cat eyes and the tragedy of mother

Could I marry these two sharp silences? These yellow balls that burn in stare and purr beneath deep where the world is simple. Are they cat eyes or a brace of griefs fresh from the hunter’s recreation? Will they say, I do? Two ochre brides with their black faces and their undercurrent of woe. Cat [...]


September Poem

It would have been my parents' 50th wedding anniversary today. September 4th (someone’s wedding anniversary)   The graveyard has no heart or history                       a terrible now of poor hours              of sidelined souls.   I am frantic with disquiet and sudden memory                     dreaming of him              younger           his eye falling on other flowers pink poppies                all [...]

April Poems

Leaving April Woman, willow-stooped and worm-wed, her voice spilt shadow, leaving April in soured knots and velvet. Sad-burst, her bluebell breasts they fade forgetting her silence and her song. Too pink, her buds for blooming too late to die. Farewell, her dumb sun on a child wind, the rising of dusty muscle her dry water [...]

March Poems

March Morning Out of winter, grief-dusted and new sun, March morning tears hyacinths from the sky. I rise, bright-boned and rotted bud, sick of myself, of love, of blood. I rub red writing onto my skin.        I am not dead just numb and a fist, a balcony’s edge where the bride waves thin, all [...]


A summary of my year in poetry: I was very pleased to have 29 poems published. The year started with a poem in Helen Ivory's excellent 'ink sweat & tears' and finished with three in Josephine Corcoran's equally excellent 'And Other Poems'. I was especially pleased to be included in 2 Scottish e-zines, 'The Open [...]

Throats Full of Graves: A Review

I am very grateful to Barton Smock for his thoughtful review of Throats Full of Graves which you can read at his blog kingsoftrain. You can also read it at his ezine Pornsad, both places worthy of a visit in their own right. You can purchase the book from Lapwing Publications Store. Signed copies are also [...]

‘Of Luminous Bones’ & ‘A Gentle Nihilism’

I am very pleased to say that 'Throats Full of Graves' is now available for purchase through Lapwing Publications website. In addition, I have received two wonderful reviews of the book. The first is from the Irish poet, Chris Murray, and you can read it at her website Poethead. I enjoyed very much her eloquent reaction [...]