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Silver Branch: bardic poems & letters to a young bard

by Kevan Manwaring

CONTENTS LIST

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Foreword by Caitlín Matthews

 

Preface

 

Speak Like Rain: letters to a young bard

 

Early Poems

Blessings of the Silver Branch                                                

I Am, My Dear Mary

The Bard’s Prayer

The Child of Everything

Thirty

Phone Tree

Roaming Home

The Ruin

Roebuck in a Thicket

 

Bio*Wolf

 

Spring Fall: the story of Sulis and Bladud of Bath     

The Solace of Sulis

Awakening the King

 

Green Fire

Pagan Creed

The Bride of Spring

The Wheel of the Rose

Blessed Is the Mother

Birds of Rhiannon

Merry Maiden

The Winning of Spring

Maid Flower Bride

One with the Land

Heart Wood

In the Name of the Sun

Praise Song for a Lost Festival

Ancestral Mariner

Last Orders for John Barleycorn

Summer’s Wake

The Enchantment of Merlin

Wild Hunt

Wolf in the City

The Wicker Man

The Battle for the Trees

All Heal

Heather’s Spring

The Prophets of Los

Sunrise Praise

 

Dragon Dance

 

The Taliesin Soliloquies

Ceridwen

Tegid Foel

Creirwy

Afaggdu

Gwion Bach

Morda

Hare

Greyhound

Salmon

Otter

Wren

Hawk

Grain of Wheat

Black Hen

Twice-Born

Elphin

Gwyddno

Maelgwyn

Eurgain

Rhun and the Ring

Taliesin

Prayer for Awen

 

Thirteen Treasures

Born of the People’s Strength

The Green Abbey

Memory Wood

Cooildarry

On Malvern Hills

On Ventry Sands

Prydwen and the Cauldron

The Red Lady

The Chair of the Sea

Thirteen Treasures

 

House of the Moon

 

Waking the Night

Moon Bathing

Looking Back

You Are Everywhere I Look

Your Love

Let Love Be Our River

 

Breaking Light

 

The Secret Commonwealth

A Midsummer Summoning

The Three Sisters

The Castle of Love

Crows in the Willows

The Morning Song

Blood Red Moon

Two Foxes

Schiehallion

Old Friend

Follow the Sun Road Home

Those Who Have Gone

 

The Love of the Land

Dragons of War

Song of the North Wind

A Steampunk Manifesto

Equinox Bridge

Walking to Maia

Eildon Tree

The Corvine Tree

Night Running

Walking to the Light

The Slumbering Bard

The Battle of Brunanburgh

Invocation to Brighid

The Hallows

Deep Peace

 

Notes on the Poems

 

The Shining Word

The Cauldron Born

Performance Poetry Tips

Performance Poetry Devices

Recommended Reading

 

Afterword