About Otwituaries


I started tweeting these poetic obituaries via Twitter on the death of Ernest Borgnine in July 2012. After a while a friend asked if I would gather them together, so I have created this blog as an archive. New Otwituaries will appear here as well as being broadcast via Twitter and Facebook.


All the Otwituaries are written very quickly on the day their subjects pass away, so are maybe a little lacking in polish, but they are all from the heart. They represent the people who have, in some way, touched my life - actors, sportsmen and women, TV personalities, writers, musicians and explorers. These people are already immortal, and therefore don't need my help, but I hope you enjoy reading these short poetic sketches all the same.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Brian Rix - d. August 20th 2016

A door closes
behind a departing seraph.
You burst in
through a different door,
bent halo, wings askew,
raiment round your ankles.




Saturday, 13 August 2016

Kenny Baker - d. August 13th 2016

In the cosmic hereafter
the voice, the face
will be your own.
Metal will become flesh,
the machine, a man.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Chiyonofuji - d. 31st July 2016

In the sumo ranks 
of the imagination
some rikishi stand 
even above yokozuna.
See, beyond 
the horizontal rope:
The Wolf in wolf's clothing.

Read about Chiyonofuji here


Monday, 25 July 2016

Marni Nixon - d. July 24th 2016

Others were feathered
by Costume
gilded by Makeup
fixed in time by the lens
but when they opened 
their mouths
it was you, it was you.

Read about Marni Nixon here


Sunday, 17 July 2016

Alan Vega - d. July 16th 2016


They say
prophets go unrecognised,
particularly in New York. 
The truth?
Frankie Teardrop died
and America is still
killing its youth.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Robin Hardy - d. July 2nd 2016

Where you are going
the crops do not fail,
the sun does not set.
We kept our appointment;
it is time to keep yours.

Read about Robin Hardy here


Caroline Aherne - d. July 2nd 2016

Dead my arse!
She looked alright to me
down the Feathers last week
Who's that ringing so late?
Someone at the gate
Get that will you, our Gabriel

Read about Caroline Aherne here




Thursday, 30 June 2016

Gordon Murray - d. June 30th 2016

Here is the man
the Trumpton man
now lost in time
hopelessly
regrettably
fading too quickly
moving too slowly
now lost in time in Trumpton

Read about Gordon Murray here

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Scotty Moore - d. June 28th 2016

Nothing was all right
without you;
shoes were not blue,
the jailhouse was cold,
we played no Creole.
There was rock, 
but no roll.

Read about Scotty Moore here

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Wayne Jackson - d. June 21st 2016

You blew in, blew, blew out,
swallowed a soulfull of air,
breathed it out as funk
and stacks of unlickable licks.

Read about Wayne Jackson here

Monday, 13 June 2016

Janet Waldo - d. June 12th 2016

Hailp! Hailp!
Looks like it's too late
this time for lil ol' me.
Come now, fiendish death;
reveal your hooded claw.

Read about Janet Waldo here



Saturday, 4 June 2016

Muhammad Ali - d. June 4th 2016



Oh, you pretty thing!
Show us one more time
the thunder in your hands,
the lightning in your feet,
the defiance on your lips,
the poetry of victory.

read about Muhammad Ali here







Friday, 3 June 2016

Dave Swarbrick - d. June 3rd 2016

Who knows 
where the time went?
No-one here can tell.
The fiddle goes back 
into its case;
farewell, farewell.

Read about Dave Swarbrick here

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Carla Lane - d. May 31st 2016

From Scouse house
to middle class misfires, 
your tools of liberation
were nervous laughs,
weak men, soft jokes 
like the beating of tiny wings.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Burt Kwouk - d. May 24th 2016

Old Chinese proverb say
(though it could be Japanese)
No man can wear 
a million faces
but a million faces
can sometimes wear one

Read about Burt Kwouk here


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Prince - d. April 21st 2016

Tonight all the skies
are purple, peach and black.
You were not so much taken
as taken back.





Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Victoria Wood - d. April 20th 2016

Those angels. Just look;
lacy shifts and feathers.
At their age they should 
know better. Theda Bara
meets Violet Carson.
Black? Very slimming.

Read about Victoria Wood here

Friday, 15 April 2016

Phil Sayer - d. April 14th 2016

Platform 1 
for the 
[delayed]
20.16 
Arcadia Rail 
service to 
Petersgate

Please 
mind the gap 
between this life
and any
which might follow.



Thursday, 14 April 2016

Gareth Thomas - d. April 13th 2016

I heard rumours of death,
turned my ship 
to your last
confirmed sighting
standard by 12!
It's been 30 years
but stars don’t forget
men like you.


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Arnold Wesker - April 12th 2016

We're done with dumb,
accepting defeat,
with walking down
a no-way street, 
chips with every damn 
thing. We will come
out of the kitchen and eat.