Poetry – Boy Basset and his Monument

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This month Bert Biscoe returns with ‘Boy Basset and his Monument’, a touching poem about Francis Basset, 1st Baron de Dunstanville, and the Basset Memorial on Carn Brea which was dedicated to him following his death.

 

 

If you enjoyed Bert’s poem, you can read more of our Cornish themed poems here. Join us next month for the next offering in our poetry series.

Vyager gans Geryow (Bert Biscoe) lives in Truro. He is a poet and songwriter whose work draws on his interests in history, politics, social justice and language. He represents the people of Boscawen Division on Cornwall Council. The Division was formerly called ‘Moresk’ – an unbroken link from civic administration to the hurried escape of Tristan and Iseult from the vengeful wrath of King Mark – Bert tries to invest Cornish values into the demand of modern life. His work is fun, and best read aloud – which he does whenever the opportunity arises, especially with fellow Cornish poet, Pol Hodge. ‘Living in Trurra’ he says ‘means that there is a constancy of running water beneath your feet – there are two clocks which ring the hours dissonantly and out of step – a good environment for poems to flourish in the cracks and shadows. Nowadays, the mullet listen attentively in the lee of the Old Bridge’.

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