a silent walk in remembrance of those affected by conflict
marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War
1 August, 2014, free, booking essential
a pair of poems will be read and poppy seeds scattered
memorial installation open from 2 August 2014
e.e. cummings ‘my sweet old etcetera’
Tin Moe 'Awake from a Homesick Dream'
my sweet old etcetera
aunt lucy during the recent
war could and what
is more did tell you just
what everybody was fighting
isabel created hundreds
hundreds )of socks not to
mention shirts fleaproof earwarmers
etcetera wristers etcetera, my
mother hoped that
i would die etcetera
bravely of course my father used
to become hoarse talking about how it was
a privilege and if only he
could meanwhile my
self etcetera lay quietly
in the deep mud et
cetera, of Your smile
eyes knees and of your Etcetera )
e.e. cummings (1894–1962)
from Awake from a Homesick Dream
The fluctuating graph
of my dream
deformed and curved
Wandering in Germany, England,
Belgium and Holland,
Have I become stateless?
I miss this, I miss that,
at each of life’s junctures
one thing today, one thing tomorrow
my mind dyed
a dull colour,
forests on fire,
my winter dreams
My own country without peace
I take refuge in other nations
How can I feel secure?
The path I believe
the door not yet ajar.
In my village, country
I would spread a mat
compose poems and read,
pick at tea leaf salad,
a life where I can do as I want.
When will my wish be fulfilled?
I search but I cannot see.
Tin Moe (1933–2007)
translated from the Burmese by Wai Yan Phone,
Violet Cho and David Gilbert
e.e. cummings (1894–1962)
Cummings is a singularly innovative poet: the idiomatically sparse precision of his poetry, the dynamism of its language and its frequent neologisms, are as well-received by avant-garde as traditional readers of poetry. In the First World War, Cummings volunteered for the ambulance service, and was stationed on the Franco-German border. During this time, he and fellow ambulance drivers played a game of sending provocative and veiled letters back to the US, which eventually lead to his being held in a French detention camp under suspicion of treason. He returned to New York, but was later drafted into the army, remaining in the USA. During the '20s and '30s Cummings traveled widely in Europe – including a trip to the Soviet Union in 1931 – as well as to North Africa and Mexico. He was later a supporter of anti-Communist Senator Joseph McCarthy.
‘my sweet old etcetera’
e e cummings, Complete Poems, (Livewright Classics, 2013)
Tin Moe (1933-2007)
Tin Moe started writing at an early age, reaching a high level of fame in his native Burma. His poetry is influenced by his politics, but its main focus is on the beauty of nature and everyday life in Burma. He was an active supporter in the 1980s of the pro-democracy movement, joining Aung San Suu Kyi's National Lead for Democracy. These political activities lead to his imprisonment between 1991 and 1995 by Burma's military government. His work was banned in Burma, and after his release from prison, Moe lived in political asylum in Europe and the US, never returning to his home country. He died in Los Angeles in 2007.
Tin Moe, ‘Awake from a Homesick Dream’, trans. Wai Yan, Violet Cho, David Gilbert
At Ormesby, there is a collection of the First World War poetry of Ruth Pennyman, whose husband, Lieutenant-Colonel Jim Pennyman, the owner of Ormesby, returned to the house from the Western Front having been severely wounded in action, but returned to the front after his recovery. The Pennymans were patrons of the arts in the Teeside area. Ruth wrote the libretto for Thomas Tippet’s first opera, Robin Hood, and many plays were staged at Ormesby. After travelling to Barcelona after the First World War she worked extensively with Basque refugees from the Spanish Civil War.
A circular walk from the memorial at Ormesby Hall to the memorial at Marton. The walk is guided by poet Ken Cockburn.
4 miles, duration approx 2 hours. The walk starts at 13:30pm.
Please wear sensible footwear and bring waterproofs in case of rain. Walks may take place on uneven ground and use stiles. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Entrance to Ormesby Hall,
© National Trust Images: Matthew Antrobus
Books in the library at Ormesby Hall, including Trotsky's 'Russian Revolution' and Webb's 'Soviet Communism',
© National Trust Images: John Hammond
A Trust New Art commission for National Trust, supported by Arts Council England