Happy New Year’s Eve and welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the fifty-fourth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by freelance critic, poet and scholar Phillip A Ellis.
Summer is a time for the year to end,
and for me a time for recollection
of the friends I have made and the friends I’ve lost,
of the names once familiar, and now a ghost.
Some years I would not dream summer if I could,
my heart had been so lonely, and so alone
that it never seemed to feel the risen sun
and the heat of the sunlight, it was that cold.
But there is a time for memory’s song,
and there is a time to rise and to sing
of the people who matter and who mattered most,
of the people you knew and who knew you best.
I asked Phillip what prompted this piece and he said…
Because summer, in Australia, falls over the change from one year to the next, it has assumed an importance for me as a time to reflect on the preceding year, and on the friends and friendships of previous years. This is why I wrote “On Summer”, and why (in part) it would be a good, seasonal fit for New Year’s Eve.
Phillip added that it would also allow my readers in the Northern hemisphere the defamiliarisation inherent in that idea, of summer in Australia as the time for Christmas and New Year, and for the shift from the old year to the new.
Thank you, Phillip, I loved that, and it was great to have you back.
Phillip A. Ellis is a freelance critic, poet and scholar, and his poetry collection, The Flayed Man, has been published by Gothic Press; Gothic Press will also edit a collection of essays on Ramsey Campbell, that he is editing with Gary William Crawford. He is working on another collection, to appear through Diminuendo Press. Another collection has been accepted by Hippocampus Press, which has also published his concordance to the poetry of Donald Wandrei. He is the editor of Melaleuca. He has recently had Symptoms Positive and Negative, a chapbook of poetry about his experiences with schizophrenia, published by Picaro Press.
Phillip can be found at The Cruellest Month: http://the-cruellest-month.blogspot.com, and
Symptoms Positive and Negative: https://sites.google.com/site/symptomspositiveandnegative.
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