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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 Witch of Wivenhoe

The Witch of Wivenhoe

The poem reflects social expectations, and the contrast between the town and the countryside. The theme again is transformation, and the river allows the witch to be something else which brings her playful happiness, symbolised by the seal. The ending infers that...
Wild Booze

Wild Booze

When I am not writing poems or studying, I like to go out foraging for berries and sea greens. This is a picture of the 2016 wild booze I brewed. My great grandfather owned a distillery in Genoa, Italy, and one of his liquors was patented and became famous all over...