by Terence Dackombe It’s a fairly safe bet that man has been drafting poetry from the very first stages of evolution. We can go back as far as the Epic of Gilgamesh because the Sumarians had the tidy idea of committing the work to tablets of stone.
These days poets arrive at church halls and community centres with their work safely stored in a notebook in their pocket, or, if they are under 75 years old, they may even bring an iPad from which to read their wordplay. Let us spare a thought for those poor Sumarians who, in 2000BC, had to lug their work around in wheelbarrows. The insurance costs must have been prohibitive.