Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmtDPbcyves for a new collection of 30 poems on mental distress. The video is a recording of my voice as I read each short poem. You can see the text of the poem onscreen at the same time.
It has taken several years to put the collection together. It was funded… Continue reading Poems for... Self at Sea
Reaching for words
is like searching the earth
and then shaping them
one after the other
into a path.
Your words took my breath away.
They killed me with their song.
They made my womb turn over.
Sing to me again.
The… Continue reading Sayings
Here I have collated various addresses I have come across or been sent during the past few weeks. They link to various initiatives and/or reflections which I find interesting and helpful, following the referendum decision and the course – “Brexit means Brexit” – which appears to have been set for our unknown destination on the… Continue reading Post "Brexit" Blues and Bubbling Ferments
During July, two articles by Andreas Whittam Smith appeared in The Independent newspaper on successive days. Here are the links to them: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/broken-democracy-spin-doctors-destroyed-uk-politics-theresa-may-repair-it-a7135146.html ; http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/fix-broken-democracy-smash-political-class-two-simple-things-a7137131.html
Whittam Smith co-founded The Independent and his two pieces are worth reading. They explore the Brexit campaign’s “victory” and contain proposals for starting a process of… Continue reading Democracy & the Lie: do they go hand in hand ?
I wish to report a strange man
of average height, indeterminate
skin colour but a knowing look
who sidled into town today
wearing an immaculate top hat
and shoddy trainers.
He said he was searching
for a convenient park
popular with the townspeople
where he could… Continue reading Report
Here in the UK, recent elections and this Summer’s cataclysmic EU referendum have been opportunities for liars, demagogues and PR specialists to practice their skills on the population, in order to sway it to their will. The phenomenon is not unique to the UK, nor of course is it unprecedented.
But the pervasive dishonesty… Continue reading Six Truth Works Three Tattoos
The hyphen between
I and Thou
is our last stand
There’s nowhere else
to retreat to. No set answer
no fixed place. Centuries back
the desert fathers came here
and left strange word behind
among… Continue reading Three Poems post-Brexit