sun.
i sought calm in vain-
as if tied up in a black sack
in an anxious dream
from which there was
every man goes through
this period of crisis.
by stas (Weymouth)
we rustle and wait
blinking happily, sleepily, in the sun
He felt it burn in his heart
‘I swear I’ll bring you back home’
he couldn’t leave a friend to die
Victory is on one side
merely to walk into such a place
where they lose trust in themselves
and the seconds that passed felt like hours
clouds knotted on the horizon
look at those flowers
looking at nothing
Some things were worth aching for
by Anjali (McClure)