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A poem for Alwyn Marriage

This poem was in an environmental anthology published by Offa’s Press. A great book, despite its name.. it’s called “We’re all in this together”   Salp Not an acronym not an imagined science fiction but a transparent tubular barrel salp lives in every sea One to ten centimetres long in swarms or as solo salp contracts […]

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A Poem for Emma Purshouse

Here is a poem I started as  William G shut the front door behind him, having stayed overnight with us in May 2014.This final draft I completed on New Years Day 2015. Tom W was staying with us too – but he got pushed out of the poem unfortunately ! John is of course really Gian […]

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A poem for Thirza Clout

A love story of sorts When Cupid struck his arrow hurt like hell; it tore my flesh and pierced right through my heart – but I was glad for you were there, and so when you proposed, I thought we’d never part. Some virgin snowdrops delicately sway upon the breeze that brings the early sun. […]

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Jonathan Davidson – new poetry book

Having pre-arranged a place and time with him, Jonathan Davidson surreptitiously passes me a copy of his new book. I imagined its brown paper wrapper, it turns out. Money exchanges hands I scarper before he changes his mind … I don’t know if you have read Jonathan’s Smith/ Doorstop 2011 collection EARLY TRAIN ? It is […]

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Read John Siddique !

I’m probably the last to arrive at the John Siddique party…. He is described by The Spectator Magazine as “A Stellar Poet”. The Times of India describes him as “Rebellious by nature, pure at heart.” Jackie Kay describes his writing as “A brilliant, balancing act”. He has numerous awards, honours and fellowships. … thanks to Emma […]

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