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TITLE
'Lapwings Against Cloud on Hecla'
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_DAVID_KNOWLES_02
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
David Knowles
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1283
KEYWORDS
poems
audio
literary landscapes

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'This poem was written at the end of a fishless day after sea trout on South Uist. It is literally about the ability to identify a bird in flight by the nature of its flight, the beat of the wing. Perhaps it also says something about the way small packets of information can communicate meaning.

Lapwings Against Cloud on Hecla.

Downsun from sunset
small flock of aldiss lamps
tapping out
blinking out of battleship grey
at this, their frequency and pause
wings high before beating
their message. Just this
is lapwing, over.
This is lapwing, over.
This is lapwing.'


David Knowles has recently retired from a 26-year career in the RAF as a Tornado bomber pilot. He is director of the independent publishing company, Two Ravens Press.

David read philosophy and physics at Oxford before applying for officer training with the RAF. By the 1990s he was patrolling the southern no-fly zones around Kuwait. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a mission on the first night of the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, when, short of fuel and heavily laden with bombs, he came under enemy fire but completed the mission before landing on a small desert airstrip. He made the decision to retire in the post-Iraq period.

David has been writing poetry since his days at boarding school in Wales. His collection, 'Meeting the Jet Man' (2008) covers the whole of his RAF career. It is his way of recording and communicating his experiences. Today, he lives on, and works, a small croft near Ullapool where his primary concerns are poetry writing, publishing, philosophy, and looking after his sheep.

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'Lapwings Against Cloud on Hecla'

2000s

poems; audio; literary landscapes

Am Baile

Literary Landscapes: David Knowles

'This poem was written at the end of a fishless day after sea trout on South Uist. It is literally about the ability to identify a bird in flight by the nature of its flight, the beat of the wing. Perhaps it also says something about the way small packets of information can communicate meaning.<br /> <br /> Lapwings Against Cloud on Hecla.<br /> <br /> Downsun from sunset<br /> small flock of aldiss lamps<br /> tapping out<br /> blinking out of battleship grey<br /> at this, their frequency and pause<br /> wings high before beating<br /> their message. Just this<br /> is lapwing, over.<br /> This is lapwing, over.<br /> This is lapwing.'<br /> <br /> <br /> David Knowles has recently retired from a 26-year career in the RAF as a Tornado bomber pilot. He is director of the independent publishing company, Two Ravens Press. <br /> <br /> David read philosophy and physics at Oxford before applying for officer training with the RAF. By the 1990s he was patrolling the southern no-fly zones around Kuwait. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a mission on the first night of the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, when, short of fuel and heavily laden with bombs, he came under enemy fire but completed the mission before landing on a small desert airstrip. He made the decision to retire in the post-Iraq period.<br /> <br /> David has been writing poetry since his days at boarding school in Wales. His collection, 'Meeting the Jet Man' (2008) covers the whole of his RAF career. It is his way of recording and communicating his experiences. Today, he lives on, and works, a small croft near Ullapool where his primary concerns are poetry writing, publishing, philosophy, and looking after his sheep.