Welcome to my poetry site.
That’s me on the threshold of the room where Basho wrote his first book of haiku. (If my smile looks a little fixed, it’s because there was a far-right demonstration taking place on the street outside, about ten yards in front of me.)
I was awarded third prize in the 2016 Stephen Spender Prize, for a passage from my translation of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. You can read my entry here.
I’m the author of three books for creative professionals: Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success, Motivation for Creative People, and Productivity for Creative People.
Why I write this poetry blog
If you read poetry then you probably recognise that feeling when you read something really great — maybe not a whole poem, perhaps just a line or stanza — and there’s no one there to share it with.
This blog is my answer to that problem. I use it as a notebook to jot down thoughts about the poetry I’m reading, in the hope that someone, somewhere may find them of interest. I also paste in my own publications — poems, reviews and articles.
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