Although the processes of archaeology and poetry may seem worlds apart, they share many similarities. Archaeology makes the past present; poetry makes the past as experienced by somebody else present for the reader.
|The Lansdown Poetry workshop at the site. Credit: Diane Taylor 2017|
When asked which elements of archaeology they found the be the most interesting many of the poets, such as Tim Burroughs, noted the paradox of archaeology - the destruction of history to better understand and record it. Martin Rieser also commented on the artefacts and layering of history in the trench. Some, as will be seen, were interested in the notion of 'the uncanny,' while others have been captivated by the reality of past lives that archaeological excavation can bring to the surface.
Over the next few posts we will be sharing poems written by the Lansdown poetry workshop that were inspired by the excavations and archaeology of Berkeley. Some of these poems are still in draft form; they will be subjected to their own complex processes as they are reworked and rewritten.
|Robert Beavis showing finds to the poets. Credit: Diane Taylor 2017.|