Biography of Clive Blake
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'Ten of the Best Poets of 2013'
Clive is often referred to as ‘Cornish Poet Clive Blake’, which reflects the fact that he is intensely proud of both his Cornish and Celtic ancestry. An internet search of ‘Cornish Poet’, setting the search options to ‘Images’, will find many examples of his work, especially ‘phoetry’. Clive invented the term ‘phoetry’, meaning a fusion of poetry and photography, in 1994. This concept has struck an inspirational chord with many in the art world and has been used, built upon and extended, by many.
He enjoys sharing his poetry in a variety of formats, particularly performing his poetry under the banner of ‘Clive Live’. Clive says, “When members of the audience say that they don’t think of themselves as poetry lovers, but have really enjoyed my performance, I consider my goal achieved. Mine is a constant search to make poetry accessible to a wider audience.”
His performances are mainly confined to Cornwall, but he has a large international following of his written work. His poem ‘Wedding Vows” is fast becoming an international favourite and has been used in ceremonies all over the world.
He also enjoys acting, writing plays and Hospital and Community Radio. He and his wife Stephanie present a regular show on CHBN Radio.
Clive Blake's Works:
'View Points and Points of View' a full-color, hardback 'Phoetry Book'. Clive came up with the 'Phoetry' concept in the early 1990s, and describes it as a fusion of poetry and photography.
This book was published in 2009 and subsequently led to the creation of a CD and a DVD based on the sixty poems and photographs contaibed in it. Ross Blewett produced a n App suitable for iPhones and iPads called Phoetry1Free in 2014. This is a free to download App that basically reproduces the original View Points and Points of View book plus adding the voice of the poet reading all of the poems.
Clive Blake Poems
Dear Lord, Don't let me ask only for myself, For problems solved and better health, Nor ask only for kin and friends,
Let Me Sail Away Forever
Let me sail away forever, Let me cast off from the shore, Let the swirling mists engulf me, Till reality rules no more,
May we forever be lovers, May we forever be friends, And should we hurt each other, May we quickly make amends.
The Age Of Innocence
The age of innocence, A daughter we adore, Long hot summer days, A toddler only four.
Charlotte Dymond (Dymond -A Girl's Worst...
In early eighteen-forty-four, In Cornwall's heart; on Bodmin Moor, Charlotte Dymond, a young farm maid, Had her throat slit with a steel blade,
In The Quiet Of The Night
In the quiet of the night, Where darkness steals the need for sight, When most are asleep, I lie awake, Waiting for the dawn to break,
To Have And To Hold
Confused by DVD interactivity, Lost in soulless Internet chatrooms, Spied on by precision satellites, Tracked down by mobile phone texters,
One Day I Dreamed
One day I dreamed … There was no longer any 'Third World', Just a united 'First', Famine clearly vanquished forever,
Coastline, rocky, rugged, proud, Crumbling cliffs in ozone shroud, Sun-kissed drifts of desert sand, Golden frame of a sea cradled land.
Don't see only our disabilit-ease, Don't deny us basic facilit-ease, Don't ignore our many abilit-ease, Don't compound our varied difficult-ease,
Christmas Family Dinner -Extended Versio...
'Is there anyone for stuffing? Well done George, send us down your plate, Auntie, if you've finished with the cranberry sauce Could you please pass it across to Kate? '
Who Is That Strange Old Man?
I'm staring at this old man, The old man's staring back, His eyes are dull and misty, His skin is weathered and slack,
Alive And With Medals
He stared at his war medals; As bright as when first minted, His own lustre - long since tarnished; Only tear-filled-eyes now glinted!
Don't let me ask only for myself,
For problems solved and better health,
Nor ask only for kin and friends,
With minor ills and moral trends,
But make me think in global terms,
Where drought kills and injustice burns,
Please tend to their greater needs first,
Help heal their wounds and quench their thirst,