First Words May in Cullercoats Sun bleaches the day A herring gull wheels lit wingtips as shadows yawn across the beach ushering picnickers to warm pockets of sand Something between memory and life midway of reality and dream important as blood bleeds so many years later It’s all there Sea-splashed children running cold towards radiant mothers ready with cuddling towels the disembodied cry of seabirds Everything possessing a past and a future for reconstruction in so many ways for so many reasons That day arrives again and again Ric Hool
A note on this poem by Ric Hool
Holding the ground called Cullercoats is a personal priority. That it is held in thought, poem, song, conversation, pictures, and friendships is illustrative of the residual impact it has had and continues to have on my life.
This is not nostalgia. That would be a limiting and blunt way to explore the elasticity of time; the non-linear complexity of time.
The poem’s title First Words points to an appreciation of the language at hand in a childhood activity: a day at the beach. A language not only arriving in spoken words but also in the ambient sounds of nature and through primary experiences.
Witnessing families on Cullercoats beach a few years ago an anoetic event was later turned in this poem.
Ric Hool was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya and raised in Cullercoats, Northumberland, moved to Wales in 1990 after several years in Hastings and five years journeying the islands and mainland of Spain.
Poetic themes are the psychological and geographical impact of place and space on the human experience. Water is a theme, poured from place to place and from experience to experience: an agent of informing.
Whilst resident in Wales has established writing credentials by way of ten published collections of poetry; as a reviewer of poetry in magazines; a creative writing tutor for various literature projects.
Has organized he poetry reading series, Upstairs at the Hen & Chicks, for 24 years.
Between So Many Words (Red Squirrel Press 2016)
Hut (Wooden Head Press 2016)
A Way of Falling Upwards (Cinnamon Press 2014)
Selected Poems (Red Squirrel Press 2013)
No Nothing (The Collective Press, 2009)
Voice from a Correspondent (Collective Press, 2001)
The Bridge (Collective Press, 2000)
Making It (Collective Press, 1998)
Tilt (Collective Press 1996)
Fitting in with Malcolm (WYSIWYG Chapbooks, 1994)
Links to books and reviews