Monday, 16 May 2011

Creature Feature (3): Tiger, Tiger

'In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?'
William Blake

Helen Calcutt and Peter Tinkler's Tiger, Tiger site is growing in leaps and bounds (if you will excuse the pun). The exciting news is that the project has now linked up with the Born Free Foundation, thanks to the support and involvement of Richard Bonfield, BFF Poet-in-Residence.

If you would like your creative 'tiger' work to be considered for the Tiger, Tiger project, you will come across the guidelines here

There are a number of pieces up on the site, so do take time to have a browse. You will find creative contributions from the following:

Helen Calcutt | David Calcutt | Richard Bonfield | Anna-Louise Pickering | Sarah James | Julie Boden | Ruth Stacey | Vera Franklin | Rosemary A Bach-Holzer | Saba Zai |  Nita Lewsey | Jackie Fallows | Jenny Hope | Rosemarie Rowley | Siobhan Harper | Jacqui Rowe | Janet Smith | Lucy Jeynes | Gareth Partington  ...

I also have two Tiger, Tiger poems on the site, which ... you can read here -
  • by scrolling down for 'Isabella ...'* and 
  • by clicking on my name, Caroline Gill, for 'Muffled Drum'.
It is a sad fact that there are probably only around 3500 tigers in the wild in our world today. You can read about the Born Free Foundation's concern for this amazing wild cat here.

* This poem was first published in Reach Poetry (ed. Ronnie Goodyer and Dawn Bauling, IDP). 


flyingtofu said...

A Japanese artist-designer, the late Tiger Tateishi probably did the most creative tigers anywhere ever -- you can see heavenly bodies (saturn crescent moon etc) coming out a tiger's mouth and a stripe hanging up a tiger cub on a branch and rings spiraling off tails etc. Much of his work would be ideal for hypershort animation (my term for a genre that would already exist were computer people more hands-on). Thanks for the mention of my book Rise, Ye Sea Slugs! First time I know by a fellow Gill.

Crafty Green Poet said...

It's tragic that we seem unable to preserve tigers in the wild.

I sent something to the project ages ago and never heard back.