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The Last Bee - Brian Bilston

Today is World Bee Day, and I’m sharing a bee poem with you :) Do have a look at this fantastic video about bees and the ecosystem to understand these magical creatures better. Also shoutout to Poetly’s favourite honey gatherers Vriksha Honey.

Brian Bilston’s poetry floats with a kind of tongue-in-cheek madness subverting poetic form and creating a niche space in this visually saturated social media trigger-happy universe. From his website:

‘Brian Bilston is a laureate for our fractured times, a wordsmith who cares deeply about the impact his language makes as it dances before our eyes.’ - Ian McMillan

Frequently described as the “Poet Laureate of Twitter”, Brian Bilston is a poet clouded in the pipe smoke of mystery. Very little is known about him other than the fragments of information revealed on social media: his penchant for tank tops, his enjoyment of Vimto, his dislike of Jeremy Clarkson.

In 2014 he became the first person to retain the title of Pipe Smoker of the Year [Poetry section] and, over the years, he has won numerous awards for cycling proficiency, first aid, and general tidiness. He won the 2015 Great British Write Off poetry prize for a poem disguised in a Venn diagram.

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