Category Archives: Poetry

J-L Forain’s take on Verlaine’s Poem

THE LOVER OF NATURE x Paris being not a spit Worth spittin, I am gonna split. But ‘ow my soul’s a poet’s innit, Sundays when my gaff I quit, The country’s bout as cool as shit. x The overland’s a … Continue reading

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Shiva and my ‘Songs of Realisation’

photo by Dilys Bidewell Many of my Indian readers (and others) may enjoy my most recent collection of poems – Songs of Realisation. These three long poems celebrate what is on the earth, what is below the earth and what … Continue reading

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IMAGE x Poor faun, who must expire, Reflect me in your pupils. Take my memory to dance For my dark immortals. x Go, and tell those pensive dead For whom my pranks were a joy so rare, I dream of … Continue reading

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A Cloud Garden for Bruce Grove

Petition to make a Cloud Garden in Luke Howard’s House – The ‘Namer of Clouds’ resided in Bruce Grove, off Tottenham High Street. Here is a poem Goethe wrote to him. CLOUD FORMS X When, from the water’s quiet mirror, … Continue reading

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I Believe in Bill

People may dismiss my distrust of Bill Gates as conspiratorial, but wouldn’t I be even more spooky if I were to endorse his projects?  This thought inspired the following poem:   I BELIEVE IN BILL   I believe in Bill … Continue reading

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An Essay on Fawzi Karim

Click here for my essay on Fawzi Karim  together with a selection of his verse in The latest issue of The High Window. The two books of my versions of his poetry are Plague Lands and Incomprehensible Lesson – both published by Carcanet.

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Write where we are now

Pleased to see two more poems of mine in Write where we are Now Carol Ann Duffy’s initiative with Manchester University, during lock-down. They have used four. I must say, I am encouraged! My thanks to all involved. Scroll down … Continue reading

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Two Families of Rats

Sonnet VII, from Immoral Sonnets, published in Sonnets, 1999, Grey Suit Editions x Two families of rats were placed inside Some rooms which set a limit to their space. Adequately housed, they multiplied; Indeed, their population grew apace. Next, overcrowding caused them to decide … Continue reading

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“Children’s shoes have far to go.”

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Boyd K. Packer Watch Jack Chapple. x CHILDREN’S SHOES x Have far to go, And the road stretches Ahead of them All the way to infinity. x Romper … Continue reading

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The Antonine Plague

At first it was simply a mild irritation At his slightly buck-toothed expression. He carried on, convincingly enough, But then there was his lisp, you hardly heard it At first, but gradually it became unmissable: THs as Fs. It was … Continue reading

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