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Poem on a Tea Towel

My poem Charmouth Beach

recognises the revelatory nature of the fossils of Lyme Bay, the extraordinary remains and their role in forcing a rethink of creation and history. It is indebted to and follows some themes from . . .

Matthew Arnolds lyric poem from 1850

"Dover Beach"

is the 5th most requested poem on Radio 4.

It is partly about the anxiety the Victorians felt for religion in the face of scientific advances 20 years after the Voyage of the Beagle.

The "Sea of Faith" receding from Britain's shores, while the cliffs of Dover stand firm.

 

 

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Poem on a Tea Towel

Ammonite

Mary Anning 1799-1847

was an English fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist who became known around the world for important finds she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis in the county of Dorset

A film has been made of her life and work starring Kate Winslett, due for release in 2020

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The Baking Bread Tea Towel references

the popular TV series Breaking Bad.

Anagrams of each other, one is a laudable calling, the other not.

An added layer of irony is that a Tea Towel is a totem of domestic harmony, contrasting with the venal criminality of the TV series. 

Technical bits;   The Tea Towels are designed by me and printed in the UK

on 100% premium cotton, Hemmed 4 sides finishing a generous 75 x 47cm

Delivered in a small cardboard box 16 x 24 x 2cm

 

Price  £7  each, excluding postage/delivery etc