Category Archives: Poetry

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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Heron of Hawthornden

At last Heron of Hawthornden is published – now as a Grey Suit Editions UK special illustrated chap-book. I wrote two dizains a day for the length of my 2017 residency in the castle. The sequence is accompanied by my own water-colours. … Continue reading

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Latest News from Grey Suit Editions

There is a new review of The Step is the Foot . It’s by Alan Price in the Fortnightly. Follow all our posts on the blog of Grey Suit Editions, click link below. Grey Suit Editions This year we published two … Continue reading

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Yeah! High Fives all round!

Well, this is great! This journal of mine, or blog, or whatever you want to call it, has just hit 40,000 views! Thanks to all of you who have clicked on any post of mine. As an outlying writer, a … Continue reading

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Iliassa Sequin 1940-2019

The death has occurred of Iliassa Sequin, a poet much admired by the New York School. She was a friend of Nobel prize winner Odysseas Elytis, Paul Celan, Max de Carvalho and John Ashbery. Grey Suit Editions will be publishing … Continue reading

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Thoughts from the Wife of Bath

             “My liege lady, generally,” quod he, “Wommen desiren to have sovereynetee As wel over hir housbond as hir love, And for to been in maistrie hym above. This is youre mooste desir, thogh ye me kille. Dooth as … Continue reading

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