Excerpt and Collaboration Tuesday – When I was One-and-Twenty – Housman

poetryI am thrilled to present today’s post: an illustration of A.E. Housman’s famous poem, “When I was One-and-Twenty,” drawn and composed by Mr. Geo Kalpataru. Geo’s style is vibrant, imaginative, and almost Dr. Seussian. His blog, geo.kalpataru, features his colorful artwork and poetry – check it out! You can find the full text of A.E. Housman’s poem here. Enjoy!



  1. Geo’s link brought me to your page. And I am following your page now.

    Excellent work you two. When I look at the picture I’m sensing spiritual connections, poetic cinema, surrealism blossoming creative energy to the world and healing it from its damage.

    You have have brought something special in my heart with this beautiful masterpiece of art. 🙂


    1. Thank you so much! And welcome! I am loving your descriptions of the work – especially “poetic cinema” – that’s fantastic. I am so glad that Geo has introduced us, I am following your blog. I really like the fact your L.A. roots come through your poems. I have been reading and discussing some of Bukowski’s work here, and so have the idea of a Los Angeles aesthetic on my mind. I look forward to more of your poems!

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      1. Thank you so much. 🙂

        Well, believe it or not, I am not a fan of Bukowski’s work. I tried getting into his poetry so many years. And every time I try to read his poems I end up putting it down or I put it back in the shelf. I can’t get into him. I know he wrote a lot about L.A. but I’m not into his work. I’m sorry.

        My L.A. roots are very odd and strangely not from this planet.

        I aim to be diverse in all my poems. I hate L.A. even though I live here. There’s so many things I hate about living here.

        As you read more of my poems you’ll get a sense that I’m not from this planet. 🙂


      2. It is my pleasure. No need to apologize re: Bukowski – he is certainly a particular flavor and I did not really appreciate any of his work until recently. I am definitely not one to argue about L.A., I too grew up there, but I left a long time ago and have not lived there since. My memories of it grow fonder with time…but when I return to visit and sit in mind-numbing traffic, roasting on freeway asphalt, then I remember why I left!! 😉
        The best kind of poems are one that come from other planets/worlds/ways of thinking – so I am intrigued!

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