Another of the highlights of my week in West Wales was visiting an exhibition of photographer Michael Jackson’s work at the Pendre Art Gallery in Cardigan. Between May 2007 and May 2008, he made regular pilgrimages to Poppit Sands to photograph the beach, primarily at sunset and low tide. A stunning collection of black and white images, capturing the changing light conditions, sand patterns and tide pool reflections, is the result.

I’ve often thought about doing a similar project through the medium of poetry – a series of pieces (haiku perhaps) inspired by a particular place over the period of a year. There are lots of landscapes that make me itch to do this – but unfortunately, they’re all a bit too far away from Cardiff for me to be able to make a daily, or at the very least, weekly, pilgrimage there! Even though Cardiff has lots of green spaces and beautiful parklands, I can’t summon up enough enthusiasm to focus so relentlessly on an urban landscape, so I guess this is a project that will have to go on hold for the time being.

3 responses to “A Year in the Life of …

  1. I have a fascination for coasts too. Part of it is the cliffs walks and bird watching and part of it is the constant changing of it with the tides, winds, seasons etc.

    See you all at a poets’ retirement home by the sea – but not for quite a few years yet!

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