your verb is all water and light

My latest booklet, your verb is all water and light, is now available from Karen Little. It is a new project consisting of six poets, eight poems each, lovingly created by Karen with her amazing hand-drawn covers. All profits from this project are going to an animal shelter in Mexico. If you would like to purchase [...]

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The High Window

I'm delighted to have three poems included in the Autumn Issue of The High Window among the work of a host of great poets. Thanks to the editor, David Cooke. You can read the issue here.

Review of ‘Three Colours Grief’

Three Colours Grief was published 2 years ago by erbacce-press. Only now, thanks to Barton Smock, has it had its first review. The three colours represent the blood of the animals, the blackness of pollution, and nature's enduring life-force. You can read the review here.

ISACOUSTIC*

I'm delighted to have three poems published at isacoustic*. Still Life/ Whale was previously published in Erbacce Poetry Journal 50th Edition, although I've never been able to track down where you can buy a copy. Doubly lovely to be asked to submit by editor, Barton Smock, and to get paid for once! You can read the [...]

Poet Gillian Prew — grievous canticles

Thanks, Tim Buck.

Spectral Lyre

When I encounter a poem with lines having a subtle quality of chant, I’m able to leave the ordinary behind for a little while. Ezra Pound was a master of lifting words on arcs of phrases, and this characteristic levitation of language made his poems extraordinary. That’s about form.

Pound respected poetry enough that he also wrote toward heightened substance. The quotidian — the personal fret, the plodding rumination — was brushed aside. In its place, were image-ideas floating on rarefied vapors of imagination and aesthetic delirium.

Form and substance. Lines bold beyond the dreariness of poorly disguised prose. Lines wild beyond the registration of prosaic thoughts and everyday experience.

Paul Celan was another poetic master of subtle chant and eccentric vision.

As is the poet Gillian Prew.

Here’s a link to her poem “Sequence after Celan” — Poethead Blog.

In her poem, Prew’s lines call to Celan’s, which answer…

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Erbacce Poetry Journal 50th Edition

I was honoured to be one of the poets invited to contribute to this 50th issue of Erbacce Poetry Journal. We were asked to send a poem about something that we are passionate about - my poem is about a dying whale. At the moment I can't find a link to purchase a copy but [...]

Visual Verse

I have managed to write my first poem of the year thanks to Visual Verse. The poems haven't been coming for quite a while so hopefully this is a good sign. I'm looking to read some poets new to me this year so I'd be glad to hear recommendations from anyone reading this post. You [...]

Zoomorphic Magazine

I'm very pleased to have a small bird poem, imaginatively titled 'Small Bird Poem', in issue 6 of Zoomorphic Magazine. They've held onto it for quite a while and can be found in my collection, A Wound's Sound (Oneiros Books, 2014). Many thanks to editors, Susan Richardson and James Roberts.

John Swain – One Poem

  I am delighted to be a sharing a beautiful poem by American poet, John Swain. He brings nature to a new life. Below the Greenstone Asleep in the cove while the moose bellow and clash antlers snapping the fir trees. Rock coast and rocks fall down the basalt wet with lake spray, I follow, [...]

Marion McCready – One Poem

I'm really pleased to be able to share a poem by Scottish poet, Marion McCready, first published in Paris Lit Up Magazine in 2015. Marion's collection 'Tree Language' won the 2013 Melita Hume Prize, awarded by Eyewear Publishing. You can purchase it here.   Rose Hips and Thistles It's been a long Indian summer and [...]

Kate O’Shea – Three Poems

I recently opened up my blog to the work of other poets and the first I am delighted to feature is Irish poet, Kate O'Shea. My hope is to explore what other poets are writing about the environment, nature and animal issues. These three poems of Kate's are rooted beautifully in nature. Pointlessness Here is the entreaty to those [...]