Manjusvara – how you will be missed! I’m almost dumb that you have gone from us.
I’ve been going through notes taken as you gave a talk at Dhanakosa in 2002 during a ‘Wolf At The Door’ writing retreat.
You spoke to an enraptured audience:
‘Poetry is an attempt to bring the past alive into the present.
‘I like to set poems in the present tense and so take us across time.
‘What drives me in poetry is music; I am, in that way, a composer.
‘I’m prepared to sacrifice meaning for music.
‘I give you a koan. Ask yourself: Can I find rest in the things I do?’
And finally, you declared:
‘I truly believe in rebirth’.

About Harry Nicholson

I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. I write a few poems and short stories. There is an eBook anthology of them, 'Green Linnet' on Amazon. Also a novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' I've a blog of poems, stories and art at:
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6 Responses to Manjusvara

  1. Maria Jose says:

    I have been looking for a place to contact with Manjusvara, because I have to tell you something, not very brightly I know, I’ll get better:

    My friend

    Today the sky seems covered by
    a pile of old grey knickers,
    my friend died

    My friend who had an elegant mind
    and a delicate heart,
    my delicate friend

    My friend who was an inspired musician,
    a graceful man,
    my graceful friend

    My friend who had a robust pen
    made of poetry,
    my poetic friend

    Today the sky is bright blue,
    but hidden behind the sharp emptiness
    of this bleak news.

  2. Anne Aylor says:

    I, too, had the joy and pleasure of studying with Manjusvara and mourn his too-early passing. This hieroglyphic inscription was carved on the oldest known pyramid: ‘The doors of the sky are thrown open for you.’ Manjusvara, we hold you in our hearts. Travel well . . .

  3. Mike Patrick says:

    Your notes tell as much about the student as the teacher.

  4. vivinfrance says:

    Your emotion is palpable in what you write.

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