The Card Dealer

Since I first sang the Christmas carol: In the Bleak Midwinter,  I fell in love with the words of Christina Rossetti. Later, while studying art at grammar school, I fell in love with the paintings of her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. I recently discovered a wonderful Rossetti Archive online,  which is dedicated to his work. While browsing through the a book of Rossetti’s poems, I came across a poem by Dante entitled  The Card Dealer. Dante’s poem was inspired by the painting shown below, a work by a 19th century British artist, Theodore Van Holst. The painting is entitled The Wish, but has also become known as The Card Dealer after the title of Dante’s poem.

As I am studying writing, art and the Tarot, I had to share these finds here.  You will be hearing more from me on the Rossetti siblings…

“The Fortune-Teller” (1840) by Theodore von Holst
“The Fortune-Teller” (1840) by Theodore von Holst

Copyright: Browne, Theodor Von Holst, 102

The Card Dealer by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Card Dealer by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Card Dealer by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Card Dealer by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Card Dealer by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Card Dealer by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Poems: A New Edition. London: Strangeways, 1881

Sonnet to Avalon

Bryan Ferry Singing Shakespeare’s Sonnet To Avalon Video (by TheRoxyManifesto)


Poem by Bobby Besley

I was having fun playing with fractured syntax, enjambment and odd lunar shapes with gravestone typography.

A Poetry Fairy Tale

A Poetry Fairy Tale

The Poetry of Heinekin

I love this Heinekin ad from the 80’s….. so clever replacing the word ‘parts’ in the tradiitonal Heinekin slogan with ‘poets’ which is a half rhyme of the original word. In my poet brain this makes it even more appropriate. I just love how the process the poet goes through in trying to find the right words is conveyed too. Brilliant!! I stayed in a cottage in Grasmere in another life, so this has all kinds of memories as well as its poetic perfection.

Symphony of Science

Science is the poetry of reality.

Message for Mars: Nasa seeks haikus

Message for Mars: Nasa seeks haikus

Day Jobs of the Poets

Day Jobs of the Poets


Day Jobs of the Poets.

Day – 30 – Dream Poem

On day 30

I wake with a poem

made from a dream of an unfinished day

with no beginning

just the façade of a wrecked building

that may have been in college

We lost 2 rooms, but I found them

in my desk drawer

We were writing senryu which may have been cento

when everything faded away, another room  disappeared

We walked through flooded lawns to find it

somehwere my legs stopped working

I started conversations with strangers

asking them to choose the subject of my poem

hungry, I remembered some sandwiches

from another dream, and I found them in a locker

but they had gone moldy

The missing lesson was in a disused room

hidden away at the back of the campus

with ancient desks

all jumbled on top of each other

someone yelled, there was no toilet paper

the building was cold with hard grey carpet

there was dead stuff on the floor as we walked in

someone was trying to clear it up

In the lesson we had to write a letter

demanding payment

I said I knew how to do it perfectly

I was very confident about this

the thing to do I said,

was be sure to post it

in a neon pink envelope.