Mike in Finland

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Readings of some poems from Midas Touch

I´ve uploaded two videos of me reading poems from my collection, Midas Touch. These poems are on YouTube as well. I plan to add some more poems in the future and also an excerpt from my novel, The Finn´s Tale.

Claire Clairmont and Allegra

Claire Clairmont was briefly the lover of the poet, Lord Byron and Allegra was their daughter. Allegra died at the age of five. Claire later lived with Percy Shelley and his wife, Mary Shelley. It is not known whether Claire and Percy were lovers but there is no doubt that she loved him. The shawl referred to in the poem was a gift from Percy to Claire. After Percy´s death Claire spent many years living in Russia and other countries.

Two Poems From Finland

The second video should interest blog readers in Finland as it includes the two poems from Finland that make up the prologue to Midas Touch, Winter Swans and Family.

I hope you enjoy listening to these poems. Do leave comments if you feel inclined.


  1. These are wonderful! I bet they took a lot of time to do, but I'm glad you did it.

  2. Thanks, Sue. I´m glad you liked them.

  3. It was so lovely to listen to these. It's always that little bit different hearing a poem in the poet's voice and these poems filmed alone really seem to get that inner voice across. Always interesting to have a little peek into each person's home too!

  4. I glad you enjoyed them, Adele. And yes, you can see a couple of Estonia ceramics on the bookcase behind me and a bit of one of my dad paintings.