dedicated blogsite to Dave Wood's participatory poetry project in Northern Ireland. Started late August and finishing September 2004, it does a compare and contrast with previous visits 1988 - 1998. Also see

22 Dec 2004

just here

belfast city library

here at last
(excuse the typos)
i have just one hour
on the net

i won't go into the nitty gritty
(checking the gas umpteen times)
leaving the flat

my mate margaret giving me
a donation toward the project

but the wait
the wait
the wait

bmi bmi baby - ohohoh
have they never thought
of that as a catchy song they use?

if they're out there
and they use the idea
i want free flights for a year

you listening baby?

poems from the notebook
will have to be posted tomorrow
or at the end of this if i get the chance
or at my guests
och - o i don't know

belfast is like nottingham
lots of shops that have become
unmpteen symbols of how we now live

i remember how macdonalds hardly
existed in northern ireland

then they all sprang up -
sides of motorways to start with
then they must have had some kind
of reproductive frenzy

now - in belfast -
o supersize someone else please do

but it's strange how the streets
had obviously dug hold of me

the h and w
the water
the signs for newcastle
on the one way system
which had the map twisting
in my lap

and in my sleep

since my visit
all those years ago
some things stay the same

within five minutes
i ask three times
where's the library
three different accents

each as soft as the others

i'll be sending snail mail cards out soon

50p each - treat them like gold

i have left my copy of over nine waves at home (sulk)