quantum sheep - the poems (selection from possible 80 billion +)
Original starting poem:
Clouds graze the sky: below,
sheep drift gentle over fields,
soft mirrors, warm white snow.
Some variations created by sheep:
Snow clouds the sky over
gentle fields; sheep graze, soft
mirrors below drift warm, white.
Warm drift, graze gentle, white
below the sky, soft sheep mirrors fields,
snow clouds over.
Sheep below: over, drift soft snow
clouds. Warm mirrors graze white fields,
the sky gentle.
Why not make your own!
quantum sheep from 2002: some highlights.
Dec. 2002: first sheep sprayed at White House Farm, nr Morpeth. Arts Council funded. Media frenzy world-wide including coverage by 5 TV channels (on the day, more later), 19 radio stns (interviews and features), 13 periodicals, over 32 websites created. Interviewed live on BBC Radio 4's TODAY programme by John Humphrys. Many schools staged it with the children!
June 2003: second lot sprayed (after shearing), photographed.
Oct 2003: Featured on BBC Radio 4 for National Poetry Day, which was also featured on Pick of the Week, and then Pick of the Year.
2006: My poetry collection QUANTUM SHEEP published, including the poems.
2008: featured in PHYSICS WORLD.
2009: Asked by BBC to create new quantum haiku for documentary with Griff Rhys Jones & live at Royal Festival Hall. (Beachballs!)
(Became part of many Twitter convos, still going to this day!)
2012: published in ADVENTURES IN FORM, major acclaimed anthology from Penned in the Margins, ed. Tom Chivers. Singled out in review by Times Literary Supplement. Used by the Poetry School as an online workshop.
(this is far from an exhaustive list!)