In April this year I was asked by Rupert Loydell to contribute to a gathering of poems about the ‘Cocaine Hippos’ of Colombia, and to help the invitees, he sent this wonderful link:
I thought it only fair (and interesting) to link to the whole project as it appears, every few days, on Stride:
7 #1: Thirteen Ways of Writing About a Hippo: Eric Eric Cocaine Hippos 1: Thirteen Ways of Writing About a Hippo | Stride magazine
Sept 9 #2: dead on the road: Geoff Sutton: Cocaine Hippos 2: dead on the road to Colombia | Stride magazine
Sept 11 #3: Wildlife Sanctuary: Rupert Loydell (our editor): Cocaine Hippos 3: Wildlife Sanctuary | Stride magazine
Sept 13 #4: Dead or Alive: Mélisande Fitzsimons: Cocaine Hippos 4: Dead or Alive | Stride magazine
Sept 15: #5: Hippos on Cocaine (visual poems): Mike Ferguson: Cocaine Hippos 5: Hippos on Cocaine | Stride magazine
Sept 17 #6: poem #02-12-1993: Blossom Hibbert: Cocaine Hippos 6: poem #02-12-1993 | Stride magazine
Sept 19 #7: The Paradox Engine / Sober Noises of Morning: Andrew Darlington: Cocaine Hippos 7: The Paradox Engine/Sober Noises of Morning | Stride magazine
Sept 21 #8: boy says nothing: Charlie Baylis: Cocaine Hippos 8: boy says nothing | Stride magazine
Sept 23 #9: Magdalena: Andrew Taylor: Cocaine Hippos 9: Magdalena | Stride magazine
Sept 25: #10: Humans Into Animals: Rupert Loydell (our editor, again, and it's a good one): Cocaine Hippos 10: Humans Into Animals | Stride magazine
It's my poem on Wednesday, then it's farewell to these happy hippos...
Sept 27 #11: ‘A Kink in the Anthropocene’; that’s my poem. And it’s last, so please come back, if you’re looking at this before September 27!
Watch a clip from CBS News about them. (The ‘Rhino News’ in my poem is a hint at a rather different US ‘news’ network.)
Locating friend of the hippo Robert Sheppard: email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.robertsheppard.weebly.com Follow on Twitter: Robert Sheppard (@microbius) / Twitter latest blogpost: www.robertsheppard.blogspot.com