Lovely Jubilee 2020

I think everyone will agree that 2020 has been a bit of a difficult year for human beings on planet Earth. Now that it is coming to an end, it becomes possible to think about what it means. There is Read More …

Why this new (w)rapping? (Part 2 – memorable speech)

So, why do I think that rap is the new home of contemporary poetry? The famous 20th-century poet Wystan Hugh Auden memorably defined poetry as “memorable speech”. I think that is a good definition for a number of reasons. Firstly, Read More …

Why this new (w)rapping? (Part 1 – cultural estrangement)

Since you probably know me as a singer-songwriter / translator and this Global Village Bard blog as a song and poetry translation site, I thought I’d try to explain the new direction taken by my alter ego Thomas Riffmatch and Read More …

Rhyming Thomas & the Faery Queen | Томас Рифмач и Королева эльфов

Rhyming Thomas & the Faery Queen ‘Twas at the breaking of the day As wandered I in heartsome moan All in the merry month of May By Huntly Banks, myself alone. The chirping finch, the warbling thrush The blackbird trilling Read More …