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Kayak Woman

Kayak Woman

This little poem is about my friend in Wivenhoe who loves kayaking more than anyone I know. It is shaped like the river, and the verse in italics represents the woman in her kayak. The structure is kind of a deconstructed Quennet developed by Phil Terry from the...
Fragments of Genova

Fragments of Genova

I went to a beautiful country wedding this weekend where I met some wonderful people with mixed heritage and it reminded me of this poem. I wrote it as part of a collection of poems based on interviews with local women, however this one reflects some of my own...
The Petrified Forest

The Petrified Forest

Here is a response to a visit yesterday to the Petrified Forest in Mundon which was recommended to me by a friend from Wivenhoe. I found it beautiful rather than scary, but I still could not resist the temptation to pen a spooky poem. One theory is that the trees...
A Short Film About Dyslexia

A Short Film About Dyslexia

I had a bit of trouble reading my poems at Wild About Wivenhoe yesterday because of the background noise. I got chatting about it to a fellow dyslexic friend in the Black Buoy last night, and he set me the challenge of writing a poem about my dyslexia. So here is a...
The Giantess – a response

The Giantess – a response

This picture Leonora Carrington’s The Giantess, c1947 stopped me in my tracks this evening. Sorry about the image, I should not really be lifting it anyway! I am not sure any of us can explain why a particular work of art captures us, but when it happens it is...
All the Tattoos I Never Had

All the Tattoos I Never Had

I am still enjoying The Way the Crocodile Taught Me by Katrina Naomi this week. I love her honest and playful reflections on growing up, and the experimental storytelling such as in Step-father Graph. Over the summer I am going to try out some contemporary themes and...